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Will There Be a Throwdown Between Karl Rove and Tea Party Patriots?

Will There Be a Throwdown Between Karl Rove and Tea Party Patriots?

Republicans may be rebranding, but no amount of gloss and buzzwords will cover up and spin away the civil war within its ranks. The question is, will the GOP establishment survive this time?

I’m talking about the battle of the Super-PACs between Karl Rove and the Tea Party Patriots. After the drumming Republicans took in the 2012 election, Rove vowed to use his new Super-PAC, the Conservative Victory Project, to flush out hard-right insurgents he blamed for taking the party too far to the right on social issues and alienating just about any reasonable voter still willing to consider voting Republican. Naturally, in response, the Tea Party Patriots shot back, launching its own Super-PAC to fight back against any primary challengers Rove and the establishment support in 2014.

“He sounds like he’s challenging us, and we’re ready to rise to the challenge,” Jenny Beth Martin, founder of the Tea Party Patriots, told The Hill. “I’m going to be engaging with the donors over the next several weeks to let them know what we’re doing and to show them that we can do what the Republican Party is not doing right now, which is building a ground game,” Martin said.

Rove is not known for holding his punches, and he’s been very clear what this new super-PAC is designed to do and insist that it is merely a reflection of concern among Republicans that conservative candidates, like former Missouri Senate candidate and Representative Todd Akin, made it through primaries in 2012 only to lose what should have been easy pickup opportunities for the GOP. “Some people think the best we can do is Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock — they’re wrong,” Rove told Fox News. The CVP was created specifically to engage in primary races going into 2014 with the aim, Rove said, of backing “the most conservative candidate who can win.”

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m enjoying this public spat a little bit, if only because Karl Rove so, so deserves it and because the Tea Party Patriots are perhaps the single greatest electoral gift to progressives in modern memory. And while those like Rand Paul and Deb Fischer who managed to win elections have proven to be of little use in governing, they are making it clearer to Americans that their modern conservative movement has more in common with the Taliban than Ronald Reagan’s legacy. Also, conservatives have unabashedly embraced the idea of unlimited campaign spending in elections, so let them spend themselves out of electoral significance. Each dollar they have to raise in primary challenges is five more they will have to raise in the general election. Maybe the best way to get significant campaign finance reform is to force the right to spend itself to death.

In the meantime, start the popcorn, kids, because the 2014 election season has already started, and it promises to be a doozie.

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7:45PM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

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12:23PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

I love it when mean, feral animals eat their own.

Leads me to wonder will Tom Y. be eating Adam S., or vice-versa?

8:40PM PST on Feb 19, 2013

This just shows anyone with a brain what the Repubtea party is all about. They can't even control their own offspring . I guess it's just too much inbreeding of wacko ideas within the new crop of the party. Don't want to listen to their elders! Hope they keep at it , it's such a help for more to join the ranks of the progressive left.

4:22PM PST on Feb 19, 2013

To Tom Y.: Apparently, you are under the delusion, as are many others, that the conservative Tea Party wants smaller government. Nothing could be further from the truth.
What they really want is smaller liberal/progressive government.

They are beholden to the Koch Brothers and their friends, and trust me, they don't want smaller government. Actually, they want government that follows their instructions and controls the populace. They want to control your religious beliefs, your behavior in the bedroom, and especially, they want to control women, whom they believe have left their post, and abandoned their place in the home.
If you can't see this, Psychology 101 is in order.

4:08PM PST on Feb 19, 2013

I will be sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting for this performance.

Actually, the Tea Party should start their own party, then the Green Party, and the Progressive Part, etc. Any others are assuredly welcome.
If we had a system, as in Europe, all of the many parties would have a vote, their strength depends on the percentage of votes they received at any particular election. If they have certain goals, they must compromise with other parties to reach their objective.

Undoubtedly, it can't be any worse than what we have now.

11:10AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

Tom Y,apearently you don't understand that we DO see that vision and we are also seeing what it takes to support it. Like supression of women, exploitation of low wage workers, Development and damage to vital eco-systems, loss of comsumer protections, expensive creating of unneeded jobs instead of just giveing people a stipend to live on.The wealth needs to flow from the ground up, not the top down because it always gets siphened off long before it reaches the foundation which is crumbling unless massive amounts of money are pumped into it..You cannot have a smaller government unless we have less say in the global playing field.And if we shrink the country by deviding it up into seperate countries. Oh and then there is that old old rediculous notion that somehow people are supposed to fend for themselves, like you think we still live in a medevil world. We see what your Shinning City cost in human energy and misery, depleted resources, polution and lack of economic justice and WE WILL NOT GO BACK to supporting it so get over it.

10:04AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

Tom Y., you need to stop listening to the teabagger press. They are nothing but delusional and ignorant liars.
That isn't name-calling as much as it is truth and fact.

Under the policies that you oppose, we have gotten out of the worst of a major recession and are on the way to real recovery. That recovery will be complete when people like you start to realize the truth and stop supporting smaller, yet more intrusive government; stop supporting religious extremism and start doing some actual fact-checking when your teabagger leaders tell you something. The teabaggers lose because people are waking up to their lies, regressive, backwards policies, delusion and treasonous obstructionism to real progress.

As far as the "Taliban" crack, it was spot on target; a bullseye. Remember that the Taliban are the most fundamentalist of Muslim extremists, just like the teabagger Christians are.

6:56AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

What a political environment we have when Karl Rove looks moderate. Wow.

The best case scenario is that these two groups take each other out. That they burn up so much resources and undermine each other so badly they loose the little relevancy they have. And let the rest of the world get on with making the world better for the people.

6:51AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

6:09AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

H-m-m-m, spending itself to death. Wasn't that reputed to be Reagan's strategy against the Soviet Union? That would be a divine comedy, a rich irony for the right he created; however, the folks involved in this epic battle of the right and righter have more money than the old USSR ever did so "spending to death" is unlikely. They only spend a week or so of interest on their holdings and it amounts to millions. However, it is great fun to watch the "grassroots" movement the Kochs created with the help of Murdoch's media empire start to bite the hand that feeds it. Question is, are the Kochs ready to outspend Wall Street in the Battle of the Billionaires? While they are distracted by their circular firing squad, let's see if we can get something essential accomplished.

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