The Other McCain has started a new blog to protest the National Republican Senatorial Committee's decision to back Charlie Crist in the Florida primary next year. So, do I join the battle?
The Republican party has two wings struggling for control now, and this is another skirmish. You have your establishment and your hard-core conservatives. Both sides believe the other cost them in the past two election cycles, and both believe following their way is the way out for the Republican party.
But neither has the strength to make the other cry "Uncle."
The problem goes back to the 2004 Pennsylvania primary between Arlen Specter and Pat Toomey. The establishment supported Specter and look what it got us - the 60th Democratic senator, who whined that the party pushed out Lincoln Chafee in 2006. Not a great return on investment.
The hard-core conservatives believe "give us a fighting chance and the people will listen." The establishment helps those in their group. NRSC figures it better support Crist, since he could just run for governor again and win.
The establishment sees young people voting Democratic and think they'd better get closer to their concerns. The hard-core conservatives see the bad impacts of taxes and out-of-control spending looming, and wants to be there when today's youth get the bill.
When the youth figure both parties have ruined their future, they will be looking for a choice, not an echo.