by Max Brantley
Karl Rove has created a little noise in the Fox News world by talking of recruiting Republican candidates who'll counteract the Tea Party types that upset outcomes in several key Senate races. Mike Huckabee wants none of that. Courtesy of Media Matters:
RIVERA: Karl Rove says the Republican Party has to go through a metamorphosis, has to change. You know Bill Kristol says wait a second, the Tea Party's not so bad. Where do you stand?
HUCKABEE: I think Karl needs to go through a metamorphosis. You know this idea that somehow a handful of Republicans are going to attack Republicans that the handful doesn't like? I find that repulsive. I find it absolutely repulsive. This is not how you build a strong Republican Party, is by going after the people in your party who are different than you are. This is fratricide. And if the Republican Party wants to render itself utterly, utterly irrelevant, the best way to do it is to become several little parties within the party, which is apparently what some folks seem to think we ought to do. When you marginalize the Tea Party, marginalize the pro-life and pro-family part of the party, you lose every election coming up in the future. You lose every election. There may be a few local elections that you might win in some places outside the base of the party, but you're not going to win a national election again.
HUCKABEE: If you're going to spend millions of dollars, spend it to build up your Republican, the one you like, not millions to destroy a Republican that you don't think is up to your country club level. I find that just horrendous.
This is less of an issue in Arkansas. Tea Party ideology pretty well controls the Stepford Republican politician. That's one reason why many Republicans tend to dismiss House Speaker Davy Carter as a statewide candidate. Smart, pragmatic and demonstrably conservative, he's suspect because of an ability to work with Democrats. To a Republican, bipartisanship means a Democrat who adopts the Stepford Republican dogma.