House Minority Leader
Conservative Republicans in California have issued an ultimatum to their party's congressional leadership.
Step down and let new blood take over in the next Congress or face fiscal alienation.
That, at least, is what conservative commentator Robert Novak is reporting on Gopusa.com.
Novak quotes the message sent by Orange County Republicans to the GOP leadership directly:
"Come Nov. 5, should the current GOP leadership in either house survive to lead in a new Congress, the Lincoln Club of Orange County will review the financial backing of all congressional Republicans, and we urge others to do likewise. A GOP caucus that would re-elect such leaders is not one we would likely continue to support. Because, simply put, we refuse to support a permanent minority."
It's obvious conservative Republicans are none-too-enamored with presidential candidate John McCain. But they will support him, over Barack Obama. Especially if the moderate McCain shows them some respect by appointing a conservative running mate.
But this move targeting the congressional leadership is far more proactive.
Of course, the Orange County Lincoln Club is just one Republican group out of thousands. But their action is noteworthy. It'll be interesting to see if other Republican clubs follow suit.