THE GOP BASE VS THE NRSC, REDUX…. We talked the other day about the disgust among far-right Republican activists with the Republican establishment support for Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s (R) Senate campaign. For the party base, Crist isn’t nearly conservative enough, especially as compared to his main primary opponent, Florida’s former far-right House Speaker, Mark Rubio.

Erick Erickson of responded by urging rank-and-file Republicans to cut off support for the NRSC. Tim F. notes today quotes organizers of the effort, who seem to think they’re on the right track.

You may remember my reaction when the “treacherous bastards” at the National Republican Senatorial Committee endorsed Charlie Crist in the Florida Senate race — 15 months before the primary!

Erick Erickson of Red State started a Facebook group to protest the NRSC’s endorsement of Crist, and Erick just sent this message to group members:

Subject: They are listening
I’ve been getting all sorts of emails begging me to shut this group down.
Instead, please consider inviting ten friends each.
The NRSC will not listen to us unless we help shut down their fundraising. You can help.


Meanwhile, there is a new blog HQ for the grassroots anti-NRSC protest: NOT ONE RED CENT.

I’m going to assume the DSCC will be supporting the grassroots anti-NRSC protest with great enthusiasm.

Indeed, while Dems struggle with their usual divisions and intra-party strife, they’ve been awfully fortunate of late to be blessed with foolish rivals. Half the Republican establishment is rallying around Newt Gingrich and Dick Cheney as their top leaders. The other half is launching a rebranding effort featuring the party’s failed presidential candidate and their failed president’s brother.

All the while, the GOP base is working hard to make sure the party doesn’t move one inch towards the political mainstream.

Democrats can still screw this situation up in any number of ways, but they’re lucky to have rivals on the other side of the aisle who seem hopelessly lost.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.