Michael W. Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:
Conservative leader L. Brent Bozell III, a nephew of the late William F. Buckley Jr., criticized a commentary in the New York Times that claimed his uncle, if alive today, would seek to purge “fringe” Tea Party folks and other “moon-bat” conservatives from the GOP.
Bozell said Buckley instead would argue that “moderates” such as Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Karl Rove should be “driven from our ranks.”
In the Dec. 3 commentary, writer David Welch, a former research director for the Republican National Committee, equated the Tea Party and conservative talk radio with the John Birch Society, the latter which Buckley did expel from the conservative movement in the 1960s. . . .
Chapman quotes from Bozell's letter: “Let me suggest to you what my uncle would have said instead, while laughing at Mr. Welch’s proposal: ‘Given that the Tea Party is definitely not the John Birch Society, we therefore do not need moderates like Jeb Bush or Chris Christie and operatives like Karl Rove running the conservative movement. They are ideally suited to be driven from our ranks.’”
Chapman reports that "Bozell is chairman of ForAmerica, a grassroots conservative group committed to traditional American principles. He is also president of the Media Research Center, the parent organization of CNSNews.com."
For more on the "fringe" Tea Party, "How the New Resistance Can Win the Culture War" may be of interest.