As pretty much everyone predicted, the Romney loss in Tuesday’s election has set off a civil war within the Republican party. A group of prominent conservatives held a press conference at the National Press Club in DC on Thursday, demanding that the entire GOP leadership resign:
“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…
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.”
There are two sides to this battle: Those who are going to argue that the Republican party must return to its conservative roots — as if they ever left them — and those who are going to argue that the party most moderate its position on issues like immigration, gay rights and women’s rights if it has any hope of attracting younger and minority voters.
Sean Hannity, of all people, seems to be staking out a moderate position, at least on immigration:
“It’s simple to me to fix it,” Hannity said. “I think you control the border first. You create a pathway for those people that are here — you don’t say you’ve got to go home. And that is a position that I’ve evolved on. Because, you know what, it’s got to be resolved. The majority of people here, if some people have criminal records you can send them home, but if people are here, law-abiding, participating for years, their kids are born here, you know, first secure the border, pathway to citizenship, done.”
A few months ago — hell, a few weeks ago — he would have blasted that idea as liberal appeasement.