I agree with Eric Boehlert at Media Matters that FOX is in a bind and it's a problem they created,
'The Tea Party likely wouldn't exist today without Fox News, which means any effort to divorce itself from the movement could prove cumbersome. It's also a move that might alienate its core viewers. There's already grumbling from Tea Party defenders who are unhappy with Rove's prominent association with Fox News.'
It's clear that FOX has sided with the Big Money Boys backing Karl Rove and his Conservative Victory Project via American Crossroads. Roger Ailes has apparently realized that rigid and radical Tea Bagger orthodoxy is no longer profitable for the network or the Republican party and the bottom line dictates that teh stupid be set adrift (Romney who?). Sarah Palin was quietly let go and chief cheerleader Dick Morris, who is as bad at math as I am, was unceremoniously given his walking papers.
Smarting from an embarrassing loss, two excrutiating minutes of self doubt and true to their fashion, someone must be blamed. So Tea Baggers are blaming Rove and he's blaming them and the fur and feathers are starting to fly.
Penning a scathing editorial in Politico this week,
'syndicated radio host Steve Deace lashed out at Rove and his "prominent and annoying display on Fox News as the Republican ruling class' mouthpiece.'
So what's happened to the legendary Republican party discipline or does that only apply when they win?
'One of the defining traits of the right-wing media for years, if not decades, has been the extraordinary discipline under which its players operate. Less interested in public debates among themselves and more focused on attacking common enemies, conservatives haven't invested a lot of time and resources in soul searching. But as electoral losses pile up, the frustration is seeping into public view.
Another structural problem is Fox doesn't really function as a clearinghouse for ideas, or a town hall forum where conservatives can hash out their differences. (Heated agreement appears to be the programming goal.) Fox News' purpose is to serve as a partisan missile. Now, as the civil war erupts, Fox might have to divert its attention from bashing Obama and be forced to play referee between two embittered conservative camps. Either that, or pick sides.'
Yesireebob, FOX is in a henhouse all right, surrounded by all the Tea Bag chickens they helped incubate and now there's a whole lotta' pecking and squawking.
'I'm filing the paperwork to form a super PAC to support freedom-loving conservative alternatives to @karlrove on FOX, Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) February 5, 2013'
Fur and feathers will fly for the foreseeable future.
Heh, I enjoy mine with a little butter and parmesan.