Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly bashed on Saturday former — and failed — Republican presidential nominees Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney, calling them establishment candidates who moved to the center based on advice from consultants rather than embracing conservative values.
“We’ve had the establishment pick another loser for us,” she said of Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee, at CPAC. “The fight we have, and the fight I want you to engage in, is the establishment against the grassroots. The establishment has given us a whole series of losers. Bob Dole and John McCain. Mitt Romney.”
“Why is it that the establishment has given us this bunch of losers?” she added later.
Schlafly, like some other speakers at CPAC, insisted that Washington, D.C., consultants were in part to blame for Republican losses in 2012. Karl Rove, who founded the super PAC American Crossroads, drew her particular ire for backing so many candidates who lost.
“If you had a football coach with that kind of score, I don’t think you’d see him the next year,” she said of Rove.
Instead, she said the Republican Party needed to listen to people like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — who ironically was the vice presidential candidate to McCain, the Arizona senator who ran for president in 2008.
h/t Huffington Post