American Crossroads, which spent nearly $400 million in the past election cycle without much effect, has given the group the Orwellian name of the Conservative Victory Project (CVP).


The purpose of the CVP is to ensure that Republicans nominate approved candidates like Denny Rehberg, Tommy Thompson and Rick Berg, rather than unapproved candidates like Christine O’Donnell, Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin.

In fact, its first target is Iowa congressman Steve King, who is contemplating a run for the now open Iowa Senate seat.  The Times reports that Law openly worries about King’s candidacy stating, “We’re concerned about Steve King’s Todd Akin problem,” Mr. Law said. “This is an example of candidate discipline and how it would play in a general election. All of the things he’s said are going to be hung around his neck.”

So, Stephen Law and the man behind Crossroads, Karl Rove, are riding to the rescue.

After all, it is not enough that the official National Republican Senatorial Committee will be spending its considerable time, money and talent to “recruit approved” candidates into each Senate race, and then turn its considerable inside-the-Beltway fundraising apparatus loose to see that the “correct” candidates are adequately funded.

No, now Republican primary voters are going to be subjected to an onslaught of ads helping them choose wisely, in an attempt to overwhelm grassroots candidate like the just-elected Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet 228 Republican lawmakers urge Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade GOP, Democrats battle over masks in House, Senate MORE from Texas, or Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators Only two people cited by TSA for mask violations have agreed to pay fine Senators reach billion deal on emergency Capitol security bill MORE, Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate holds sleepy Saturday session as negotiators finalize infrastructure deal Break glass in case of emergency — but not for climate change Democrats join GOP in pressuring Biden over China, virus origins MORE, Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet Trump urged DOJ officials to call election corrupt 'and leave the rest to me' Chuck Todd is dead wrong: Liberal bias defines modern journalism MORE or Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet House GOP stages mask mandate protest 228 Republican lawmakers urge Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade MORE

The very same D.C. political elites who delivered us the “electable” Mitt Romney will now be working their magic in a primary close to you.

And what happens when the party faithful don’t follow their sage wisdom?

You only have to look at Karl Rove’s tirade against Christine O’Donnell two and a half years ago when she beat the pre-approved Mike Castle.  Rove went on the air attacking the Republican nominee before they had even finished counting the votes. 

Or, you can look at how these same elites spent a month burying Todd Akin in Missouri after his much-publicized rape comment in an attempt to get him to drop from the race so they could replace the voter’s choice with their own.

The sad truth is that if Law and Rove had their way, we would repeal all of those nasty primaries and just let the smoke-filled-room boys pick their buddies to run.  It is just too messy when real people make primary choices. 

It is from that messy political system that the Ronald Reagan’s and Rand Paul’s emerged irking the elite because they owe them nothing.

And ultimately, that is a good thing for the country, and believe it or not, for the stodgy Republican Party as well.

Rick Manning (@rmanning957) is the vice president of public policy and communications for Americans for Limited Government.