Rove and ‘Fake Conservatives:’ ‘Go Away,’ Bozell Says

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Ken Koeppe wears tea bags on his hat during an Americans For Prosperity rally.

A new Karl Rove plan to spend money in Republican primary races has stoked anger among Republicans who think the party needs to track right rather than to the center, Bloomberg News reports.

“Their idea of the most electable presidential candidate was Mitt Romney, and before him John McCain and before him Bob Dole,” said Brent Bozell, the leader of For America, a social media group that identifies its goals as promoting limited government, a strong national defense and Judeo-Christian values.

“These fake conservatives need to go away before they do more damage,” he said in an e-mailed statement this morning. A blog on For America’s website makes the same argument.

Bozell’s tone matches that of Erick Erickson, editor of conservative website Redstate.com. In a post this morning, Erickson wrote that Rove and his associates at the super-PAC American Crossroads and its nonprofit companion Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies “spent hundreds of millions of rich donors’ money and had jack to show for it.”

Erickson writes that Rove’s new political group, the Conservative Victory Project, will make it easy ”to figure out who the terrible candidates will be in 2014″ — the ones supported by the project.

The Conservative Victory Project is meant as a counterweight to other outside groups that have played in recent Republican primaries, The New York Times reported yesterday. Rove and fellow Crossroads associate Steven Law are behind the project, the Times reported.

Teaparty.org, a social media group that aggregates information about the anti-tax movement, interpreted this new Rove venture as a hostile move. It responded accordingly, featuring a Breitbart headline on its blog: “Rove Declares War on Tea Party.”

 

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