THE TEA Party has spent two election cycles now targeting establishment Republicans. But now that the Republican establishment is starting to fight back, the Tea Partiers are crying foul.
A new group, the Conservative Victory Project, will try to protect Republican Senate incumbents from challenges by hard-right candidates. The new super PAC will also try to recruit experienced conservative candidates and weed out far-right hopefuls whom it considers too extreme or inflammatory to win. This effort comes after controversial comments about rape and pregnancy by ultra-conservative Senate candidates Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock helped doom the GOP’s chances of winning control of the Senate last year.