Chiefs of several key conservative organizations Wednesday released a copy of a letter to the leadership in the U.S. Senate, telling Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others they need to resign from those posts because they are not capable of providing the leadership the nation needs.
It’s just the latest, and one of the highest-profile, blasts at a Republican team in the Senate that has been unable or unwilling to deliver on just about any of their own president’s agenda points so far.
Nothing on Obamacare repeal, nothing on tax reform, nothing on the border wall, and more.
Even though the GOP has the majority in the Senate, the U.S. House and controls the White House.
The letter was signed by Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, Adam Brandon, president of FreedomWorks, Brent Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica, David Bozell, president of ForAmerica and Richard Viguerie, a political direct mail pioneer.
“You and the rest of your leadership team were given the majority because you pledged to stop the steady flow of illegal immigration,” the letter states. “You have done nothing. You pledged to reduce the size of this oppressive federal government. You have done nothing. You pledged to reduce, and ultimately eliminate the out-of-control deficit spending that is bankrupting America. You have done nothing. You promised to repeal Obamacare, ‘root and branch.’ You have done nothing. You promised tax reform. You have done nothing.”
The letter to McConnell, Majority Whip John Cornyn, Texas, Roy Blunt, Missouri, John Thune, South Dakota, and John Barrasso, Wyoming, continued, “You were not going to ‘drain the swamp.’ You are the swamp.”
The letter also cited the Senate’s failure to stop taxpayers’ forced support for abortion.
Cuccinelli said McConnell has “failed to stop liberal policies” and actually worked “to advance Obama’s agenda,” including on the Iran deal, “countless debt deals,” and amnesty.
The Senate, he pointed out, has put into office only seven of President Trump’s judicial nominees, “less than one judge a month.”
“2017 has been a disappointing year for the millions of Americans who fully expected, and had every right to expect real change in Washington. Republicans were given full control of the federal government. They – you – have done nothing,” Wednesday’s letter said.
The conservative group chiefs continued, “It is time for you and your leadership team to step aside, for new leadership that is committed to the promise made to the American people. America is too good for you to lead it.”
The letter adds pressure on the members of the Senate who flamboyantly flamed out on a recent attempt to repeal Obamacare. It was just the latest failure – after party members spent seven years promising that action if they controlled Congress and the White House.
The pressure also is being applied by groups and organizations that say they will seek to recruit primary election opponents for members of the so-called GOP establishment in Washington.
That suddenly turned into a viable option when former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, a dedicated conservative and total outsider, defeated the Washington-annointed candidate, Luther Strange, in the GOP primary to replace Sen. Jeff Sessions, now the attorney general.
WND columnist Star Parker wrote that it was with “dismay” that Washington insiders saw the Moore victory.
“The Republican establishment doesn’t want their party branded with Moore’s hardcore, outspoken Christian fundamentalism. They don’t buy it, and they’re afraid that it will spill over to challenges in upcoming Senate races and hurt their party,” Parker wrote. “But the same flawed political conventional wisdom that led Republican leadership to back the wrong candidate in this race is operating all the time, and lessons never seem to be learned.”
She continued, “Ohio Gov. John Kasich expressed his trepidations, on one of the Sunday morning talk shows, about the state of the Republican Party, and when asked if Judge Moore represents the party’s future, he said, ‘I hope not.’ Kasich ran for the presidency against Donald Trump and in the end refused to support Trump. He said he wrote in John McCain on his ballot. But McCain is a poster child for why voters are fed up with Washington.”
She explained what may be the goal for the conservatives: “If he gracefully retired in 2010, as he should have, chances are a young conservative would be in his seat, McCain’s key obstructive vote against Republican health-care reform would not have been there, and we would have a health-care bill today and the beginning of the unwinding of Obamacare.”
Former White House strategist Stephen Bannon is one of the players who advocates backing conservative challengers to settled Republican incumbents.
The letter pointed out that a good number of the agenda items already have been adopted by the House, with a president waiting their arrival so he can sign them. The only holdup? The Senate.
“President Trump and the House of Representatives have done their part,” the letter said. “You sank it all.”
David Bozell, of For America, explained, “If this was a football team, and you’d lost this many times, you’d start seriously considering firing the coaches.”
The coalition didn’t release a list of recommended replacements, but they did note there are candidates available.
“If I had to pick someone, I’d love to draft like Pat Toomey maybe,” FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon said.
A WND request for comment from McConnell’s office during office hours was rejected with a message that said the phone line was not set up to receive messages.