Good grief! Karl Rove, one of the big losers in the November election, is unapologetically back to slay the GOP's no-longer-welcome intruders. He's prepared to offer a daring new see-through Spring Collection for his winless lot of hapless candidates. Editorial writers would describe the plan as "bold". You could say that, too, as in "desperately bold". Everybody in the political world is talking about it.
Rove has created a new Super PAC that he calls the modern Conservative Victory Project to halt the Tea Partyers in their tracks. And if you think that will finally bring peace, harmony and a little sense to Rove's party, you haven't followed the modern saga of the more distressed right-wing crowd that finds something to hate in government every hour.
Rove has always been something of a behavioral therapist, leading George W.Bush's through more reflective moments as "Bush's Brain." But now, even though his money machine, American Crossroads, was unable to elect a single conservative candidate on his personal list, he's decided to charge into the deepest quarters of his natural habitat for what he clearly intends to be a game changing moment on the national runway.
Simply put, if that's possible, he wants to protect moderately conservative candidates from primary challenges from the horrific people who call President Obama a socialist born in a rain forest and say profoundly stupid things about women who have been raped.
Not that a man of Rove's towering presence in the GOP hasn't managed to open a new front in the political wars. The right wing that has guided the party through four-plus years of Barack Obama is flapping loudly. Their gurus are assailing him as a turncoat feeding at the Potomac trough and have begun to re-enlist their battered forces from the past campaign. The torpedoes from the Club for Growth, the treasure house for political rightists, are making the rounds on Fox News and other sympathetic outlets to condemn Rove's plan. Names are being called on all sides.
From FreedomWorks, where Dick Armey reigned until recently, comes this troubling thought: The Republican Party would be sapped of the energy and wisdom of guys like Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Pat Toomey and Mike Lee if Rove's designated hitters drive them from competitive races.
When they put it like that, I may find myself reluctantly agreeing with Rove on a one-time basis as he wanders into his familiar divide-and-conquer comfort zone. Do I really have a choice?