“God has spoken to me. I listen to God, and what I’ve heard is that I’m supposed to devote myself to rebuilding the conservative base of the Republican party, and I think we shouldn’t be underestimated.”
— disgraced former Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX), who resigned under indictment on campaign finance-related charges, on his plans to save the movement
Of all people, Tom DeLay wants to launch a winger counter to MoveOn.org — and God told him to do it because all of his fringe friends are so despondent over Bush’s reign that they want to purify the conservative wing of the GOP.
One of the founders of the movement has no patience for the bleatings of DeLay:
Conservative leaders have always entertained suspicions about George W. Bush’s conservative credentials?in part because his father raised taxes while President, and in part because “compassionate conservatism,” which was a mantra of Bush’s 2000 campaign, sounded to some dangerously like “big-government conservatism.” DeLay’s willingness to spend tax money in order to keep his party in power came as a surprise to those who believed that he was a doctrinaire, limited-government conservative. “Bush was never a conservative, but Tom DeLay was one of us and he betrayed us,” Richard Viguerie, a founder of the modern conservative movement, says. “He’s like a lot of these guys. They campaign against the cesspool. ‘I’ll clean up the cesspool of government,’ but after a while they all say, ‘I made a mistake?it wasn’t a cesspool, it was a hot tub.’ That’s what they called him, you know, Hot Tub Tom.”