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  • corned_beef_dude corned_beef_dude Feb 12, 2013 7:32 AM Flag

    The GOPig civil war continues to intensify -- Anger at "Propagandist" Karl Rove and His "Repulsive" Political Group

    Oh, this is sweet:
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    The GOP civil war continues to intensify, with numerous prominent conservative media figures lashing out at Karl Rove in recent days over vehement disagreements about the direction of the party. This is far from the first incident pitting Rove against fellow right-wing media figures. In recent years, conservative media personalities -- many of whom work with Rove at Fox News -- have called Rove a "propagandist," "not a conservative," and an "effete sore loser" who heads an "absolutely repulsive" political group.

    The New York Times reported on February 2 that Rove, along with allies behind his Crossroads political groups, has decided to launch the Conservative Victory Project. According to the Times, the group will work to "recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts."

    Following the news, Rove quickly became the target of conservative ire, with several media figures accusing him of betraying conservative principles and the Tea Party. The outcry was loud enough that Rove ran to Sean Hannity's Fox News program to do damage control, touting American Crossroads' huge investment in Sen. Marco Rubio (and a few other Tea Party favorites) as proof of his conservatism.

    Conservative anger at Rove has been simmering for years, intensifying in the past few months after Rove's Crossroads political groups squandered several hundred million dollars during the 2012 elections.

    The reaction to Rove's Conservative Victory Project from conservative pundits has been swift and harsh:

    Mike Huckabee Accuses Rove's "Absolutely Repulsive" Group Of "Fratricide." During an appearance on fellow Fox host Geraldo Rivera's radio show, Mike Huckabee responded to the formation of the Conservative Victory Project by labeling the concept "absolutely repulsive" and saying that "Karl needs to go through a metamorphosis." Huckabee accused Rove's group of "fratricide," and suggested the money his group is spending would be better used building up the Republican Party, rather than trying to destroy candidates that "you don't think is up to your country club level":

    RIVERA: Karl Rove says the Republican Party has to go through a metamorphosis, has to change. You know Bill Kristol says wait a second, the Tea Party's not so bad. Where do you stand?

    HUCKABEE: I think Karl needs to go through a metamorphosis. You know this idea that somehow a handful of Republicans are going to attack Republicans that the handful doesn't like? I find that repulsive. I find it absolutely repulsive. This is not how you build a strong Republican Party, is by going after the people in your party who are different than you are. This is fratricide. And if the Republican Party wants to render itself utterly, utterly irrelevant, the best way to do it is to become several little parties within the party, which is apparently what some folks seem to think we ought to do. When you marginalize the Tea Party, marginalize the pro-life and pro-family part of the party, you lose every election coming up in the future. You lose every election. There may be a few local elections that you might win in some places outside the base of the party, but you're not going to win a national election again.

    [...]

    HUCKABEE: If you're going to spend millions of dollars, spend it to build up your Republican, the one you like, not millions to destroy a Republican that you don't think is up to your country club level. I find that just horrendous. [Cumulus Radio Networks, Geraldo, 2/8/13, via Media Matters]
    Mark Levin: Rove A "Propagandist" Who Is "Despised By The Grassroots." Radio host and frequent Fox News guest Mark Levin has repeatedly leveled criticism at Rove in recent days. In a Facebook post, Levin accused Rove of having "flat out lied" about Rep. Steve King (R-IA), whom the Conservative Victory Project reportedly doesn't support as a possible future Senate candidate.

    On the February 7 edition of his radio show, Levin labeled Rove a "propagandist" who wields a "stupid little third-grade whiteboard." According to Levin, both Rove and the Conservative Victory Project "are poison in conservative and Republican circles in many respects." Taunting Rove, Levin also urged him to "bring it on, Doughboy." [Media Matters, 2/9/13]

    Fox Contributor Erick Erickson Suggests Any Candidate Rove Group Supports "Should Be Targeted For Destruction." Responding to the formation of the Conservative Victory Project, in a post on his RedState blog, newly-minted Fox News contributor Erick Erickson mocked Crossroads for spending "hundreds of millions of rich donors' money and had jack to show for it" during the 2012 election cycle. Erickson suggested that the conservative movement should oppose any candidates supported by the new Rove group:

    American Crossroads is creating a new Super PAC to crush conservatives, destroy the tea party, and put a bunch of squishes in Republican leadership positions. Thank God they are behind this. In 2012, they spent hundreds of millions of rich donors' money and had jack to show for it.

    It is interesting though. The people who brought us No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, TARP, the GM bailout, Harriet Miers, etc., etc., etc. are really hacked off that people have been rejecting them. In 2012, about the only successful Republican candidates were the ones who directly rejected the legacy of these people.

    So now they will up their game. They don't like being shut out. They blame the tea party and conservatives for their failure to win primaries. They'll now try to match conservatives and, in the process, call themselves conservatives.

    I dare say any candidate who gets this group's support should be targeted for destruction by the conservative movement. They've made it really easy not to figure out who the terrible candidates will be in 2014. [RedState, 2/4/12]

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