COMMENTARY | Karl Rove has attacked the TEA Party by forming a new Super PAC called the Conservative Victory Project. Many conservatives feel this Super PAC is conservative in name only.
Ever since the humbling defeat to the Democratic Party in the 2012 elections the Republican Party has been looking at some restructuring. A clash of ideals has led to some in-fighting that might indicate the need for another conservative party separate from the Republicans. Some TEA Party backed conservatives have won seats in Congress, but others lost their races due to public speaking gaffes. This has led Karl Rove to create the Conservative Victory Project to combat the rise of TEA Party candidates in the 2014 primary elections.
According to the Washington Post, L.Brent Bozell, founder of the conservative Media Research Center, says that “these fake conservatives” like Karl Rove “need to go away before they do more damage.” According to the Huffington Post, Matt Hoskins of the Senate Conservatives Fund says that the RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) like Karl rove in the Republican political establishment are behind this effort:
“The Conservative Defeat Project is yet another example of the Republican establishment’s hostility toward its conservative base. Rather than listening to the grassroots and working to advance their principles, the establishment has chosen to declare war on the party’s most loyal supporters. If they keep this up, the party will remain in the wilderness for decades to come.””
As we all know, the Democratic party is socially progressive and fiscally they’re all about more taxes and bigger government. The Republicans are generally social conservative and talk big about small government, but in practice the size of the government grew by quite a bit under Bush, albeit at a much slower pace when compared to when Democrats nabbed control of Congress in 2007. When Republicans had the Presidency and both parts of Congress we still saw the deficit and debt growing, which is quite a change from the Republican Party of the 1990’s which oversaw an attempt at balancing the budget.
Donald Trump has suggested via Twitter that perhaps a third party needs to be created:
If Karl Rove & @GOP Establishment continue to attack the Tea Party, who delivered in 2010, then there will be a 3rd Party in 2016.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2013
I could see how another party could fill in the political gap. The Libertarians are fiscally very conservative, and would enjoy shrinking the size of the government and military dramatically, while at the same time they tend to be socially progressive. A fourth party based upon the ideals of the TEA Party would be both socially and fiscally conservative.
Riding off the coattails of the conservative movement and then declaring war on us is reprehensible. Karl Rove doesn't know what's coming.
— Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) February 4, 2013
What do you think about Karl Rove attacking the TEA Party? Do you agree with Donald Trump’s suggestion to create a new conservative party?
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