-By Nick Wing
February 28, 2013- GOP strategist Karl Rove continued to defend his new elections project this week, explaining that the controversial plan to thwart Republican candidates who might be too extreme to win general elections was a response to intense donor pressure.
Speaking to the National Center for Policy Analysis, Rove said he’d decided to launch the Conservative Victory Project, an offshoot of his American Crossroads super PAC, after being confronted by disgruntled contributors unsatisfied with the group’s awful record in the 2012 elections.
“My posterior was shredded a little bit by donors wondering why we are writing checks for people who then turn around and run such lousy campaigns,” Rove said, according to the Dallas Morning News.
As he’s done in the past, Rove held up the Senate candidacies of Missouri’s Todd Akin and Indiana’s Richard Mourdock as examples of the kind of electoral disasters the group would work to prevent. Both Republicans managed to sink their campaigns after creating national controversies with insensitive and inaccurate remarks about rape.