I’ve been waiting a long time for the battle between the extreme social conservatives and the moderates in the Republican party to kick into high gear.

It looks like it may have just started here in Ohio with a fight between Dewine and some Catholic College Republicans.

Comments made by incoming Ohio GOP Chairman Kevin DeWine have outraged Republican Party leaders in Jefferson County, Ohio. At a press conference, DeWine claimed the Republican Party has lost its way because of issues like abortion and marriage and wants to abandon any focus on the issues.

“What DeWine doesn’t understand is many GOP activists and voters across the state, especially here in Jefferson County, are Republicans because they are pro-life, not the other way around,” said Mary Novick, president of the Franciscan University of Steubenville College Republicans. “If the Ohio Republican Party abandons us and refuses to voice our values, we will abandon the party.”

I’ve never been a big fan of Dewine, but I think he really is on the right track with his thinking. There aren’t enough people in Ohio or anywhere who vote strickly on their extreme, socially conservative beliefs. You can’t build a whole party around hating gay people and trying to take away women’s rights.

To revive the Republican brand they are going to have to move more to the middle and focus on things like lower taxes and smaller government.

But I’m SO glad so many wing nut Republicans disagree.

Let’s get ready to RUMBLE!