December 8, 2009

JUST AS THE UR HAD TO RUN RIGHT...:

For Reid in 2010, Beware the Ides of 2004 (Josh Kurtz, 12/08/09, CQ-Roll Call)

Leave it to Dick Wadhams, the pugnacious strategist now serving as Colorado GOP chairman, to boldly say what most Republicans have been thinking about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid .

Republicans have been excited for months by the knowledge that the Nevada Democrat is vulnerable in his quest for a fifth term. But in a fundraising appeal last week, Wadhams boiled down their sentiments into a single, potent message: We can get another scalp here.

Wadhams penned a letter for Sue Lowden, the former Nevada GOP chairwoman who is one of 10 Republicans vying to knock off Reid next year. Wadhams’ decision to wade into the Nevada race carries a lot of pop: In his peripatetic political career, Wadhams’ biggest triumph came as campaign manager for Sen. John Thune , R-S.D., in 2004, when Thune ousted Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle by 2 points


...so too are Senate Democrats these days forced to choose a "moderate" leader, but then he loses that label when he becomes the face of their party and can't win re-election back home.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 8, 2009 6:59 AM
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