Could the powerhouse pairing of Karl Rove and the Koch brothers, responsible for unprecedented political spending in the 2010 midterm election cycle be on the splits? Looks like it.
The trouble began last summer when those loyal to Rove supported House Speaker John Boehner’s bill to increase the debt ceiling while the Koch brothers’ primary political cover group Americans for Prosperity pressured conservatives to oppose it. But more than an ideological split, trouble in paradise seems to stem from competing Machiavellian drives to run the direction of the American conservative movement.
Both camps have spent big dollars on initiatives to lure Hispanic voters. This is of course rich with irony since both groups also spent big dollars to use racism against Hispanics as the wedge issue de jour. Both camps accuse the other of efforts to undermine the conservative movement and neither camp trusts the other.
Perhaps most tellingly, both camps are working hard at amassing databases of likely conservative voters for targeting through the campaign and Election Day.
The camps managed to put their competing agendas and egos aside for the sake of the midterm elections, but many are starting to wonder if future coordination will even be possible.
In many ways this emerging split mirrors the current troubles of the conservative movement. Rove, seen by many as the more “establishment” presence, has made it his goal to keep Republicans in power, regardless of the cost while the Koch brothers funnel their billions into those causes that promote their free market zealotry, consequences to the American public be damned.
Regardless of which camp ultimately proves victorious in this struggle for power and control of the conservative movement, both are doing a great job making the case for significant campaign finance reform.
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