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Dispatch from front lines of GOP civil war: Tea Party group portrays Karl Rove as a Nazi

Vicious infighting among Republicans these days has increasingly become grist for our liberal mill here at Applesauce — as evidenced, for example by THIS ENTRY  from yesterday.

And now there’s THIS:

A top tea party group is taking its clash with Karl Rove to a new level, sending out a fundraising email Tuesday featuring a photoshopped image [above} of the GOP operative in an SS uniform.

“Wipe the Smirk Off Karl Rove’s Face,” reads the subject line of the email, from Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder and national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots.

Tuesday afternoon, more than five hours after the fundraising email went out, Tea Party Patriots issued a public apology to Rove.

“We apologize to Mr. Rove,” Martin said in the statement. “While we may have strong disagreements with Mr. Rove on the future of conservatism, we want to be clear this imagery is absolutely unacceptable and are working to ensure this type of mistake doesn’t happen again.”

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The tea party drew scathing criticism when a relatively small number of activists used racist rhetoricand Hitler comparisons in their criticism of President Barack Obama. Tea party leaders quickly denounced the rhetoric as unrepresentative of the small government movement, and pointed out that liberals protesting the Iraq war had compared former President George W. Bush to Nazis.

In fact, the Tea Party Patriots’ email lambastes “’Republicans’ like Rove” for calling “Tea Party members ‘racists’, ’bigots,’ ‘paranoid’ and even political ‘underbrush’” over “just that last few weeks.”

The fundraising pitch asks supporters to help the group raise $1 million by the end of the month, which it says will be used to oppose efforts by a new Rove-fronted outfit that intends to boost establishment candidates in 2014 GOP primaries.

Tea party groups have cried foul over Rove’s effort, which they say is an attempt to purge the GOP of their influence. The Tuesday email asserts “Karl Rove believes he can raise hundreds of millions of dollars, crush the Tea Party movement and protect the big-government status quo in Washington from millions of freedom loving Americans. Well, he’s wrong.”

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