Karl Rove -- the anti-tea partier?
The landscape has changed, with Mr. Rove at times clashing with potent new Tea Party-style activists, some of whom view him as a face of the old party establishment they want to upend.
Already a prominent presence as an analyst on Fox News Channel and a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Rove is also playing a leading role in building [political action groups American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS] what amounts to a shadow Republican Party, a network of donors and operatives that is among the most aggressive in the Republican effort to capture control of the House and the Senate.
Well, first, let me say: let a thousand shadows bloom. Anyone making up for Michael Steele is probably doing something right. There's a reason why "there's no money" going to the RNC, as Mary Cheney puts it. But I confess I'm even more sympathetic to folks on the right who are making up for Karl Rove.
Richard Viguerie, a longtime conservative strategist who has allied with Tea Party activists, said, “We’re all on the same page until the polls close Nov. 2.”
But, referring to Mr. Rove and Mr. Gillespie as part of the “ruling class,” he added, “Then a massive, almost historic battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party begins.”
I'd like for that to be an exaggeration -- I have a hat, a shirt, and a few bumper stickers reading No Purges -- but it's true: given no other choice, I'd rather be governed by someone plucked at random from the Tea Party rolls than be ruled by Karl Rove. The trouble with Massive Historic Battles, in this case, is that they raise the stakes so high, and polarize alternatives so powerfully, that they push well-intentioned people to cast their last resorts as dreams come true. Just as I'd expect someone to look around for other options when given the choice between ME and KARL ROVE, I'd expect Rove and Company to understand that their moment at the helm is good and gone and gone for good -- and, perhaps even more importantly, to understand why.