But perhaps nowhere has the lack of urgency manifested itself more than in the Republican presidential primary, where Republican disappointment with the field have prompted calls for other potential candidates, like Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, to enter the race.
Bozell said he knows it's early, and up until recently he gave the presidential contenders a free pass. But time is up, he said.
"When you see so many critical issues facing country and some of them are so damn important -- when there is a desperate need for presidential leadership at this point, those who would want to be considered president of the United States as a Republican better start coming up with those ideas," the conservative activist said.
If a candidate doesn't step up, Republicans will start looking elsewhere, even if it's outside the GOP, said Bozell. A third-party candidate with business experience and few Washington ties could be poised to attract widespread support, he thinks.
"If some third-party candidate emerges, he could sweep them aside."