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. Shots fired, as the Twitter kids say. Politico gets reaction from Rove’s targets: Matt Hoskins, executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund, branded it the “Conservative Defeat Project.” “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,” Hoskins said. “If they keep this up, the party will remain in the wilderness for decades to come.”
Pundits are being dramatic. The reaction of the Tea Party groups to Karl Rove’s newest project has been less than warm. Will 2014 be a civil war within the party or the year it takes the Senate back? Reason gave this take.