With the recent debacle of the GOP in Mississippi and a devastating loss in a usually Republican dominated state, Conservative pundits across the country are in panic mode. The fear of losing more congressional seats in November is higher than ever before. There is a feverish attempt right now among conservatives to demand a comprehensive reform package from the GOP in Washington that conservatives can rally behind.
Newt Gingrich has talked and written extensively about how the GOP needs a complete transformation of policy if they are going to ragain the confidence of the average center-right American and recently urged an emergency session of republicans in Congress to develop a clear plan of action that conservatives can rally behind.
Sean Hannity has also come out and demanded the same…Here’s some audio from yesterdays’ show:
Fred Thompson is also now coming out publicly and saying the same (Townhall)
Our nation has some serious issues to work through for today … and for the next generation. Now isn’t the time for conservatives to be looking for a tailored message or a politically expedient route to victory if the end result is going to be the inevitable slide toward the liberalization and secularization of America, and the growth of government and loss of freedom that inevitably ensues.
For us conservatives it must be about principles and policies that are grounded in freedom, free markets and the rule of law. That’s what I’ve been talking and writing about for the past few years, and that’s what I want to talk write about here on Townhall and in the new Townhall Magazine.
My advice to conservatives: Cut your ties from the Republican party. Cut your ties to the McCain campaign. Run on principle.. it’s all you have… If you follow these other Republicans, you will go down.
Also yesterday, Rush Limbaugh added this:
You think I ought to be happy that there’s conservatism out there. I’m not happy my own party wants to get rid of it. I’m mad that my own party wants to cast conservatism aside. I know there’s plenty of conservatism out there. That’s the source of the frustration. But conservatism by itself cannot move things. It needs a political party. In our political structure, it is parties that get things done.
The Republican Party was the home of conservatism, and it still is. But the people that run the Republican Party right now are trying to get rid of it. And it’s a death wish. It is an absolute death wish. And I’ll tell you, if they happen to win, if the Republicans happen to win in November — ’cause, look, as I said earlier, we’re not going to vote for socialist Obama. He’s a full-blown ignoramus, embarrassingly uninformed about crucial things. We’re not going to vote for this guy. We’re not going to vote for Hillary. We wouldn’t vote for Al Gore.
For some of us the question is, are we going to vote at all? But it’s entirely possible, this newly constituted Republican Party which stands for nothing but “liberalism lite” might end up winning because a lot of the country might look at this socialist bunch the Democrats are offering and say pooey, and want no part of it, and then where are we?