Karl Rove has launched a new SuperPAC designed to ensure that the "wrong candidates" do not get selected to run as Republicans.
Although Rove's group is called "The Conservative Victory Project," it's already outraged high-profile conservatives because it seems openly aimed at defeating Tea Party candidates. Matt Hoskins, executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund, rebranded it the "Conservative Defeat Project."
"Any candidate who gets this group's support should be targeted for destruction by the conservative movement," writes RedState's Erick Erickson.
"They are welcome to support the likes of Arlen Specter, Charlie Crist and David Dewhurst," Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller told Politico. "We will continue to proudly support the likes of Pat Toomey, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz."
The group "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," according to the NYTimes's Jeff Zeleny. That makes it sound as though the SuperPAC is aimed simply at avoiding future disasters in the mold of Todd "legitimate rape" Akin, but many commentators, conservatives among them, see the group as a wholesale attack on grassroots conservatism.
Via the New York Times.