#WINNING! Karl Rove to run “Conservative Victory Project”
…Which we know, because he broke the news at the NYT, a bastion of conservatism. Seems Rove thinks he can play the left’s game against the right: define conservatism down so that centrist RINOism becomes the new “conservative right wing,” and the TEA Partiers, constitutional conservatives, classical liberals, and libertarians can become the new fringe Birchers.
Of course, this has the effect of positioning the far left as moderate, but that doesn’t matter much to Mr Rove, whose hanger-on status — following a series of high profile losses and a 5-7 year history of bad party advice — is becoming legendary. And to the base, particularly troublesome.
Which is why we should simply just cut the umbilicus now and let Rove, et al., finish off the GOP.
[...] some of “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.” This new “Conservative Victory Project” is backed by Karl Rove’s American Crossroads 527 organization and its goal, according to Crossroads president Steven Law, “will be to institutionalize the Buckley rule: Support the most conservative candidate who can win.”
In light of their smashing success electing candidates like Tommy Thompson, Rick Berg, Denny Rehberg, George Allen, Heather Wilson, and Linda Lingle, they will expand their roadshow into the primaries during the next election cycle in search of the next candidate who is indistinguishable from his/her Democrat opponent. … One by one, people like Karl Rove seek to crush another sacred belief of the conservative base. All social issues? Gone. Enforcement before amnesty? No way. Stay strong on taxes? Forget about it. Fight Obamacare? That’s a done deal. Folks, we must win back the soul of the Republican Party before we can affect any positive change.
Missing from both Erickson’s and Horowitz’s posts is any mention of the one candidate actually named in the article as a target for “weeding out” by Rove: Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who has expressed interest in running for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin’s Senate seat.
Do Erickson and Horowitz support King? If all Rove does is weed candidates like King out, as Erickson admits someone should have done to Akin, will Rove’s effort really be that bad?
Exactly! If all Rove is going to do is weed out solid conservatives, what’s the harm? Then the left will like us and moderates will embrace us and we’ll have a thousand years of well-managed, big government technocratic rule — which is precisely what everybody but the odious teabaggers want anyway.
Honestly: how can you say you love your country but distrust your government?
The founders and framers? Fringe extremists who can’t hold an intellectual candle to Bill Kristol, Karl Rove, David Brooks, or Joe Scarborough. So why not just jump on the team and come on in for the big win?