The Daily Caller‘s Matt Lewis showed his darker side earlier this week. It was something we hadn’t really seen before. The new, evolving Lewis cusses like a sailor. We’re enjoying the change. His metamorphosis, which may involve a bear rather than a butterfly, continued Wednesday.

A bit of context: Conservative media is broken up into two camps: The grassroots, perpetually confrontational activist crowd and the more establishment-friendly, “can’t we all just get along” crowd.

Lewis is in the latter, which doesn’t always sit well with grassroots folks like RedState‘s Ben Howe, who has also done work for conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation. Yesterday, the tension between the two was on full display, both sides letting their asses hang out for everyone to see on Twitter.

The squabble started Tuesday with John Ekdahl, a writer at the conservative blog “Ace of Spades HQ.” He sent Howe a link to a piece by Lewis wherein Lewis wrote that using a screen still from a TV hit as a Twitter photo makes one look like a “narcissistic douchebag.” Howe’s own Twitter photo is a still of himself on TV.

“I’ve never liked that guy. He’s high on his own intellect which is funny given how average it is,” Howe said of Lewis on Twitter. Some mocking of Lewis ensued, with Howe eventually joking that Lewis “has sex with animals.”

At that, Lewis wrote up a post at The Daily Caller yesterday in which he referred to Howe as his “personal Twitter troll.” Read more