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<DIV =msgarea><TT>Richard Viguerie tells it like it is. </TT></DIV>
<DIV =msgarea><TT>I noted that Rick Santorum steered clear of a meeting with Dubya in Philadelphia, although I'm getting a feeling that it may be too late to shift gears.</TT></DIV>
<DIV =msgarea><TT>If we're stuck with a Democrat-elect congress a year from now, you can thank GWB and GWB alone for alienating the Republican voter base.</TT></DIV>
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<DIV =msgarea><TT>Viguerie: Elections Show GOP Paying Price for Bush
Results from Tuesday's elections confirm the results of a recent poll that showed President Bush's move to the left has hurt Republican electoral chances, said conservative icon Richard Viguerie.
The day after Democrats won the race for governor in New Jersey and red state Virginia, Viguerie said:
"Republican candidates yesterday paid the price for President Bush's move to the left exhibited by his expansion of government programs, power and spending at the expense of personal, religious and economic freedom.
"He has not been in sync with conservatives, who are the mainstream of American voters, on immigration and too many other policies.
"Voters rejected the politics of compromise by President Bush and the Republican leadership, and want a more principled, populist direction within the GOP."
In the poll by Viguerie's ConservativeHQ.com:
69 percent of those surveyed said Bush is not governing as a conservative.
62 percent said they were "disappointed" or "angry" over President Bush and the Republican-led Congress.</TT></DIV><TT>
70 percent said they would support "a principled conservative candidate running against an establishment Republican incumbent in a 2006 Republican primary."
25 percent said they would reduce their financial support for the GOP in 2006, and 27.4 percent said they would end it completely. Regarding the 2006 election, 13.36 percent agreed with the statement: "I'm so disappointed that I may sit this election out."</DIV>
Respondents gave Bush a grade of D for "controlling government spending" - and a D- for "reducing illegal immigration."
"To save his presidency and prevent devastating Republican losses in '06, President Bush needs to take drastic action by replacing most of his White House policy personnel with effective, principled
conservatives," said Viguerie, who pioneered ideological and political direct mail and helped elect Ronald Reagan in 1980.
"President Bush's ratings are not low for acting like a
conservative. They're low for not."