In the beginning of the Tea Party movement the GOP establishment saw them as a reinvigorating force, and it rightly so. It was the Tea Party movement that brought the landslide Republican victory in the 2010 elections. In present times though it would seem the Tea Party is costing the Republican Party dearly.
Time and time again it has been the extremely radical Tea Party endorsed candidates that have lost important federal elections that should have been easy Republican victories. Remember the likes of Sharon Angle, Christine O’Donnell, Todd Akin, and Richard Mourdock? Their radical views lead to Democrats retaining control of the Senate multiple times, and even getting a larger minority in the House of Representatives.
These costly Tea Party candidates along with the danger of establishment Republicans being primaried by said candidates, and the damage these Tea Party candidates are doing to the National GOP image has finally lead to some members of the establishment to fight back.
Karl Rove has now created a new super PAC called the Conservative Victory Fund, which is aiming to raise millions of dollars to use against other Republicans! Namely these Tea Party Candidates and the Tea Party groups who fund them to ultimately hand over seats of office to Democrats will be attacked.
This is essentially civil war in the Republican Party, and it isn’t new. Tea Party groups won’t stand by and take attack from the same establishment they were already on bad terms with. The real kicker is that Karl Rove is trying to lead this “reform” within the Republican Party all the while he was one of the big establishment backers of this movement just years ago. Expect this turmoil from within to become even more volatile as we inch closer to 2014 election season.