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If you need more proof that there is a growing divide within the Republican Party between the GOP Establishment and the Tea Party, former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) criticized Karl Rove, the co-founder of Conservative Victory Project, a SuperPAC designed to prevent Tea Party Republicans from being able to win Republican Primaries.

Here's what Akin said:

It may be another example of big-government conservatism, to try to bypass primaries. If they were successful, it basically helps kill the grassroots heart of the party. I think it’s very non-constructive.
Akin even went as far as to accuse Rove of "trying to get rid of conservatives" through Rove's Conservative Victory Project.

Keep in mind that this is the same Todd Akin that sank his U.S. Senate campaign in Missouri by falsely claiming that victims of "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant and has become a symbol of controversial candidates destroying the Republicans' chances of winning back control of the U.S. Senate in 2012.

Oh, and by the way, Akin refused to rule out another run for public office.

If you ever needed more proof that the Republican Party is divided against itself, there it is.

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