By Robert Schlesinger |
Karl Rove has launched a grandiose project called the Conservative Victory Project. Since Rove is not a conservative, it is hard to call it a conservative project.
If Rove's project is a success the end result will be nothing less than the destruction of the Republican Party by splitting it between the grassroots, conservative wing, and the establishment wing.
Rove's theory is that candidates need to be vetted. There have been some bad candidates. Christine O'Donnell and Todd Akin are always pointed out by the establishment as bad candidates. I have four words for Karl Rove when he wants to talk about bad candidates: John McCain, Mitt Romney.
Rove's track record in 2012 was abysmal. His big donors would have gotten a better result if they had invested with Bernie Madoff.
Rove's project is simply the latest effort of the establishment to control who the Republican candidates are. This one will fail miserably.
Rove claimed on The Sean Hannity Show on Fox News that his PAC had supported conservative Tea Party candidates. This is true. The candidates he supported had become the Republican nominee.
Rove's plan will backfire.
The Tea Party and conservative movement has rebelled against the GOP establishment and Karl Rove.
Now, if Karl Rove's PAC tries to endorse a candidate in a primary, it will be the kiss of death for the candidate. Conservatives will not support any candidate who is endorsed by Rove.
If Karl Rove really wants to help elect conservatives, he should look at funneling some of the money that he raises to local Tea Party groups. These groups have an amazing ability to get things done, often on a non-existent budget.
If Rove thinks his 2012 was bad, it will be nothing compared to 2014.
Conservatives will never allow the establishment to control the primaries and tell us who the candidates will be. If Rove and other establishment Republicans insist on trying to make certain that Tea Party candidates are crushed in the primaries, then the Tea Party and conservatives will leave the Republican Party.
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