Karl Rove Returns: The Quest For Party Unity
Karl Rove launches new American Crossroads Project – Conservatives and Republicans Cringe
There is increasing talk regarding the “true conservative” as an endangered species. Now on the left, the talk is more centered on the Republican Party, as to many liberals and progressives, the GOP serves as the big tent under which the right wing gathers. However if that is the case, it would seem some groups are threatening to pull up the stakes and go home.
Enter; The Conservative Victory Project. Ex Bush era Rasputin impersonator, Karl Rove has returned, again, and much like any bad b-movie horror franchise, this “new” incarnation of the political Frankenstein’s Monster is curiously familiar to past efforts.
A special project by 2012 money pit; American Crossroads PAC, Rove’s latest political money machine seeks to institutionalize the rule of conservative figurehead William F. Buckley by working to nominate the most conservative, electable candidate it can to office. But, isn’t that what everyone is trying to do? Not so says everyone else representing the “heart of conservatism.”
Tea Party Patriots National Den Mother, Jenny Beth Martin tweeted the following in response the announcement of Rove’s latest gambit.
“TPPatriots want to save USA. Karl Rove wants to line pockets-Don’t Tread on Us! Tea Party bites back-never gives up!”
And indeed, the Tea Party will have a lot of bite off, as Rove and Co. plan on focusing on primary races this time, to avoid the rogue elements which have plagued the party since Palin. Of the millions spent by Crossroads during the 2012 cycle, little to none went to primary races, where Tea Party darlings like Todd Akin proved that control of the message matters in partisan politics. This lesson was not lost on Rove, who became a GOP laughing stock after the setting record spending totals for outside groups in the last election, with little to show for it. But despite Rove’s claim to do better this time, its clear party players aren’t buying it.
Senate Conservative Fund President, Matt Hoskins;
“The Conservative Defeat Project is yet another example of the Republican establishment’s hostility toward its conservative base. Rather than listening to the grassroots and working to advance their principles, the establishment has chosen to declare war on the party’s most loyal supporters,” Hoskins said, “If they keep this up, the party will remain in the wilderness for decades to come.”
Attempts were made to reach out to Ron Paul and Gary Johnson supporters from the Republican and Libertarian Parties, but after more talk of ignoring the “true conservative base,” and being informed that both were subject to a “big liberal media blackout,” further questions seemed irrelevant.
But beyond this ongoing struggle for the “soul of the Republican party” and conservatism in general, the fractures within the self identified conservative base are growing deeper. So could this be a sign that the age of lockstep conservatives foregoing their differences to defeat “the liberals,” and cut their taxes is coming to an end? Well, history would suggest not.
Since the age of Wilson began some (exactly) hundred years ago, the institutions predicated on unrestricted and orthodox corporate and industrial capitalism, who in many ways are the strongest supporters of the American right wing, have always found a way to form up, lock step and get their their way. And with the modern developments surrounding redistricting and efforts to combat voter fraud making headlines everyday, the needs of the machinery to even court public opinion become largely irrelevant. As the existing corporatocracy itself, remains as much Democrats fault and folly as Republicans, the odds of it going anywhere are slim to nil.
But in the immediate short term partisan perspective, things are different. Divisions in the right are showing that not everyone is happy. The Neoconservative Bush legacy finds itself embattled by both that of the mythical Reagan, as well as the revolutionary Ron Paul. Leo Strauss and Ayn Rand tango, fighting to take the lead, stepping on each other toes along the way.
And as these cracks find their way deeper, the voter base of the generic anti-liberal conservative finds itself diminished. The cohesion which gave them strength becomes mired in internal strife and soon, they become incapable of doing anything at all. So then, what if the real question is not if the Republican Party is in danger of extinction, but if they’re actually in danger of becoming Democrats.