A top leader of the country's conservative movement said the resignation of Congressman Roy Blunt as Minority Whip shows that "grassroots conservatives are being heard."
Richard Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, called Blunt "a good man," but added that "the Republican Party needs to go in a new direction with new leaders."
"Conservatives who make up the base of the Republican Party know that we will never get to the political Promised Land with the leaders who got us into this mess," said Viguerie in a statement released Monday.
"The so-called 'cranky conservatives' - those who refused to fall in line behind the Republican Party, and who maintained their independence, at the price of being ridiculed as 'impossible to please' - deserve credit for forcing the Republicans to change leaders. And credit should also go to those Republicans in Congress who risked their careers by demanding changes at the top," Viguerie said.
Blunt, the No. 2 Republican in the House, announced last Thursday that he was stepping aside after Democrats added to their numbers in Congress and captured the White House.
But Viguerie urged conservatives that the job is not yet done. The man who The Washington Times calls, "one of the conservatives of the century," said that most of the other top G.O.P. Congressional leaders should also step aside for fresh faces. He named House Minority Leader John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and the Republican Party chairman, Mike Duncan as his top targets.
"It's time to finish the job. The Republican leaders in the House and Senate, at the Republican National Committee, and everyone else responsible for this debacle, must go," Viguerie said.