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WASHINGTON – “The failed Republican leadership should resign,” said Richard Viguerie, the head of Conservative HQ and the lead spokesman at a press conference held by disappointed conservative leaders at the National Press Club.
The event followed Barack Obama’s narrow popular vote victory in this week’s presidential election, a result that will now allow the full implementation of the biggest tax hike on American families ever – Obamacare – as well as other second-term plans such as gun control.
Viguerie was joined by L. Brent Bozell III, president of the Media Research Center; Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List; Jenny Beth Martin, the national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots; Alfred S. Regnery, president, The Paul Revere Project; and Jeff Bell of American Principles Project.
Each speaker denounced the failure of the GOP establishment and the Mitt Romney campaign to embrace conservative values with conviction.
The electoral defeat of Romney and the failure of Republicans to capture the United States Senate was decried as a “disaster.”
While leaders accepted that Romney ran more or less on a moderate conservative platform, they were disappointed with the way the GOP platform was presented and defended against Democrat attacks.
They emphasized that this was the first election since the Reagan administration that a Democratic candidate won an election while doing “little if anything to obscure the nature and content of its agenda.”
Chief among the complaints was the failure of the Romney campaign to make Obama’s extreme abortion views – he’s advocated letting infants who survive abortions die unattended – a part of the campaign.
In contrast to the Romney’s defeat, Dannenfelser celebrated the election of the second pro-life woman to the United States Senate.
The group also concluded that the Republican Party failed to reach out to family values-oriented blacks and Hispanics. However, they were quick to emphasize that outreach to Hispanics did not include amnesty for border violators and illegal aliens.
When asked why he believed Hispanics would support conservatives Viguerie responded that “Hispanics embrace family values more than other groups [and the] group is more entrepreneurial. We are not going to change our values to suit Hispanics we are going to run Hispanic candidates who share our values.”
Regarding black Americans, Bozell was critical of the GOP leadership.
“Every time we lose the black vote there’s talk within the GOP establishment of expending resources on reaching out to black voters, that’s always in the off year. But in the election-year they look at the numbers from the previous election and decide that spending money on outreach would be a waste of resources and we repeat the same cycle.”
The conservative leaders were highly critical of the Bush-era GOP leadership. especially Mitch McConnell and Karl Rove. The stated goal of the group is for the tea party to take over the GOP, reform it and reverse Obama’s agenda.
“The Bush legacy is the end of the Reagan legacy,” Bozell said.