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Karl Rove The First Casualty In GOP's Civil War

Business Insider: Grassroots Republican operatives and Movement conservatives are quickly turning against the GOP Establishment in the wake of the party's expensive defeat this election cycle.

Republicans we spoke to this week voiced a near-universal disgust with the national Republican Party leaders and Washington political class, who are seen as having put their personal financial interest above winning the election.

As this internecine struggle gathers steam, the first target appears to be Karl Rove, the former Bush campaign mastermind who has dictated much of the GOP's strategy over the past decade.

In the wake of the party's 2012 losses, however, Rove and his well-funded American Crossroads super PAC have become a symbol of misguided Establishment strategy, party cronyism, and Beltway bloat. The fall from grace is perhaps unsurprising, given his group's disastrous performance this cycle. According to a new report, American Crossroads got a mere 1% return on its $104 million investment in 2012 races.

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Let the GOP cannibalism

Let the GOP cannibalism begin! Long live Libertarians!

Rove should have gone to jail

Rove should have gone to jail ages ago, over his vindictive role in the Ambassador Wilson affair for illegally outing Valerie Plame as a CIA operative. That actually sabotaged a long term legitimate op the US intelligence was doing in Iran. Instead he further embedded itself in the GOP power structure, and pulled down tens of millions finding soft money to back his pro-war, pro-bankster loser candidates.

Perhaps the pitch of the liberty movement to the Republican rank and file henceforth should be to point to the two-cycle GOP losers who have left real conservatives high and dry in defeat, but deep in compromise, debt and empire. We should also remember to emphasize the lack of enthusiasm the Rove-set of establishment moderates generate among the party base---we now know the evangelicals and social conservatives will NOT come running to vote for the McCains or Romneys, but likely stay home along with the liberty Republicans, until a real candidate comes along.