Monday, February 4, 2013

Karl Rove Wants to Apply Romney's Strategy of Lambasting Conservatives to Senate Races

In the GOP primaries, Mitt Romney spent gobs of money attacking his fellow Republicans with negative ads which carpet bombed key markets and took out the stops in having his surrogates from the GOP establishment personally attack his opponents as well.  Then when the general election came around he moved to the center and even had a foreign policy debate with the President in which he spent much of his time agreeing with him.  This strategy both upset conservatives, leading many to stay home, and made it unclear what exactly people would be voting for in voting for Mitt Romney.  And this is the strategy that Karl Rove seems to want to take into Senate races.  Check this out from the New York Times:

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 who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party's efforts to win control of the Senate.

The group, the Conservative Victory Project, is intended to counter other organizations that have helped defeat establishment Republican candidates over the last two election cycles. It is the most robust attempt yet by Republicans to impose a new sense of discipline on the party, particularly in primary races.


The Conservative Victory Project, which is backed by Karl Rove and his allies who built American Crossroads into the largest Republican super PAC of the 2012 election cycle, will start by intensely vetting prospective contenders for Congressional races to try to weed out candidates who are seen as too flawed to win general elections.

The group's plans, which were outlined for the first time last week in an interview with Mr. Law, call for hard-edge campaign tactics, including television advertising, against candidates whom party leaders see as unelectable and a drag on the efforts to win the Senate. Mr. Law cited Iowa as an example and said Republicans could no longer be squeamish about intervening in primary fights.


Grover Norquist, who leads Americans for Tax Reform, a fiscally conservative advocacy group that plays a role in Republican primary races, said he welcomed a pragmatic sense of discipline in recruiting candidates. But he said it was incorrect to suggest that candidates backed by Tea Party groups were the only ones to lose, pointing to establishment Republicans in North Dakota and Montana who also lost their races last year.

I also would like to point out that Mitt Romney was someone that was forced upon us because of his "electability" and yet he still blew the election.  And the brilliant Karl Rove wasted as much as $160 million trying to get that mushy moderate elected.  Then he embarrassed himself on Fox News by having a meltdown when they called Ohio.  This is the person who is supposedly going to "save the Republican Party" from the actual Republicans who  are its most loyal voters?  Does Karl Rove even believe in anything other than getting his buddies elected? 

Karl Rove is really a gifted individual, not many people in politics can be so reviled by both the left AND the right at the same time.

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