Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Ralph Reed goes down ... for now

It looks like Jack Abramoff is going to be the two words that haunt the GOP right through to November. The first victim is none other than Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition. He didn't even come close -- he lost the nomination for the Georgia Lieutentant Governor's race to Casey Cagle 56 to 44.

It is true that the results may have been tilted by Democrats crossing over to vote in the Repub race in a deliberate attempt to keep Reed off the ballot. (Georgia has open primaries.) But people are judged by the company they keep; and an anti-gambling advocate like Reed who turned out to be associated with a guy (Abramoff) who made his living off getting gambling licences for whites while screwing Native Americans with similar ambitions may have been one nail on the coffin too many, even dedicated elephants who are getting sick and tired of hypocrisy.

A victory is still a victory, and this is one worth celebrating -- but I don't think we've seen the last of Ralph Reed.

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