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After his infamous meltdown on election night, you'd think Rove would have the good sense to lay low.  But no, I present his latest failure scheme:  The Conservative Victory Project!

The effort would put a new twist on the Republican-vs.-Republican warfare that has consumed the party’s primary races in recent years. In effect, the establishment is taking steps to fight back against Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations that have wielded significant influence in backing candidates who ultimately lost seats to Democrats in the general election....

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.

Ohhhh.  The Tea Party seemed like such a good idea back in 2010.  Beck, Palin and other charismatic idiots stoked the flames... scary black man, brown people wanting dignity, socialism, gubmit comin' to take my guns, illegitimate birthdays, et al.  Oh, how they hated Obama.  Failed right-wing radicals combined with paranoid gun nuts and racist hate groups to form the NEW conservative and the NEW proud face of the GOP: the Tea Party patriot.

Republicans not only loved this idea, they bankrolled it.  Hell, up until last October Karl Rove, the Koch brothers, and hate groups like the Family Research Council  all banded together with the Teabaggers to fight Obama and his Democratic hordes.  

The Tea Party allowed the GOP to pander to the lowest common denominators:  racism, bigotry, paranoia and hate--but without sullying the Establishment GOP.  It was perfectly OK if Beck said Obama hates "white culture", but you didn't hear Boehner or Cantor saying that.. it was just implied.  The Tea Party outright called Obama a Kenyan , but asshats like Boehner and Cantor would just say they "take him at his word".  (wink, wink.)

The GOP establishment had their useful idiots, and the right wing media conmen who stoked their hate raked in millions.  It was win - win.  

Until it wasn't.  

Hate and bigotry are the devil's tools.  The GOP in their lust for power played with those... but there is a problem in selling out your soul for short-term power.  

The Tea Party has taken on a life of its own.  They don't just hate Democrats anymore, they hate Establishment Republicans with just as much fervor.  Anyone who is not "pure" of hate heart gets primaried, and either:

1. Goes down in defeat for what should have been a GOP victory, and/or,

2. Brings national embarrassment for the GOP brand.  (See West, Walsh, Bachmann, Akin, etc.)

Republican moneymen bankrolled this movement, and Fox News dedicated countless hours hyping it all up.  But now the movement is costing them precious votes--and power.  

So the establishment is desperately trying to put the genie back in the bottle.

Erickson begs his sycophants  to calm the fuck down.  Rupert Murdock tells Fox News to stop supporting them.  But its too late.

Enter Karl Rove.  The so-called "genius".  His solution?  What else.  More money...

The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing [this] new group...
Yes. Another SuperPAC conning Republican donors out of their money.  Because that worked so well three months ago.

Tons of crappy attack ads won't work.  (And if Karl is running things, you know they are crap.)  Who are you running them for?  Your base?  I thought Karl was the one always talking about energizing the base.  How is it going to work with him now attacking the base?

I don't now how this is going to play out, but its not going to be pretty.  And for once, just once, I am glad to be of the party that is not the hot mess.

6:20 AM PT: See Lefty Coaster's Rec diary on the issue:

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