Ralph Reed's lips are moving
Ralph Reed continues to demonstrate himself to be completely unprincipled and untrustworthy. A pathetic spectacle, flip-flopping shamelessly on immigration in an effort to tap into the anti-amnesty sentiment he previously disdained:
- In January of 2004, Reed told a national talk show audience that granting a blanket amnesty to all illegal aliens in the U.S. was a “responsible policy” because ” we have got eight to 12 million illegal aliens in our country right now” and “we need to know who these folks are.” (Ralph Reed, MSNBC, January 21, 2004).
- Just a year later, Reed was telling Georgia voters that “I am opposed to amnesty in any form whatsoever.” (Ralph Reed, Christian Coalition Forum, February 19, 2005).
State Sen. Casey Cagle -- Reed's opponent in the July GOP primary for lieutenant governor of Georgia -- must be laughing himself silly, now that even Salon.com (you have to watch an ad to see the whole story) has finally figured out the transparent fraud that is the Reed campaign:
Reed has been weathering a blizzard of revelations about his partnership with the convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Prominent state Republicans have called for him to drop out of the race before the April 28 filing deadline. A recent poll showed that his candidacy might even hurt other Republicans, like Gov. Sonny Perdue, who are on the ticket in November. Matt Towery, a pollster who is a former aide to Newt Gingrich, said the Democrats could easily skewer Reed with an ad campaign. "He could just be tattooed by the Democrats with paid media," Towery explained. "Most people in this state don't know who Ralph Reed is."(Rod Stewart's lawyers are no doubt preparing a defamation suit.)
In person, Reed, 44, doesn't look anything like a rock star. If it were not for his boots, his tie and the folded four-cornered handkerchief in his sport coat, the Rod Stewart of Southern politics could easily be mistaken for a gangly teenager. He stands about four-fifths the size of a full-grown man, with a doll's nose, bronzed skin and a wide smile. He can easily disappear in a crowd. But when he speaks, he can also command the room, instantly transforming himself from a choirboy to a statesman, the NASCAR fan's Bill Clinton.
The smart money in Georgia is on Cagle, who is free to raise lots of smart money, now that the General Assembly has ended its session.
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