” The Times reports that this new group will dedicate itself to “recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s effort to win control of the Senate.”
But it is American Crossroads and its ilk that have run the GOP into the ground. Spending millions of dollars on useless 30,000-ft. advertising campaigns during the last election cycle, training candidates to soften conservatism in order to appeal to “moderates,” blowing up the federal budget under George W. Bush as a bipartisan tactic – all of those strategies led the party to a disastrous defeat in 2012. The Tea Party, which may nominate losers from time to time, also brought the Republicans their historic 2010 Congressional victory. If Tea Party candidates lose, it’s because they weren’t good candidates; if GOP establishment candidates lose, it’s because they weren’t good conservatives. The choice for actual conservatives should be easy.
But it isn’t. The Bush insider team that helped lead to the rise of Barack Obama insists that they, and only they, know the path to victory. As the Times reports, Conservative Victory Project won’t merely protect incumbents – it will challenge sitting Congresspeople of the Tea Party variety, including six-term Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, who may run for Senate.
- Karl Rove launches initiative to keep tea party candidates out of elections (rawstory.com)
- Rove Declares War on Tea Party (breitbart.com)
- Republican Donors Finance New Karl Rove-Backed Group Targeting Extreme Conservatives (alan.com)
- Dissension within GOP-land. Pass the popcorn! (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Karl Rove launches attempt to silence Tea Party influence; conservatives fire back (twitchy.com)
- Moderate Republicans push back against Tea Party with campaign fund (guardian.co.uk)
- Karl Rove and rich GOP donors wage war on Tea Party (grumpyelder.com)