GOP Wages War on Steve King: Conservative Victory Project to Take Down TeaParty

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.

Karl Rove

Karl Rove

“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.

Steve King

Steve King

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.

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  • Yos

    Heh. It’s my ten dollar direct contribution v Karl Rove’s millions. I’m betting the small donors succeed.

    Maggie, WFB did us a huge disservice with his notion of “the most conservative candidate who can win.” It is inherently compromised. It fails in courage. It poses as ideological “reasonableness.” The very damning truth is, it has gotten us to the peril we face.

    Buckley’s polysyllabic verbiazh always had a “conservative” tone to it. Milquetoasts and pretenders to the Conservative banner mimic it easily. The problem with Buckley was his lack of core libertarian guts. One does not stand athwart History and shout “Stop!” Hell! One must rather stand and push back, HARD, with all of one’s might and Faith.

    And still, after decades of failure, here we have Rove and Law applying “the Buckley Rule.” It robs us of true ideological options in the marketplace of ideas. Or better, it would. The problem *they* face is that we don’t need them; The Tea Party uprising has introduced disintermediation to the Market.

    (Hey Karl! Sir, it ain’t just Roger Ailes firing you these days. Care with the screen door on your way out.)

    • Yos, you should turn this into a post. Seriously.

      • Yos

        …like dinner.

        Thanks Maggie! GB

  • Karl Rove is a snake.

    • AOW – lower than…

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  • People like Rove think American politics is about Republicans and Democrats. That attitude is why America is not America anymore. Our politics are about Americans and anti-Americans. We conservatives must stop voting for the lessor evil. If the Republican Party puts up a candidate who is not a true consevatie but could win, DO NOT VOTE for that candidate. This approach may mean the the Republicans could lose the House, but that is the only the Republican Party is ever going to represent the American point of view.

  • I see you have the head slim pictured here. If the GOP sends you a request for donations do what I did. Send back an empty envelope. They pay the postage.

  • creeper

    “Conservative” my (_!_).

    • creeper, exactly. The best line of the day is from RedState: “they haven’t explained how they will get conservatives elected when they don’t have any conservatives running,” or something close to that.

  • Yos