The score: Dick Wadhams 4, Democrats 0. Colorado's premiere GOP political consultant did it again, this time orchestrating the seismic defeat of Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle in South Dakota. Wadhams on Wednesday dismissed any notion that he's the Karl Rove of the West. "I'm just a country boy," the Las Animas native said, with a laugh.... "What Dick's truly good at is he draws fire and returns fire," Thune said. All year the race was neck and neck, with the lead shifting. Then Friday, Wadhams confided the shifting was over. They were going to win. What's next for Wadhams? For the next month, he'll split his time between his Littleton home and Sioux Falls, closing Thune's office. After that, it's likely he can do whatever he wants.The Denver Post also has an article on Wadhams headlined "Wadhams credited in Dem leader's defeat." Excerpt:
Even Democrats are calling Dick Wadhams the "giant-killer," or at least grumbling it under their breath. It's not surprising for the campaign manager who took out the first sitting Senate leader in 52 years. The Las Animas native is probably best known in Colorado as the sharp-tongued GOP strategist who ran the campaigns of Gov. Bill Owens and Sen. Wayne Allard. But his reputation shot into the stratosphere early Wednesday when he guided Republican John Thune to a narrow victory in the South Dakota Senate race over Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle. "It's sort of like winning the gold medal in the Olympics," said Jennifer Duffy, who tracks Senate races for the Cook Political Report.... Duffy credited Wadhams with "finding exactly the right message" to defeat Daschle. Wadhams depicted Daschle as a politician who had gone to Washington and lost touch with his rural state. "It wasn't terribly brilliant," Wadhams said. "Tom Daschle had moved left. He was much more liberal than he was when he ran for Congress 26 years ago."