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Just as Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo started pleading with Colorado Republicans to stop beating up each other, GOP strategist Dick Wadhams took to the radio waves to slam down Tancredo as unelectable.
On KNUS' Backbone Radio show Sunday, Wadhams amplified on an a Sept. 1 Denver Post op-ed, where he made veiled references to GOP candidates who've lost previously and who, if nominated, would extend the Republican "losing streak" in Colorado.
Guest host Randy Corporon deserves credit for getting to the heart of the matter, when he asked Wadhams:
Corporon: "The two candidates who popped to mind for me who've lost state-wide office in recent history are Tom Tancredo and Senate candidate Ken Buck. Did you have them in mind?"
Wadhams: "Indeed I did. I cannot see how a candidate who has clearly had a history of rhetoric that has alienated Hispanic voters can get elected state-wide in Colorado. I don't see it."
[BigMedia intervention: One wonders if Corporon thought about asking Wadhams for the name of any GOP candidate, including Rep. Mike Coffman, who does not have a "history of rhetoric that has alienated Hispanic voters," but let's continue with the interview.]
Wadhams: In terms of Ken Buck, who I think would have been a marvelous U.S. Senator, and Ken, actually, was going into October with a lead. But he said some things that gave Michael Bennet the ability to come from behind and win that… And those issues don't go away.
[BigMedia intervention]: But Buck blamed his loss on Democrats, not on himself.
Wadhams later in the interview: "I do not think that even if it had been a head-to-head with Hickenlooper and Tancredo, that Tancredo would have won in 2010. Hickenlooper never had to run a negative ad… He's never been tested state-wide in a campaign like this. I don't think he would hold up under scrutiny."
I respect the conservative talk-show hosts, like Corporon, who've been dedicating serious time to figuring out how to reform the Republican Party. Contrasting Wadhams' attacks with Tancredo's peace-offering is definitely part of this debate.
And again, Corporon took on the issue directly, asking Wadhams whether Tancredo's "peace plan" is something he'd reject. Wadhams said "issues matter in campaigns" and ignoring them during the primary will just make Republicans go down in flames in the general election.
It's a "bunch of bunk" that primaries hurt GOP candidates, Wadhams said, adding the bruising primaries benefit good candidates.
I started thinking about the U.S. missiles that are poised to bomb Syria. Peace is difficult to pull off, but at least they're debating the topic, as it relates to the Colorado Republican Party, on conservative talk radio.