- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 4, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Rush Limbaugh delivered his first-ever “state of the union” address with his speech to the nation Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). It was a brilliant speech that brought the house down.

Conservatives had been licking their wounds and whimpering since the 2006 and 2008 elections, but they got a dose of Mr. Limbaugh all across the nation and have come roaring back. It is quite understandable why President Obama doesn’t want conservatives and Republicans to listen to Mr. Limbaugh.

Mr. Limbaugh expressed many of the same concerns and ideas I share. I did not see Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele at the conference, but I sure hope he was listening.

Mr. Limbaugh pointed out some salient points about the Republican Party. As a conservative independent, I have seen a lot of weak areas and trouble spots in the party.

I have been talking about the problems since 1996, when I left the party (or I should say the party left me). Mr. Limbaugh highlighted the need to confront and correct those Republicans who are saying the era of Ronald Reagan is over.

Nothing could be further from the truth. These are the same people Mr. Obama embraces. He wants them to represent the Republican Party so they remain in the minority forever. The president wants to pick the leaders of the Republican Party, and a lot of East Coast Republicans are nodding their heads in agreement with him.

A fight is going on inside the Republican Party, and it is one that eventually will bring the party back to its roots and principles and put it back on the winning track. The era of big government and socialism can be defeated in spite of the RINOs (Republicans in name only). Meanwhile, huge numbers of conservatives exist outside the party and will return to the party only if it returns to its conservative ideals and principles. Mr. Limbaugh, Gov. Sarah Palin, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sean Hannity and Mitt Romney can and will make that happen.

The ecstatic mood of the CPAC crowd and the fiery oration of Mr. Limbaugh made it quite clear that conservatives are looking forward eagerly to the coming fights against the Democrats, socialism and big government in 2010 and 2012.

Mr. Limbaugh’s CPAC speech should be the turning point for the Republicans. If the leaders now in place fail to heed his advice, the party will remain in the minority for the foreseeable future.

JIMMIE HOLLIS

Millville, N.J.


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