Veteran Conservative Calls for Tea Party to Take Back “Hijacked” GOP

Richard ViguerieTea Party conservatives who are angry at establishment Republicans for “hijacking” the Republican Party need to “take our party back,” says long-time conservative advocate Richard Viguerie.

In an excerpt from his new book “Takeover: The 100-Year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It,” Viguerie details the history of the modern conservative movement and how it has faltered in recent years.

“Over the past 100 years, an elite progressive minority has taken the Republican Party far afield from its conservative platform and the interests and values of its grassroots conservative base. For many on the right, these frustrations have boiled over into new calls for the formation of a third party.”

The political direct-marketing pioneer describes himself as a “Tea Partier before there was a Tea Party.” He details the history of the modern conservative movement and how its faltered in recent years.

Viguerie discussed how adding “limited-government Constitutional conservatives” to the coalition built by President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s helped the GOP take the House in 2010, and nearly win back control of the Senate.

He was previously in favor of creating a third political party after Barry Goldwater’s defeat in the 1964 Presidential election. However, he’s joined many others in recent years who believe its best for limited-government conservatives to work from within to take the party back – even though the establishment hasn’t appreciated the Tea Party’s efforts.

“Yes, it makes all of us angry when John Boehner, who was made Speaker of the House through the efforts of millions of tea party movement voters and volunteers, refers to limited-government constitutional conservatives as ‘knuckle-draggers.'”

Vigeurie also mentioned how tea party supporters were blamed for Mitt Romney’s loss in the 2012 Presidential election “and the discrediting of the Republican establishment that tied the future of the party to Romney’s content-free campaign.

“Now is not the time for conservatives to give up on the Republican Party and bolt to a third party,” he said. “Now is the time to redouble our efforts to finish the job we started more than 50 years ago and complete the takeover of the GOP.”