As unbelievable as it seems, despite all his asocial and illegal activity, the Christian Coalition's founding demon has an even shot at Georgia lieutenant governor. The current issue of The Nation has all the scary details.
Anyone with the slightest contact with reality could have assumed that Reed's disgraces would ensure that he would only get the handful of extreme outliers voting for him. At the basest level, it should be enough that he used his own and other self-identified Christian political organizations in the guise of halting new casinos. Actually, he was very knowingly working with sleazy lobbyist Jack Abramoff. They took Native American casino millions to stymie the efforts of others to compete. In fact, they were bolstering the health of casinos and furthering gambling. All the while, Reed lied to his fellow nominal Christians for years, using their money and manipulating their supporters for time and cash.
Former buddies, like Pat Robertson has distanced themselves. Also, the vast majority of Georgia Republican legislators have demanded that Reed withdraw from the campaign. Not this guy.
Astonishingly, he may slime his way into office. As the article puts it:
Delay delayed his demise, but eventually backed down. We sincerely doubt that he will ever accept responsibility for his dirty dealings. Likewise, win or lose this fall, Reed may not utter and may never have uttered the phrases, "I'm sorry," "I was wrong," or "I lied." If The Nation is right about his core voters, he may never have to do so.
The miraculous news from Georgia is that Ralph Reed still has a decent shot at getting himself elected lieutenant governor. His Republican primary opponent, State Senator Casey Cagle, continues to trail in the polls--though just barely--after a full year of sensational revelations that would have long since demolished most politicians' chances. "Reed has to figure, if he's still competitive in the race, after all that's already come out, he's got a good chance to win," says Wilcox.If he does pull it off, it will mostly be a tribute to the persistence of evangelicals' "see no evil" attitude toward their political leaders.