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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

GOP chair quits over 'nuts'

Posted By on Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 11:00 AM

I don't think this fellow is alone. But he's rare in speaking up — and only after he faced a looming defeat in holding onto his position.

Colorado Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams dropped his reelection bid on Monday, and fired some parting shots at the Tea Party and the hard-line conservatives he thinks are hurting the party's electoral success.

"I have tired of those who are obsessed with seeing conspiracies around every corner and who have terribly misguided notions of what the role of the state party is while saying 'uniting conservatives' is all that is needed to win competitive races across the state," Wadhams wrote in a memo to the Colorado Republican State Central Committee obtained by The Denver Post.

"...I'm tired of the nuts," he told the Denver newspaper.

We are seeing this in Arkansas. Is a rigid far-right agenda — no abortions for rape victims, open carry of firearms, killing of health reform even if it means end of insurance coverage for sick people — the only ticket for the long run, as many on the Republican side are arguing? Or don't middle-of-the-road voters still count? Gov. Mike Beebe seems to answer yes to the second question. May his example be replicated by others and continue to prove a better course.

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