Taking On The Tea Party

Rove wants the GOP to nominate candidates who can, you know, win:

In order to accomplish Rove’s goal, Jonathan Bernstein suggests that GOP elites elevate “real issues that have immediate material effects on large primary electorates, as opposed to purely symbolic issues”:

The drawback to relying on symbolic issues is that sane candidates are at a disadvantage. After all, they tend to be constrained by reality, and so they’re less likely to outbid the nuts when it comes to who loves the flag the most or who hates the “Ground Zero Mosque” the most; they’re more likely to slip up and admit that all candidates are patriotic or that not every Muslim community center is necessarily part of a jihadist plot. If the debate is on real policies with real consequences, however, reality-based conservatives are playing on ground that favors them.

Kornacki wonders whether Rove’s plan will backfire:

[W]hile it’s possible the Conservative Victory Fund could save the GOP a few seats in 2014, there’s also the potential that its existence will only strengthen the right’s resolve to fight the party establishment – and to help the very candidates it’s designed to stop.