Karl Rove wants to make sure Joe Walsh never wins another election.
Rove, who was President George W. Bush’s political adviser, is now a Fox News analyst and affiliated with American Crossroads, a conservative political action committee.
Some conservatives, though, are too conservative even for Karl Rove. He’s co-founded the Conservative Victory Project to prevent extreme right-wingers from winning Republican primaries, then blowing the general election.
“There is a broad concern about having blown a significant number of races because the wrong candidates were selected,” Rove’s partner, Steven J. Law, the president of American Crossroads, told The New York Times. “We don’t view ourselves as being in the incumbent protection business, but we want to pick the most conservative candidate who can win.”
The best known examples are Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, who won Senate primaries in Missouri and Indiana with Tea Party support, then destroyed their candidacies by making controversial comments about rape.
In Illinois, state Sen. Bill Brady appeared at Tea Party rallies throughout his 2010 run for governor and lost to Gov. Pat Quinn, who would have been beaten by any moderate Republican.
Walsh has mused about running against Sen. Dick Durbin, or running for governor to ensure the Republican Party doesn’t nominate another “establishment fuddy duddy.” It sounds as though Rove’s new group would prefer a fuddy duddy to a Tea Partier.