It’s probably fair to say that Karl Rove, the former top Bush White House official, is not particularly popular among the Tea Party and other conservative activists gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Rove’s recently-announced Conservative Victory Project to find more electable Republican candidates has struck many grassroots activists as arrogant, elitist, and out-of-touch. Rove’s work will come up in the Friday afternoon CPAC session when David Bossie, head of Citizens United, includes this passage in his speech to the main gathering:
Calling it the Conservative Victory Project is like Mitt Romney calling himself severely conservative. Why do Karl Rove and company think they have a monopoly on wanting to win? We all want to win. And why does Karl Rove need to create a new organization with the name conservative in it? Because American Crossroads failed in 2012.