Rove vs the right: Who will set the direction of the GOP?

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By The Cycle Staff
FILE- In this June 1, 2011, file photo, GOP strategist Karl Rove arrives at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver , where he addressed Republicans at a fund...
FILE- In this June 1, 2011, file photo, GOP strategist Karl Rove arrives at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver , where he addressed Republicans at a fund...
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A civil war seems to be brewing inside the Republican Party, and the first shot may be fired in the 2014 primaries. Tea Party and establishment pols are battling for control of the GOP. Karl Rove, whose American Crossroads SuperPAC failed to have much impact in the 2012 election, is launching the Conservative Victory Project. The idea is to prevent the Republican party base from nominating candidates too extreme to win in general elections.

Steve Kornacki points out that he believes this is happening because “what Rove represents and the donors behind Rove represent is a wing of the party that a wants to win–and that is not particularly interested in cultural stuff.” As Steve explained it, “They look at Todd Akin and they look at Richard Murdoch and they will say, ‘We could have had the Senate if we weren’t nominating these guys.’”

If Rove and his new SuperPAC has their way, there will be more centrist, more electable Republican candidates representing the GOP in the 2014 Senate race.

Rove vs the right: Who will set the direction of the GOP?

Updated