“There is now an out in the open civil war within the Republican Party,” conservative Iowa radio host Steve Deace wrote in a Politico op-ed this week.
Karl Rove has launched a new group, the Conservative Victory Project, which will aim to select GOP Senate candidates, weeding out future Todd Akins and squashing the prospects of anyone deemed unelectable.
It’s not sitting well with conservatives. Its first purported opponent is Steve King, a very conservative congressman with a history of colorful comments, who may be considering a run for Senate in Iowa.
After pantheon of Tea Party campaign groups (The Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and Tea Party Express) bashed the new effort, on Wednesday a cluster of conservative leaders demanded the new organization fire its spokesman, Jonathan Collegio, for calling Brent Bozell, a pundit who runs the conservative Media Research Center, a “hater” in a recent radio interview. Collegio had alleged that Bozell, a critic, has an ax to grind against Rove.
As the song from Evita¹ goes, “Dice are rolling, the knives are out/Would-be presidents are all around/I don’t say they mean harm/But they’d each give an arm/To see us six feet underground.”
The tension between the far right nutbag headcases and the “moderate” corporatist Republicans is about to come to a head. Someone’s going to be very angry at the end of it all.
Indeed, Joe “YOU LIE!” Walsh has created his own super PAC to go up against the Conservative Victory Project, in an attempt to save his own ass, since he’s embarrassed the party time and time again.
Rove’s idea is to fund incumbents and slightly more sane Republicans to run against bugeyed trollbait candidates who would ruin the chances for the GOP to gather more members from outside the old white male demographic.
Let’s face facts: every time a Teabagger screams about rape, that’s probably four votes out of a hundred the GOP loses. The only way they are even relevant any longer is through gerrymandering.
It sort of comes to a head here, doesn’t it? Or at least, it should barring a major intervention by a figure of unimpeachable authority in both camps.