Moderation madness at Fox? I don't think so, gentle reader. As my colleague Ellen just pointed out, frequent Fox contributor Karl Rove is in big trouble over his new super PAC, the Conservative Victory Project, designed to keep controversial conservatives from winning Senate primaries. Now Rove is all over the place trying to do damage control. Thursday night he was on the Factor, assuring Bill O’Reilly that he was no squishy RINO moderate but a dedicated supporter of Tea Party candidates.
Rove assured O'Reilly he wanted conservatives to win elections too – just not bad ones. By “bad” he meant the infamous rape guys Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, or Christine O’Donnell in 2010: “big star among the Tea Party people but the woman couldn’t put three sentences together.” Raising his trusty whiteboard he pointed out that American Crossroads had given generously to other Tea Party candidates, notably Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Pat Toomey. It was not about ideology but about being a good candidate, he insisted. “Can we begin to do a better job of vetting these candidates?”
Not everyone is buying it, that's for sure. It isn't just Mike Huckabee - it's Rush and Mark Levin and all the other uncompromising hard-right types, the ones that Fox Nation swoons over. It all leads me to believe that Fox News isn't going to turn loose all the horses in their right-wing stable. Just the most obviously stupid ones.