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Rove Declares Open War for GOP Control

After watching Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell, Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin lose seats in the Senate for the Republicans by being batshit crazy, Karl Rove has formed a big money group to back establishment candidates and support them against the Tea Party types.

The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group 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 efforts to win control of the Senate.

The group, the Conservative Victory Project, is intended to counter other organizations that have helped defeat establishment Republican candidates over the last two election cycles. It is the most robust attempt yet by Republicans to impose a new sense of discipline on the party, particularly in primary races.

“There is a broad concern about having blown a significant number of races because the wrong candidates were selected,” said Steven J. Law, the president of American Crossroads, the “super PAC” creating the new project. “We don’t view ourselves as being in the incumbent protection business, but we want to pick the most conservative candidate who can win.”

The effort would put a new twist on the Republican-vs.-Republican warfare that has consumed the party’s primary races in recent years. In effect, the establishment is taking steps to fight back against Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations that have wielded significant influence in backing candidates who ultimately lost seats to Democrats in the general election.

Pass the popcorn, please. The difference between Rove and the Tea Party groups is only one of authenticity. The far right whose influence he’s trying to limit really is anti-gay, anti-woman and anti-religious freedom; Rove, on the other hand, is happy to exploit those positions for political advantage but he isn’t a True Believertm.

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  1. glodson says

    Wait…. didn’t Rove squander large sums of money in the last election with no real pay off?

    Please, conservative people, give him more money.

  2. raven says

    Karl Rove has formed a big money group to back establishment candidates and support them against the Tea Party types.

    I suspect they will lose. Again.

    1. They tried that the last election in 2008. It didn’t work.

    2. Far as I can tell, the GOP is too far down the rabbit hole to get out.

    They really have nothing but hatred of nonwhite and nonchristofascist groups. And cutting taxes.

    The Bush tax cuts were simply a disaster and didn’t work Clinton left us with a humming economy and a surplus which Bush promptly turned into a Great Recession and lost generation.

  3. says

    Rove is trying to raise money to counter a right-wing surge that Rove himself had helped to create and finance? This just shows how completely fucking hollow the entire “conservative” “movement” really is.

    In case Rove hasn’t noticed, there already is a movement of corporate-sponsored “insurgents” pretending to fight the Tea Party who are financed by the same corporations. They’re called “libertarians.” How many more sock-puppets do they need for their pretend-battle? Or are they just going to stitch up a whole new set of sock-puppets every four years?

  4. otrame says

    Rove is after the dollars of those who look at what Rove did to the Republican party and despair. I honestly think Rove didn’t expect to lose control of the party when he encouraged the Tea Party. Now he and the “establishment” Republicans are in trouble and they finally see it.

    It’s been coming for a while now, and it tastes… like the very finest chocolate ice cream.

    But don’t assume it is too late for them. The group of people they want to vote for slightly less batshit candidates are pretty damned gullible and have short attention spans and even shorter memories.

  5. says

    Here’s an article where Rove says he’s NOT fighting against the Tea Party, he just wants to find stronger candidates:

    http://www.salon.com/2013/02/06/karl_rove_we_dont_want_to_fight_the_tea_party/

    The group of people they want to vote for slightly less batshit candidates are pretty damned gullible and have short attention spans and even shorter memories.

    They’re also people who really can’t bear to give up their longstanding party loyalty, and will take any improvement, no matter how small or phony, as validation of their continued mindless loyalty to the GOP.

  6. glodson says

    Rove is trying to raise money to counter a right-wing surge that Rove himself had helped to create and finance?

    The only thing that can stop a bad crazy Rove created and funded group of conservatives is a good crazy Rove created and funded group of conservatives.

  7. jamessweet says

    Akin wasn’t really a Tea Party candidate though… I mean, he was in that office since 2001, so he could only be a Tea Party candidate if he was a time traveler :p

    But yeah, this is entertaining nonetheless. Probably smart, I guess, but too little too late to save the patient

  8. says

    The GOP spent decades pandering to an assortment of religious fanatics, flat-earthers, and anti-government cranks. It worked pretty well for while, but now they’ve cultivated an entire generation of wingnuts who actually believe the bullshit. To make matters worse, they actually want a seat at the table when important decisions are made! Didn’t they know that their only purpose was to dutifully pull the level for the straight GOP ticket and them to back to watching Fox until they receive further instruction?

  9. anubisprime says

    jamessweet @ 8

    Yeah fair point but it is patently obvious that Akin was bat shit insane long before he opened his gob so publicly before the last election and proved it.

    And that bat shit insanity really needs a rancid nest to snuggle in…the Tea party provided that with room to spare for all the other jeebus drooling, wimmins’ hatin’, ignorance above all else, gun slobbering psychotics from the rethug platform.

    Just fitted him like a glove…no wonder he slipped inside ‘n’ got ‘nekid’…it provided his spiritual home!

  10. naturalcynic says

    Rove, on the other hand, is happy to exploit those positions for political advantage but he isn’t a True Believertm.

    This is true in more than one sense. Rove is an atheist, at one time whining that he wished he wasn’t, but had no reason to believe. A true mercenary for whatever causes conservative power brokers want.

    In case Rove hasn’t noticed, there already is a movement of corporate-sponsored “insurgents” pretending to fight the Tea Party who are financed by the same corporations. They’re called “libertarians.” How many more sock-puppets do they need for their pretend-battle? Or are they just going to stitch up a whole new set of sock-puppets every four years?

    It’s a little more complicated. It seems to me that the conflict is between a more populist grass roots christianist Tea Party that is funded by economic libertarians like the Kochs against the mercantilist old guard that is more ambivalent to religious extremes. and only uses them for votes while ignoring their rants.

  11. Reginald Selkirk says

    Akin wasn’t really a Tea Party candidate though… I mean, he was in that office since 2001…

    Questionable. Akin was in the House since 2001. The seat he ran for this last cycle was in the senate.

  12. Reginald Selkirk says

    naturalcynic #11: Rove is an atheist…

    Rove denies it, and insists that his comments were misinterpreted.

  13. kosk11348 says

    So having created this mess, Rove now promises to clean it up. He’s the “brilliant strategist” who secured two terms for George W. by promising the religious loons a seat at the table. Now that they’re jumping on the chairs and swinging from the chandeliers, he can’t get rid of them. Oh, well. Lie down with dogs and all that.

  14. Randomfactor says

    A recent teabagger newsletter I got says that Rove’s already waving the white flag. Because they’ve been so reliable in the past…

  15. fastlane says

    Pass some of that popcorn over here, this should be entertaining. I really want to see someone play on the “you made me” meme that could come from this.

  16. grendelsfather says

    I honestly think Rove didn’t expect to lose control of the party when he encouraged the Tea Party. Now he and the “establishment” Republicans are in trouble and they finally see it.

    Is it just me, or does anyone else get the images of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice scene from Fantasia popping into their heads? You know, with Rove in an over-sized cape and hat frantically running around trying to get control of the dark forces he originally summoned to help but can no longer control.

  17. dickspringer says

    Here is a parallel: German industrialists gave money to Hitler because they saw him as useful in fighting socialists and communists. We know how that turned out.

  18. arpie says

    The super-pacs really bit the Republicans in the butt in 2012. It kept some of the marginal candidates in the game long after they would have dropped out without pac funds. The right’s one talent is creating bumper sticker slogans and in this case they all came back to haunt their candidate in the general election.

    So here’s hoping Rove’s current efforts will be as helpful to his party as they were in the last election. Perhaps reading the ‘tea leaves’ incorrectly will be his downfall.

  19. Rodney Nelson says

    The economic conservatives (ECs) like Rove built up the religious right to give the GOP bulk and help win elections. Most ECs didn’t really care one way or the other about same-sex marriage, abortion or the rest of the Tea Party’s social concerns but they did care about enough bodies voting “the right way” for lower taxes, deregulation and the rest of the EC’s economic agenda. So the ECs supported the Tea Party’s social issues in turn for the Tea Party supporting the economic program.

    However the past election showed that many fiscal conservatives and social moderates were so disenchanted with the likes of Akin, Angle and Mourdock who went from “social conservative” to “batshit wacko” that many of these voters either refused to vote or voted for the wrong candidate. When Akin says something quite obviously wrong then a lot of people start wondering what else he’s wrong about and maybe he should be wrong somewhere else besides Congress. That’s what Rove and the other ECs are concerned about.

  20. raven says

    Is it just me, or does anyone else get the images of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice scene from Fantasia.

    Or Frankenstein’s monster.

    Rove created the christofascist GOP and now he is trying to catch his own monster before even more drastic things happen.

  21. Rip Steakface says

    @23

    But Frankenstein’s monster wasn’t malevolent, while the enchanted objects most definitely were.

  22. says

    Rip:

    If memory serves the enchanted brooms in “The Socerer’s Apprentice” cue in Fantasia might best be described as mindless rather than malevolent.

    In any case, while both the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and the Frankenstein analogies have their limits in comparison to what Rove & co did with the Tea Party, all three share in common the notion that people too enamoured with their abilities messed with forces beyond their understanding and control (although at least sorcerer’s apprentice Mickey Mouse could aspire to master the arcana he was studying).

  23. llewelly says

    “Wait…. didn’t Rove squander large sums of money in the last election with no real pay off?”

    Squander? For all we know, Rove secretly decided the Citizens United decision created the perfect opportunity to spend the money exactly how he had always wanted to – on himself.

    Perhaps, like certain other conservative rabble rousers, he has decided the conservative rank and file are better used as a source of income rather than a path to policy.

    Perhaps Rove was not really surprised that Obama won, but faked it because he did not want people to look too closely at how “poorly” he had spent the money.

  24. dingojack says

    What with the recent discovery in a Leicester car park, a little practical political advice from an earlier Richard might be appropriate here for Carl:

    Northumberland, thou ladder wherewithal the mounting Bolingbroke ascends my throne,
    the time shall not be many hours of age more than it is ere foul sin gathering head shalt break into corruption:
    thou shalt think, though he divide the realm and give thee half, it is too little, helping him to all;
    and he shall think that thou, which know’st the way to plant unrightful kings, wilt know again, being ne’er so little urged, another way to pluck him headlong from the usurped throne.
    The love of wicked men converts to fear; that fear to hate, and hate turns one or both to worthy danger and deserved death. – Richard II. Act V, scene I

    Dingo.

  25. anubisprime says

    Seems that Rove, apparently, up to his sweaty little little armpits as chief architect and Egor combined of the Tea party movement has made a fundamental miscalculation on the integrity of the Dominionist Christians who found the political platform handy and cosy for their twisted ambitions.

    You see the protocol, at least up to the formation of this supposedly legal political movement, had been that uber right-wing circle jerkin’ chanting of the sexually dysfunctional paranoia that infects all powerful, rich, white, right leaning, gun totin’, jeebus drooling, ignorant, righteous, dumb, fucks was always the hymn they sung when in groups of two or more.
    It was not meant to be heard by the seemingly heathen liberal majority and certainly not by a dubious media beyond Fox adherents.
    But the dominionist brigade got all bushy tailed and bright eyed at their new found a liberating freedom in a political context that allowed them to be who they actually are.

    Unfortunately they started firing their aspirational fireworks a little to early and what is more started to demand driving rights of the jalopy cos they thought they were the moral majority in charge of policy and flavour…they were drunk with the liberation and they had jeebus work to do!
    The erstwhile moderate Rethugs were no match for the clinically insane zombie horde and the reigns of purely political debate were smothered under the combined irrationality of a bunch of high profile dumb fucks and the incessant rallying calls of these mindless cretins agitating to overthrow a democratically chosen government.
    But in their lexicon, democracy is defined as anything they claim it is but not what it actually is..that would be inconvenient.

    The likes of Bachmann, Perry, Robertson, Palin, well in fact most of the GOP’s hierarchy have manoeuvred themselves either into using the momentum generated or revealed themselves to actually be of that frame of insanity.
    Thing is the artificially generated momentum has dissipated somewhat and now they are reduced to splashing about in the stench and debris floating in the shallow end and their filthy swimming togs are a object of much ridicule and hilarity…they are shell shocked and wondering what happened and what would jeebus do next?

    Anyway the upshot is that the monster is well out of control and enraged and the former masks and disguises have evaporated under the spotlight of national attention and their ego has done the rest.

    The gambit of the religiously bankrupt has rendered the GOP unelectable….

    And Rove knows it!

  26. says

    “Wrestling for the steering wheel of the RMS Titanic…”

    Maybe Cat Stevens can write a song for the Teabaggists, “Tea for the tillerless”.

  27. D. C. Sessions says

    And less than 24 hours has passed before Rove is in full backpedal mode after being challenged on his disloyalty to batwingnuts like Bachmann and company.

    “More electable candidates” is all well and good it seems, as long as that includes all of the Right’s favorites like Allen West.

  28. julial says

    My, simplistic take. This goes waaay back.
    Nixon attempted to grab the throne by sabotaging the competition. The system (our Constitution, Motto: formally pitting men of ambition against each other since 1789) worked and he was stopped (thank you M. Montesquieu). After Carter, the Republicans needed to get back in the game and (saint) Ronnie brought the religious camel into the tent. It worked. So if a little crazy puts you over the top and into power, shouldn’t a lot of crazy work even better? Too bad for Carl, his tent leaked moderates when he brought in the drooling, shuffling, mindless zombies.
    Not real sure of my “analysis” but it looks to me like the political feedback loop has a really loooong update period.

  29. D. C. Sessions says

    Not real sure of my “analysis” but it looks to me like the political feedback loop has a really loooong update period.

    For those not into engineering in-jokes, a negative feedback process with a long latency in the feedback path is wildly unstable.

  30. ArtK says

    Climbing on board the tiger was the easy part. Getting off without getting eaten is the hard part. Good luck with that Karl.

  31. says

    “Climbing on board the tiger was the easy part. Getting off without getting eaten is the hard part. Good luck with that Karl.L

    ArtK:

    I think it’s even more difficult than you might imagine. What Carl actually jumped on was a JackWeasYena*. It’s meaner than shit and harder to get off of than oxycracksmack.

    * A new animal, the result of a hybridization program paid for by the Kochsuckers Org. to create, from a jackal, a weasel and an hyena an animal that was capable of cowardice, ruthlessness and gibbering insanity–all at the same time. That, sir, is your UrSKKKrotalMurKKKinPatriotiKKK Front person.

    NB: Before the People for Ethical Treatment of Anthropomorphized Animal Stereotypes start pilin’ on, some of my BEST friends are JackWeasYenas

  32. Doug Little says

    Not real sure of my “analysis” but it looks to me like the political feedback loop has a really loooong update period.

    For those not into engineering in-jokes, a negative feedback process with a long latency in the feedback path is wildly unstable.

    Hello overshoot and ringing.

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