For social conservatives, the treason began long before election day, when Rove led the party’s tar-and-feathering of Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, after Akin’s now infamous “legitimate rape” comments. The GOP’s perceived betrayal of Akin confirmed what many grassroots conservative activists had long suspected: That the Republican Establishment was willing to throw the base under the bus to serve the interests of deep-pocketed donors.
Chief among Rove’s critics is David Lane, a powerful evangelical kingmaker and conservative operative who organizes briefings between pastors and politicians. In an email obtained by Business Insider, Lane lays out his criticism of Rove and sets the stage clearly for the coming war between the GOP Establishment and the party base.
It seems odd to me, that people hold Rove to account for “destroying the brand” (or whatever—you know what I mean), but give a pass to Akin for doing the same. Granted, one is not a politician, but still.
Any party wanting to claim legitimacy should have thrown Todd Akin under the bus. He’s an idiot. I’m surprised that of all the things you can be mad at Rove for that this is the one you picked out.