The GOP Civil War is getting funner by the day!
BTW, watch the video! It's funny to see Eyebrow Lad reduced to
stutters and stammers
With the battle won by the ultra-right in Delaware, the national
conservative pundits who backed Christine O'Donnell in last night's
GOP Senate primary have turned on a man who is presumably one of their
own: Karl "The Architect" Rove. After Rove bemoaned O'Donnell's
nomination as the end of the GOP's chances to take back the Senate in
a heated interview with Sean Hannity last night, pundits and tea
partiers have slammed him as a traitor and even called for Fox News to
suspend him as an on-air analyst.
In one five-minute interview, it seems, Rove went from keeper of the
conservative cause to the next Jane Hamsher in the eyes of those who
are ostensibly his allies. It's a stunning turn against the man who
has recast himself as a right-wing media darling since Bush left
office, and suggests that the next war on the establishment from angry
conservatives could be aimed in part at the man who for close to a
decade was the progressive movement's enemy number one.
"There are a lot of nutty things O'Donnell's been saying...." "Did you
ask her about how [she says] there are people following her home each
night, and how she's checking the bushes?"
"...I'm for the Republicans but we were looking at 8-9 seats in the
Senate, now we're looking at 7-8. This is not a race we're going to be
able to win."
"I just finished watching Karl Rove trashing GOP Senate primary winner
Christine O'Donnell. It was on Sean Hannity's FNC show. Might as well
have been Olbermann on MSNBC," Michelle Malkin wrote on her blog last
night. "The establishment Beltway strategist couldn't even bother with
an obligatory word of congratulations for O'Donnell."
Over at HotAir, Malkin's take was reposted it under the simple
headline, "War." This morning, HotAir blogger Ed Morrissey took his
own shot at establishment figures like Rove who he said should get
over Mike Castle's defeat last night and hop aboard the O'Donnell
train. Morrissey writes that establishment GOP types should rally
around their nominee in Delaware, just as they would expect
O'Donnell's supporters to do if Castle had won.
"Rarely have I seen such childishness from the supposed leaders of a
political establishment, who set the very rules and customs they now
want to ignore because they just got embarrassed on a national stage,"
Morrissey writes. "Grow up, shut up, and get to work."
Malkin seems to agree. "Rove came across as an effete sore loser
instead of the supposedly brilliant and grounded GOP strategist that
he's supposed to be," she wrote. "Expect more Washington Republicans
to start sounding like Tea Party-bashing libs as their entrenched
incumbent friends go down."
Dan Riehl, a conservative who blogs at the site RiehlWorldView.com,
went the farthest in his attacks on Rove, calling on Fox News to
"suspend" him and "investigate" reports that he tried to tip the
balance for Castle in behind-the-scenes meetings with tea partiers in
Delaware last year.
"Especially given his comments on Fox News tonight, until this is
resolved, it seems impossible to trust Rove as an objective analyst,"
Riehl wrote. "In terms of the conservative movement, we should not
simply ignore him, but proactively work to undermine Rove in whatever
ways we can, given his obvious willingness to undermine us."
According to one of the key tea party leaders who helped push
O'Donnell over the finish line last night, Delaware 9/12 Patriots
executive director Russ Murphy, Rove held a meeting with O'Donnell
supporters last year where he implored tea partiers to bury the
hatchet with Castle and get behind a Republican that could win.
Speaking after O'Donnell at the Delaware victory party last night,
Murphy delivered what he said was "a message" to Rove after the
"With all due respect, no one is going to tell us how to take care of
business," Murphy said.
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