“We’ve had Bob Dole, we’ve had (Gerald) Ford, we had (John) McCain, and now we did (Mitt) Romney, and they lost…because those guys do not necessarily reflect what I think the majority of conservatives, probably the majority of Americans, truly believe,” said Scottie Hughes, news director for the Tea Party News Network.
Hughes added that a desirable conservative candidate is someone who advocates “core principles,” such as liberty, freedom, and limited government, which were so important to the Founding Fathers.
Todd Cefaratti, a TPNN editor, says he knows what conservatives need to do to regain control of the White House: “The Tea Party has not yet begun to fight. It’s time for a wholesale reassessment of the D.C. establishment politicians and party grandees who have no commitment or courage to reduce the size of government,” Cefaratti said.
“[But] unfortunately, time and time again the establishment Republican Party continually keeps putting these candidates [forward], saying, ‘This is who we need to support.’ And most of the time those are usually not the folks who represent true conservative Republican values,” said Hughes.
Hughes said that if conservative and libertarian groups found a way to combine forces, they might be able to settle on a candidate who could win without the need to appeal to moderates.
“We await the day to find the candidate that’s not just sitting there in his country club writing checks and [who] lives within the D.C. Beltway to actually come out of the process and say, ‘You know what, I’m a small business owner, I have a good education, I think I’ve got some great policies, I want to be a congressman.’
“We await the day that those people can once again come back and begin to fight. Unfortunately what it looks like right now as a Republican is, you have to be at least a millionaire in order to run for a higher office,” Hughes said.
Romney tried to appeal to the conservative GOP base during the Republican primaries, but in the view of some conservatives, Romney was never one of them.
As CNSNews.com reported on Wednesday, one conservative congressman has called Romney “the most liberal Republican nominee in history.”
“Mitt Romney is a good man, with a good family,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the chairman of the House Republican Study Committee, said the day after the election. “But let’s be honest: Republicans nominated the most liberal Republican nominee in history.”
Jordan cited Romneycare in Massachusetts, as well as Romney’s shifting positions on abortion and taxes.