Battle for College Reeps mirrors big-time politics

When you look at his bio, Michael Davidson sounds a bit like John McCain. He’s an upstart Republican who spent years behind enemy lines and later emerged to nearly take down the party establishment’s candidate in a national election.

Of course, the “enemy” territory where Davidson operated was the University of California at Berkeley, not a North Vietnamese prison camp. But one shouldn’t underestimate the significance of the office that he narrowly lost: the chairmanship of the College Republican National Committee.

After all, this was the office that brought Karl Rove to prominence in 1973

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