GOP strategist Karl Rove’s latest moves to target Republican candidates deemed unelectable essentially amounts to an attack on the Reagan base of the party, says the chairman of a SuperPac which supports conservative candidates.
In an interview with Newsmax TV, Chairman of For America Brent Bozell said Karl Rove is more interested in winning elections than supporting conservatives.
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“I’m listening to them echo the mantra of William F. Buckley, which was to support the most electable conservative,” Bozell said. “It’s offensive to me that they even had the word conservative in their title. This is an effort that has spent years supporting one moderate after another over conservatives. The only conservatives who won last year were tea party conservatives, the very same candidates they want out of business.”
Bozell said he agrees with FreedomWorks’ Matt Kibbe, who has accused Rove and the GOP establishment of waging “gang warfare” within the party.
“Matt Kibbe is exactly right. This is an attack on the Reagan base,” Bozell said. “Look this is nothing new, they’ve been at this for 30 years. In 2010, they worked overtime to prevent Marco Rubio from winning the Senate.
"They supported Charlie Crist who went on to become a good Democrat. In 2004, they supported Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey and Arlen Spector went on to become a good Democrat. In 1980, when Karl Rove worked for George Bush, they were calling Ronald Reagan unelectable.”
He goes on to say those who are trying to muzzle the base are the ones who are damaging the party, not conservatives.
“They’ve been at this for 30, 40 years, but the point is their guys keep losing and their positions keep losing,” Bozell said. “And last year, they lost hundreds of millions of dollars in the biggest, most disastrous defeat in history, and now they’re trying to blame conservatives.”
Bozell attributes attacking the Reagan base to the fact that the current GOP establishment can’t defend its record of failure, so it’s attacking the opposition.
“Karl Rove and company were so disastrous (New York Mayor Mike) Bloomberg called them the number one disaster of 2012. Donald Trump called them a waste of money,” Bozell said. “They had such terrible results in 2012 that they’re frantically looking to blame somebody for what they did."
He said two candidates – one in Missouri and one in Indiana – were conservatives who lost.
"They don’t mention that in Missouri that was not the choice of national conservatives and that we supported the other two. They just blame the radical right for things. It’s time for Karl Rove, Steve Law and that whole crowd to retire," he added.
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