Conservative “Godfather” Discusses Lessons from Walker

By US Daily Review.

Richard A. Viguerie, who was a pioneer in political direct mail and has been called “one of the creators of the modern conservative movement” (The Nation) 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.

Viguerie issued the following statement regarding the results of the recall election in Wisconsin:

“The real reason Governor Scott Walker won is simple and something that Mitt Romney and his presidential campaign team should take to heart.  Walker won because he ran and governed as an unabashed principled, small government, constitutional conservative.

“The power of Walker’s win could contribute greatly to a Romney victory in November if Mitt’s campaign team can shake-off their moderate establishment Republican instincts and absorb its real lesson.

“Just as Ronald Reagan once described his vision of the Republican Party, Governor Walker’s campaign was a campaign, not of pale pastels, but of bold conservative colors–encouraging jobs and economic development, balancing the budget, reducing taxes, and streamlining the state’s bureaucracy.

“By standing for conservative principles, Scott Walker traveled the trail Reagan blazed to victory in 1980 and 1984, that Newt Gingrich followed to the Contract with America victory in 1994, and the Tea Party took to win the wave election in 2010.  These were big agenda-changing victories–not skin of your teeth wins, such as Bush’s in 2000 and 2004, where we traded one set of establishment players for another.

“Victory always has 1,000 fathers, but no amount of money or organization could have helped Scott Walker if he had not stuck with his conservative principles.

“Governor Walker’s victory proves once again the lesson Republicans should have learned in 1980:  Reagan’s bold colors win elections.  If Mitt Romney will adopt those bold conservative colors for his campaign and his administration, he will win, even in traditionally Democratic-leaning states like Wisconsin.”

Regarding Scott Walker, Viguerie stated:

“Since Ronald Reagan left the national stage, many have auditioned for the role of leader of the conservative movement, but no one filled the Gipper’s shoes until Scott Walker came on the scene.

“Governor Walker shares with Reagan a trait that has been sorely lacking in the Republican Party for the past 23 years–a refusal to accept the status quo.

“In acting to end the corrupt bargain between Democrats and public sector unions, Walker followed Reagan in acting to rollback the failed policies of his predecessors, be they Democrats or Republicans.

“Of course, different times bring forth different issues, and in Reagan’s time, the transcendent issue was the fight against communism.  Today’s transcendent issue is the fight against the endless and all-consuming growth of government, championed by public sector unions and their liberal allies.

“In taking on communism, Reagan had a simple philosophy: we win, they lose.  Scott Walker likewise recognized that, in the fight against the growth of government, there can be no compromise–either Wisconsin cut spending and balanced its budget or it didn’t.  Anything other than actually cutting spending was merely a debate over the rate at which government grows.

“Conservatives have been hungering for a leader who could and would stand-up to the public sector unions and their liberal allies to rollback the size and growth of government before everything else–job creation, economic development, and the prospect of our children inheriting a better life and a better country–goes by the wayside, as it has in much of Europe.

“In a blue state, Governor Walker has shown establishment Republicans, including Mitt Romney and the Capitol Hill Republicans, that a bold conservative agenda is a political winner.  Taking on the public sector unions and winning the battle to rollback the size and cost of government has made Scott Walker the leader conservatives have been looking for, whether he wants the role or not.”

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.

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