Though Carl Rove presented himself as an election specialist during the 2012 election season, he proved to be less than stellar in his projections. Now he is perturbed and distraught over the influence of the Tea Party’s entrance into Republican politics. He is in the process of forming a new super-PAC whose intent is to weed out Republican primary candidates who are less than desirable and have no chance of winning.
The new PAC called the Conservative Victory Project has a specific objective which is to counter other groups who have helped lead to the defeat of establishment Republican candidates over the last two election cycles. The super PAC will begin its efforts through intensely vetting prospective contenders for Congressional races by weeding out candidates who are seen as too flawed to win general elections.
According to the NY Times, some top donors to the Republican Party are financing the Conservative Victory Project.
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 name of the group seems to defy its stated purpose. Steven J. Law, the president of American Crossroads said
There is a broad concern about having blown a significant number of races because the wrong candidates were selected. We don’t view ourselves as being in the incumbent protection business, but we want to pick the most conservative candidate who can win.
How can one oppose conservatives such as those within the Tea Party Movement and achieve conservative victory simultaneously? This is clearly a project which intends to protect the party establishment at the expense of conservative principles and values. The American way is not the party hierarchy determining who their chosen candidates are. This act alone is an aberration of historical principle.
Perhaps a statement written in an op-ed by Charles Blow should be heeded as a warning,
Democrats have learned to fall in love and fall in line. Republicans are just falling apart.
In the end, who benefits the most? The moderates and progressives!