Republicans Eating Their Own: Angry tea party activists tell donors to shun "inept" Karl Rove



Back in January I wrote about the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad GOP dissension-slash-implosion. Unfortunately for them, things have only gone downhill from there. Karl Rove has failed in the advice department recently, like when he told the GOP, essentially, just don’t *sound* intolerant, just pretend to be inclusive and nobody will be the wiser. 

Wrongy McWrongerson strikes again.

Then Bush's Brain decided to push for more "electable" (read: not totally and utterly extreme times infinity) candidates who he thought could win Republican primaries. Guess who didn't like that. Hint: It rhymes with Schmea Schmarty and schmonservatives.

So a few of them wrote a letter. They wrote a letter that went to people with a lot of money. People with a lot of money who donate to Republican candidates and causes. And they did that because they don't like feeling betrayed by one of their own.


Leaders from other conservative and tea party groups–including Tea Party Patriots, Family Research Council, Tea Party Express–co-signed the letter, which went to donors who've made six- or seven-figure contributions to Crossroads. [...]

Critics, including Bozell, argue Rove is using the Conservative Victory Project to push out tea party voices from the Republican Party. He's expected to make the same argument when he speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday.

Here are a few excerpts from the email:

The 2012 election cycle saw our first billion-dollar campaign. Recently, the non-partisan Sunlight Foundation did an analysis of the money spent. They measured the effectiveness of political spending by the amount of money spent on a successful effort—either electing a chosen candidate or defeating a chosen candidate. They found that the success rate of the Crossroads effort was 1.29%.

Now, in an attempt to explain the astonishingly low return on the hundreds of millions of dollars investment in Crossroads, Karl Rove and others are attempting to blame conservatives and the tea party. [...]

It was firmly expected that Republicans would capture the Senate in 2012. It is inexcusable that they failed and, in fact, lost two seats. The facts speak for themselves. It was not conservatives.

Not one moderate Republican challenger won. [...]

Groups like Crossroads squandered hundreds of millions of dollars in what were arguably the most inept campaign advertising efforts ever. [...]

Mr. Rove and his allies must stop blaming conservatives for his disastrous results. It is time for him to take ownership of his record. He must also stop posturing himself as a conservative: his record supporting wasteful government spending and moderate candidates over conservatives spans decades.

No matter how he positions himself in this attempt at damage control, Mr. Rove's efforts will not elect the type of leaders who will come to Washington to fight for conservative principles. In fact, they are likely to stifle the emergence of candidates like Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey, and Rand Paul. [...]

As conservative leaders who represent millions of grassroots conservatives, we strongly urge you to consider this information as you are making your decisions about political giving in the future.

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And that concludes another episode of Republicans Eating Their Own.

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