Karl Rove appeared on Sean Hannity’s show Tuesday night to defend himself against conservative criticisms of his new PAC. Radio host Mark Levin went so far this week as to accuse Rove of needing a hard swift kick in the a$$.
Rove made it clear he still wants conservative candidates to back, he just wants ones who can actually win races. Rove also defended his previous support of Tea Party candidates in 2010 and 2012.
Let’s face it, Karl Rove is no genius in communications. After all, Rove and Team Bush sat silent as the liberal media destroyed the administration during their second term.
Ben Shapiro wrote more on the clash between true conservative and the Republican establishment.
Despite their 2012 losses, the establishment has decided that the problem in 2012 wasn’t their own incompetence — it was the dastardly Tea Party, which in its zealotry for conservatism, has ignored the need for victory.
And so the Karl Rove establishment leaked to the far-left New York Times that the “biggest donors in the Republican Party” were working with the leaders of Rove’s American Crossroads super PAC 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 effort to win control of the Senate.”
Why didn’t Rove and company tell the Times that they were interested in training conservative candidates in media fluency? Why didn’t they approach the Tea Party instead, and offer their get-out-the-vote services and electoral strategies?
Because, at root, there is a clash at the heart of today’s Republican Party. The Tea Party wants to change tactics. The establishment wants to discard principle.