Rudy and Ralph 4-Ever

Maybe Rudy Giuliani just really likes the former Christian Coalition boy-wonder Ralph Reed, finds him the kind of affable guy with whom he can share a cold beer and a chat about “values.” Or maybe he had 2008 in mind when he endorsed Reed’s bid for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia earlier today.

“You can count me as a friend and supporter, someone who will do anything I can to get you elected,” Giuliani told Reed during a well-publicized fundraiser. (Check out this AP description of the event for further details.)

Giuliani’s support for gay rights, gun control, and abortion, to say nothing of his three marriages, could give him trouble with the GOP’s evangelical base should he choose to make a run for the White House in 2008, so his decision to hoof it to Georgia to endorse Reed is a potentially shrewd, if transparent, move. And Reed could certainly use the help of America’s mayor right now, as his campaign battles reports of his chummy working relationship with lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

So it’s a perfect political marriage — almost as cozy as John McCain’s newfound romance with evangelical powerhouse Jerry Falwell.

– Lizzy Ratner