The media loves the fringe elements of the Republican party. They love the costumes, the protest signs, the imagery of minutemen ready to fight in the streets. It makes for sensational TV, boosts ratings and whips up flames of discontent within a party the MSM would like to help Barack Obama destroy.
But among those who see the damage which is being done to the republican brand these same people who get media attention for themselves by being disagreeable are about to get less attention, or at least that is the plan.
POLITICO reports that there is an all out push to marginalize the dissenters which in the POLITICO piece one un-named high profile Republican strategist called the "cranks, haters and bigots" continuing to say "there’s a lot of underbrush that has to be cleaned out.”
So FoxNews parted ways with Sarah Palin and Dick Morris, Karl Rove has formed a new organization looking to help keep controversial candidates from winning republican primaries and it looks like the TEA party folks who did squeak by are either going to have to climb in the "Rove-boat" or be set adrift.
Not everybody agrees with this strategy. Also quoted in the POLITICO piece is Steve Deace, a talk-radio host in Iowa who said "“Rove’s prominent and annoying display on Fox News as the Republican ruling class’ mouthpiece and his new effort aimed at defeating the Tea Party makes him the point man for destroying the very conservative movement that made him a national name in politics in the first place,”