CHQ - GOP Needs New Management, but Old Principles

I thought you might like to read my article on the future direction of the Republican Party, which appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday, May 10.

In the article, I wrote:

Two major debates face conservative Republicans about the future of the party. The first, rekindled by Sen. Arlen Specter's party switch, is whether the GOP should move further leftward. The second is whether conservatives should tone down their advocacy on social issues. History is on the side of outspoken conservatives in both debates. . .

Republicans can try smoke and mirrors, but they really need new leaders who will reverse the big-government policies of Bush 43 and congressional Republicans, and actually articulate and move a conservative agenda forward. . .

Conservatives should no longer look to Republican politicians for leadership, and should assume the role of leading the opposition to Obama and the Democrats. We believe we have a party and a country to save, and the GOP establishment is in our way.

You can visit my blog at to leave comments about my article, or read the complete article at,0,6986091.story.

P.S. The L.A. Times used a more sensationalist headline, "What Republicans Need is a Mutiny," than what I submitted. The point is the GOP does need new leaders, but the leadership must first come from us, the conservatives.

Richard A. Viguerie

Richard A. Viguerie pioneered political direct mail and has been called "one of the creators of the modern conservative movement" (The Nation magazine), one of the "conservatives of the century" (The Washington Times), and one of 2008's "top 25 influencers" among Republicans (NewsMax magazine).