A report by the New York Times coming from Council Bluffs, Iowa says a new organization, Conservative Victory Project,” is intended to take down the TeaParty and like-minded voters. The article explains that the CVP is intended to challenge “far-right conservatives.” Read that as true conservatives who believe in the Constitutional principles of small government, such as Congressman Steve King (R-IA) who may decide not to run again rather than face these pompous SOBs.
“There is a broad concern about having blown a significant number of races because the wrong candidates were selected,” said Steven J. Law, the president of American Crossroads, the “super PAC” creating the new project. “We don’t view ourselves as being in the incumbent protection business, but we want to pick the most conservative candidate who can win.”
The effort would put a new twist on the Republican-vs.-Republican warfare that has consumed the party’s primary races in recent years. In effect, the establishment is taking steps to fight back against Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations that have wielded significant influence in backing candidates who ultimately lost seats to Democrats in the general election.
The first test of the group’s effort to influence primary races could come here in Iowa, where some Republicans are already worrying about who will run for the seat being vacated by Senator Tom Harkin, a Democrat. It is the first open Senate seat in Iowa since 1974, and Republicans are fearful of squandering a rare opportunity.
The Conservative Victory Project, which is backed by Karl Rove and his allies who built American Crossroads into the largest Republican super PAC of the 2012 election cycle, 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.
The article holds up former Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO), running for the Senate in 2012 with an extremely conservative voting record over scandal-ridden Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), as one not worthy of ever seeing the light of any political day again. Akin made a stupidly-stated comment about rape victims and the GOP dropped their support for him – walked out on a man with a stellar voting record, who did nothing more than express support for the life of an unborn child, and the Karl Rove’s of the party sent Claire McCaskill back to the Senate. Let’s not forget McCaskill’s personal airplane expensed illegally to the taxpayer. As we know today, Akin was badly needed in the Senate, and he has no record of abusing taxpayer monies, as does McCaskill AND her husband. The Senate dining room is a playground for Mr. and Mrs. McCaskill.
CVP head Steven Law says Steve King has a “Todd Akin problem.” King supported the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act that “would ban federal funding of abortions except in cases of forcible rape (which Medicaid covers). A reporter asked King about “a pregnant 120year-old” as an example. King told the reporter he had not been told of that particular circumstance. But…Medicaid covers it anyway.
KMEG also asked King specifically about Akin, who sparked a firestorm Sunday by saying that “legitimate rape” often triggers biological defenses in women that prevent pregnancy. King told the outlet he didn’t comment on Akin’s remarks, but said, “Todd Akin is a strong Christian man, with a wonderful family.”
In his statement, King distanced himself from Akin’s statement.
“I have never heard of and categorically reject the so-called medical theory that launched this controversy,” he said. “The people who promote these vicious attacks are paid to create lies and to assassinate the character of elected officials.” Source: Politico
The Karl Rove Republican Party, which ran Senator Jim DeMint out of the Senate, is on a hunt-and-destroy mission for anyone in the way of their long-held vision of government that will not constrain their spending, not constrain their perks, not take the Constitution literally. What a damn shame. Thanks to Right Scoop and Doug Ross. Update: Continue this conversation at Si Vis Pacem.