^
Keep Westword Free
4
| Media |

Dick Wadhams's formula for a GOP comeback: Hit harder, faster!

Since figuratively getting their heads handed to them during last November's election, Republican operatives have been trying to figure out how to get off the mat prior to the next big vote less than two years from now, thereby setting the stage for a real comeback in 2012. According to "Republicans Staking Early Claim in 2010 Senate Cycle," an article in the well-read political publication The Hill, numerous conservative strategists believe the best way to do so is to "lambaste Democrats in a much more aggressive fashion in the 2010 cycle" -- and, unsurprisingly, Colorado Republican Party chairman and legendary pitbull Dick Wadhams (pictured) is among those leading the charge. "Defining the terms of the debate early on is terribly critical," he tells reporter Reid Wilson, using as his example the decision to repeatedly flog Democratic senatorial candidate Mark Udall with the label "Boulder liberal." Of course, Udall went on to handily defeat Republican hopeful Bob Schaffer, but that's no indication that the approach is flawed. "The headwinds were just too strong and nothing cut through," Wadhams reasoned.

In other words, negative ads will still work -- as long as they don't blow.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.