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Fiery Bozell: Excommunicate Boehner, Rove, Barbour, Ryan, Jeb

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Conservative firebrand Brent Bozell used his CPAC-ending speech Saturday to blast virtually every Republican establishment leader as out of touch and responsible for last November's crushing election, and urged the movement throw them off a cliff.

"Since those disastrous elections in November there's been a whole lot of gnashing of teeth, beating of breasts, whipping of backs and all sorts of other rather silly machinations as one so-called expert after another tells us how we have to rethink our movement," Bozell said.

"No we don't. Stop listening to the professional politicians and consultants most responsible for those political train wrecks. If you need someone to pilot your ship, you don't hire the captain of the Titanic," he said.

Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica, also did something skittish conservative speakers refrained from doing at the annual conservative bash: He named names.

"John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy: You said all the right things to conservatives to propel the GOP back to the majority and you to the top three leadership positions in the House," said Bozell. But, he added, "You've done nothing for over two years but give us excuses and more commitments that tomorrow, yes tomorrow, you'll honor your promises. Gentlemen, where promises are concerned, you are not what you promised to be."

Moderate Jeb Bush was next. "Jeb Bush, about those proposed tax increases of yours. Apparently you didn't get the memo that when Republicans agree to raise taxes if Democrats will agree to cut spending, one side always keeps its word, and the other always breaks it. You also need to do some research on what happens to Bush family members who raise taxes."

A big critic of GOP strategist Karl Rove, he laced up his gloves to hit harder. "No wonder Media Matters has called Karl Rove the Republican 'voice of reason.' The ultimate in cynical arrogance arrived last month when Rove and his fellow professional consultants announced the formation of the so-called Conservative Victory Project. They really thought they'd get away with it. They didn't. You can put lipstick on a pig, but a pig it remains," said Bozell. "The last thing the GOP needs is for the anti-conservative professional political consultant class infecting its ranks. And the last thing we conservatives want is them infiltrating ours."

Next: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. "You ran, and won as a fiscal conservative. You leave punishing Virginia with the largest tax increase in history. I wish we'd never elected you."

Even Rep. Paul Ryan got Bozell-ed. "Paul Ryan, you're a good man and you mean well, and good for you for your courage trying to reform Medicare and rid us of Obamacare. But your proposed budget that has the federal government spending $41 trillion over the next 10 years, with more and more and more spending increases every single year, and assumes all the oppressive Obamacare taxes. Congressman, that's what liberal Democrats do, not us."

Old bull Haley Barbour, the former Mississippi governor now back with his lobbying firm, even got whacked. "Haley Barbour, my friend, when you call for unity and on conservatives to 'sing from the same hymnal' and then publicly trash good conservative groups like Club for Growth for supporting good conservatives, you're out of tune, and you're out of line."

Bozell said that the conservatism doesn't need to change, and the movement must promote good old American "goodness."

Bozell said, "It is that goodness that saved the world from Nazism, then Communism, and now international terrorism. It is a goodness that once believed in a moral code that had God on our currency, his Commandments in our courts, and his prayer in our schools. This was American exceptionalism. This is where we must go again. Let this be the clarion call of conservatism: Back to greatness. And let it begin today."

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