This is war.
But of course, for Beltway establishment strategist and GOP control freak Karl Rove, it has been war on grass-roots conservatives for years now. The New York Times reported this weekend that Rove and the deep-pocketed donors whose coffers he drained futilely this past year are doubling down on stupid. Rove, Inc. will re-commit to a new group that will “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.”
Who needs Obama and his Team Chicago to destroy the Tea Party when you’ve got Rove and his big government band of elites?
Rove and his Tea Party-bashing minions will point to the losses of Christine O’Donnell, Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, Sharron Angle, Ken Buck, and others as justification to tighten his grip on the party in the role of Chief Decider. But those are all very disparate cases. It is ridiculous, for example, to continue smearing and lumping Mourdock (a bona fide, grass-roots candidate and fantastic State Treasurer whose sin was to honestly state his views on life) with establishment incumbent Republican Akin (whose indefensible Magical Uterus Meme idiocy cost the GOP a winnable Senate seat).
Rove is a master of distraction. And that’s what this Tea Party attack is all about. You want to talk about losing records? Don’t forget:
Karl Rove and his investors were the biggest losers on Election Day.
The Republican strategist created the model for outside money groups that raised and spent more than $1 billion on the Nov. 6 elections — many of which saw almost no return for their money.
Rove, through his two political outfits, American Crossroads and Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, backed unsuccessful Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney with $127 million on more than 82,000 television spots, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG, an ad tracker based in New York.
Down the ballot, 10 of the 12 Senate candidates and four of the nine House candidates the Rove groups supported also lost their races.
There’s a bigger picture. As I noted when one of Rove’s water boys attacked me personally in 2010 and sneered at Tea Party activists for their inexperience and lack of proper credentials, these GOP barons demand that we all sit quietly with our hands folded at our desks while they regale us with stories of Master Rove’s achievements and policy victories.
Nope. Still not going to genuflect before the architect behind the disastrous Medicare prescription drug entitlement expansion that created an unfunded liability of $9.4 trillion over the next 75 years, No Child Left Behind federal education expansion, steel tariffs, ag subsidies, the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law and the Bush-Kennedy-McCain illegal alien amnesty attempt.
No, I will not shut up about it.
Yes, I will continue to use my little soapbox to try and support candidates who reject Rovian open borders, big spending, and federal encroachment.
As Rove, Inc. begins to target grass-roots conservatives like stalwart Rep. Steve King in Iowa for his views on immigration and supposed lack of discipline/intellectual preparedness, let’s remember who Rove wanted to sit on the Supreme Court. Flashback:
As for the supposedly “adolescent” attitude that “inexperience is itself seen as a kind of qualification,” some of us have not forgotten Rove’s furious behind-the-scenes maneuvering to secure the Supreme Court nomination of his old, dreadfully unqualified Texas crony Harriet Miers — whom Rove and his friends supported on the grounds that her lack of judicial experience was, um, some kind of qualification.
But, hey, I’m just a petulant, teenage mutant website operator and you Tea Party people are just non-achieving ingrates who have failed to show proper deference to The Architect of two presidential victories for the Republican who crowned off his eight years by pre-socializing the economy for Barack Obama.
Now, kneel before Zod!
Bug off, Zod.
You and your Incumbency Protection Racket are the problem, not the Tea Party.
Exit video: I should of course include the clip of the greatest Superman moment ever between Zod and Superman: