|Sen. Mark Udall|
Secondly, wedge issues, such as reproductive rights (e.g., subsidized and free contraceptives), will be used in a targeted fashion to motivate turnout and to increase the Democratic vote share among women.
Republicans, such as Cory Gardner, counter with their own positions on women’s reproductive issues and argue that they’re reasonable and open to discussion. Gardner’s most dramatic action to make that point was to shift his position on Colorado’s “personhood” amendment.
The essence of the Democratic strategy in Colorado and elsewhere is the argument that their opponents are extremists.
|Rep. Cory Gardner|
Floyd Ciruli, an independent pollster and analyst, said Gardner had strengthened his position by switching his position on personhood, which he said was the candidate’s greatest liability. “Painful,” he said, “but a smart move.”
Ultimately this year, Ciruli said, “Colorado is a battle for looking like you're reasonable.”
Udall’s team clearly believes he is endangered and must use the best items from the 2010 campaign, even if they are among the most obvious and ubiquitous tools in the Democratic playbook.
See Mischiefs of Faction: Republican Party factions and the Hobby Lobby decision