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Viguerie: Primary Election Results Mean Congressional Republicans Will Move to the Right

by Staff
May 21, 2010
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MANASSAS, Va., ( -- Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of, issued the following statement today:

"Recent election defeats of establishment Republicans means congressional Republican leadership will develop backbone, especially in the Senate, and aggressively challenge the entirety of the Democratic agenda.

"Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is already showing it's no longer acceptable to put up a polite but ineffective defense against the left's legislative agenda. As reported in The New York Times and Politico, the morning after Rand Paul defeated McConnell's hand-picked Senate candidate in Kentucky by a wide margin, Mr. McConnell gave his strongest floor opposition to the big-government financial reform bill.

"Republicans apparently did not learn from the 2006 and 2008 losses. But with recent primary results, their hearing seems to have improved.

"Expect Republicans to now much more aggressively fight Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court.

"Expect Republican Senators to put serious road blocks up for most all of Obama's nominees, especially to the courts.

"Expect to hear congressional Republicans stand strongly against every Democratic proposal. Few if any Republicans will risk being seen working with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barack Obama and other Democrats.

"Expect to hear more Republicans attacking President Obama not only as a big-government liberal, but as actually a socialist.

"Expect to hear Republicans saying they want to not just slow down the growth of government, but shrink it. We may even begin hearing from Republicans genuine proposals to clean up the corrupt way our government operates, and return to a truly constitutional way of governing.

"With apologies to John Donne -- Ask not establishment Republican leaders for whom the election results are for -- they are for thee."

Richard A. Viguerie pioneered political direct mail and has been called "one of the creators of the modern conservative movement" (The Nation magazine) and one of the "conservatives of the century" (Washington Times). He is the author of Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause.

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