By Jeffrey Lord
Rove staffer attack on MRC’s Brent Bozell as “hater” ignites anti-Rove backlash.
Talk about a political disaster.
The other day I closed a piece on Karl Rove by saying that in launching what he called the “Conservative Victory Project” Mr. Rove had made a big mistake.
A really big mistake.
The group, described here in the New York Times as “intended to counter other organizations that have helped defeat establishment Republican candidates over the last two election cycles,” has had a horrific reception among conservatives
Yesterday the big mistake became bigger. Much bigger. A thunderstorm became Katrina.
Yesterday, American Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio went on Washington, D.C. radio station WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall show hosted by Brian Wilson and Larry O’Connor.
And among other things casually dismissed Brent Bozell, the president of the Media Research Center as a “hater” — and worse.
Here’s the link to 8.27 minutes worth of the WMAL audio.
Toward the end of the interview, Collegio is asked about criticism of Rove from Bozell. Bozell had appeared on the show the day before to voice his unhappiness, and written a column about Rove’s effort as well.
Bozell, the nephew of the late William F. Buckley, Jr., whose father wrote the bestselling conservative classic Conscience of a Conservative with Barry Goldwater in the early 1960’s, wrote in part:
Rove argues that Republican fortunes have been ruined by “far-right conservatives,” but he’s shamelessly calling this entity the “Conservative Victory Project.” Yes, and I could call myself Ray Lewis, but it doesn’t make it so.
Whaddaya know? The liberal Democrats at the Times love this idea. They call it “the most robust attempt yet by Republicans to impose a new sense of discipline on the party.” They would love a group to “discipline” conservatives right out of the GOP nominating process. What the heck? They could call themselves “conservative,” too.
It’s reminiscent of all the reporters who desperately wanted Colin Powell to run for president in 1996 because apparently Bob Dole was too fringy, and, as Howard Fineman said at the time, reporters “want a Republican Party they can live with.”