What a relief it was to pick up my New York Times this Sunday and see that Damien really is back in town. I thought I’d spotted him at the Republican convention, felt sure I’d caught a whiff of sulfur when he passed, found myself swarmed by his usual entourage of flies. It would have been hard to miss him, since he was wearing a pink tie and a green plaid jacket at the time.
Yet I told myself I must be hallucinating under the relentless Tampa sun. Surely there was no way even today’s Republican party could have welcomed the Antichrist—a k a Ralph Reed—back into the ranks just six years after he imploded so spectacularly amid the Jack Abramoff scandals.
Reed, whose “preternaturally youthful” appearance, as the Times described it, still makes you think he must have “666” etched just above his brow line, got his start in the first heady days of the Reagan administration, when he was one member of what was known as the “triumvirate,” running the College Republican National Committee (CRNC), along with Mr. Abramoff and Grover Norquist.
The Times reports on the fundraiser that brought Rudy Giuliani and Ralph Reed together.
John Faso pushes back against GOP rivals, reports the Albany Times Union.
The Daily News reports that Hillary is polling at 24% among Republicans.
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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.
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The Sun reports that Roger Green doesn’t want voters to hold his ethics violations against him in his run for congress.
The Daily News reports that Tony Avella is looking at running for mayor in 2009; and Rudy Giuliani believes he has common ground with Ralph Reed.
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As the rhetoric of the radical right turns shrill and even violent, the stunning moral emptiness of its leadership can no longer be ignored. Pious politicians and political preachers may hope to divert attention from their disgrace by threatening judges or denouncing the media. But what has emerged from the scandals surrounding House Majority Leader Read More