Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Ralph Reed Tagged Out Stealing Home

Great. I was having a little trouble reporting about the former Christian Coalition leader and white-collar criminal Ralph Reed, because, well, he was running for office, and we try to stay out of partisan election politics here.

But ...
Former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, unable to overcome his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, conceded defeat Tuesday in Georgia’s Republican race for lieutenant governor.

In Alabama, George Wallace Jr. — son of the legendary Alabama governor and presidential candidate — lost his bid for the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor to Luther Strange, a first-time candidate.

Reed was making his first bid for elective office after working for years as a behind-the-scenes campaign strategist and leading the Christian Coalition and the state Republican Party. Ralph Reed concedes defeat in Ga. primary: Ex-Christian Coalition leader ends GOP bid for lieutenant governor

Wow, and just a few months ago this guy was sitting on top of the world, palling with Abramoff, making money hand over fist off those girls who were being forced into sex-slavery and forced abortions, uh, I mean, who were being exposed to Biblical teachings, and his lucrative deals with the Indian casinos, uh, I mean, his crusade to stamp out sinful gambling.

Now I can link you to this beautiful piece by Garrison Keillor from a couple of weeks ago. Yes, the Prairie Home Companion guy.
If a preacher secretly accepts a bucket of money from a saloonkeeper to organize a temperance rally at a rival saloon and maybe send in a gang of church ladies to chop up the bar with their little hatchets, this would strike you and me as sleazy, but others are willing to make allowances, and so Ralph Reed's political career is still alive and breathing in Georgia. He has bathed himself in tomato juice and hopes to smile his way through the storm. My opinion Garrison Keillor : Reed bagged big payoffs by opposing gambling

Go read the rest, it's pure literature. Turns out that tomato juice doesn't get rid of the smell forever.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Go read the rest, it's pure literature."

Oh, OK. And maybe unlike anything you read in a post here, it will make a slight bit of sense.


July 19, 2006 3:49 PM  
Blogger Orin Ryssman said...

I have to is a good thing that the voters of Georgia had the good sense to give the nod to Reed. I hope this will give pause to pious pols that they must be pure in every aspect of the life, private and public.

July 19, 2006 11:29 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

My gosh, are you being forced to come to this blog? Forced blog reading?!?!?! I am distressed that this is happening to you since people are only supposed to come here by choice. I hope the day will come when your forced servitude to this blog wil end.


July 20, 2006 8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The voters of Georgia did not "give the nod" to Reed. They gave him the boot.

Message sent: Hypocrites need not apply.

July 20, 2006 9:24 AM  

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