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Ralph Reed Will Use Every Trick In The Math Book To Defeat Obama

Ralphreed"Ralph Reed is clearly relishing his revival." Those words, the first in a New York Times article about the evangelical operative's rise from the political ashes, should strike fear in anyone who remembers how Reed shaped the family values voting bloc that brought us the Christian Coalition and President George W. Bush.

Those who appreciate right wing fear mongering and exclusionary politics, meanwhile, will celebrate the news that Reed is now deeply ingrained in GOP efforts to elect Mitt Romney - or unseat President Obama, whichever comes first. And, yes, those efforts include Reed exploiting marriage equality debates and economic uncertainty.

In addition to its presidential election turnout campaign, the group plans to focus on two state ballot measures: a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Minnesota and an effort to recall an Iowa Supreme Court justice who voted to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

Mr. Reed and his allies agree that social issues alone will not turn the election.

Same-sex marriage, for instance, “doesn’t raise the temperature of the bulk of the Catholic Mass-going voters,” said Mr. Hudson, adding that while it was still a concern, "attitudes about homosexuals have changed so much over the last several years."

So the group plans to pair its social message with a broader economic one. The president’s health care overhaul will be depicted as both big government spending and an assault on religious liberty; the law mandates that employees of organizations affiliated with religions, like hospitals, universities and charities, be able to obtain free contraception through their health care plans.

As for the turnout campaign mentioned at the beginning of that excerpt, Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition has amassed a list of about 17 million GOP-leaning religious voters.

This list came from mining Megachurch rosters, examining DMV registries for pick up truck owner and studying the people who downloaded Sarah Palin's Going Rogue and other conservative reading materials. Also, by their own admission, they also look for married folk who live in homes worth more than $100,000, because you gotta have math.

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  1. Reed is a crook and a charlatan. But to some people who surrender their thinking to the certainty peddled by corrupt religious leaders who push answers to their needs, it is easier to accept the pablum of a crook than to deal with the uncertainties of life. After all, to people who believe in a sadistic god whose behavior is jealous, erratic, dysfunctional, demanding of total devotion (perhaps like their alcoholic fathers or abused mothers), it is easier to believe in a demanding, sadistic, greedy, dysfunctional religious leader who tells them what to think and to do than it is to work their way out of the dysfunction in which they were raised.

    Posted by: john patrick | Sep 23, 2012 9:48:01 AM

  2. Well put-John Patrick. You are absolutely correct.
    Ralph Reed epitomizes everything evil about faux-Christian "leaders" and the dogma they spew.
    He is at the end -a thief and a liar.

    Posted by: nick | Sep 23, 2012 9:57:46 AM

  3. Someone needs to explain to the GOP that they are becoming more and more irrelevant with each passing day. They've alienated the hispancs, the gays, women and just about everybody under the age of 40. Their base of scared, old, white men is slowly dying off. They're making big assumptions that the population at large is bothered by gay marriage or the new Affordable Healthcare Act. In fact, their archaic beliefs are only hurting them because the younger generation (tomorrow's voters) overwhelmingly support marriage equality. The GOP is still stuck in the 1950's and guess what? Things have changed since then! If they don't change with the times they're not going to be around for much longer, which is fine by me because they are full of mean-spirited bigots and haters. Good riddance to them.

    Posted by: shle896shle | Sep 23, 2012 10:02:34 AM

  4. RR used to have a simpering baby-face look. He's maturing now, and looks more like the pre-facelift David Duke.

    That's a demonstration of the old principles of physiognomy: outer appearance reveals the inner being.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Sep 23, 2012 10:17:02 AM

  5. Geez, every single time there's a picture attached to an article about some raging homophobe, my first gut reaction is always, "so who is the gay guy in the picture?"

    Posted by: Michael | Sep 23, 2012 10:24:13 AM

  6. I really doubt his maths skills if he learnt it from the Church, a historically known institution for discouraging science and technology and to an extent that there was a time when they condemned the use of Hindu-Arabic (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, ... 9) numerals by calling it the work of the Devil. Duh!

    Posted by: Pommie | Sep 23, 2012 10:37:11 AM

  7. I wonder how many lesbians are on those DMV list of pickup owners?

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 23, 2012 10:39:35 AM

  8. I wonder how many lesbians are on those DMV list of pickup owners?

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 23, 2012 10:39:36 AM

  9. In case you had forgotten how crooked Reed and Grover Norquist - tax cut hostage-taker - here's Wiki on fellow crook Jack Abramoff's cozy relationship with them. Hey GOP: "Sleep with dogs, wake up with fleas" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Abramoff_Indian_lobbying_scandal#Ralph_Reed_and_Grover_Norquist

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Sep 23, 2012 10:46:10 AM

  10. @ Mike, LOL, probably as many as there are gay men who think driving a truck makes them look butch. Counting on pickup truck owners shows just how out of touch he is, but I still wouldn't underestimate him and his ilk, they have always been good at churning up the votes.

    Posted by: Kenneth | Sep 23, 2012 10:47:57 AM

  11. I know it would be shameful, but when is someone finally going to take one for the team and admit getting a bj from this nancy boy so we can be done with him?

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Sep 23, 2012 11:20:49 AM

  12. How did he avoid prison?

    Posted by: anon | Sep 23, 2012 12:14:45 PM

  13. This idiot, bigot, hatemonger is from my hometown of Toccoa. He is so hated by everyone there (including his late grandmother, who said this of him: Ralph was always sneaky and up to something. You never could trust him.), except his parents. He was just as despicable in high school as he is now. The running joke in Toccoa is that he is the anti-Christ. If the vast majority of people there -- who know him better than anyone -- feel that way about him, then that should tell you something.

    Posted by: Michael | Sep 23, 2012 12:38:20 PM

  14. The problem that Ralph Reed faces, just as does Karl Rove, is that enough of the American public is now aware of their manipulations and distortions of truth, and excessive greed and lust for power and money, that their power and influence are greatly diminished. As swing state polls show, their "brand" no longer has much of an impact on swing voters and independents. The math is going to be on our side for quite some time. The equation Reed should really pay attention to -- thousands of their adherents die every day, while on our side new ones are born and become qualified to vote by the thousands as well.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Sep 23, 2012 1:04:56 PM

  15. The dude is definitely a closet case! That's why all the hatred! He projects self-hatred in everything he stands for! And yes he and his party are become irrelevant each day! And I would love for someone to come forward with a sexcapade with Reed! I know there are some out there!

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 23, 2012 1:14:29 PM

  16. My parents are among the "GOP-leaning" voters they have targeted with endless fundraising calls in Minnesota. The problem is that even though my folks are white, over 65, own their home and are above middle-class they have been life-long Democrats. I'd take his 17 million number with a big grain of salt.

    Posted by: e.c. | Sep 23, 2012 1:18:43 PM

  17. Didn't the Nazis use every trick in the book to try and take over the world? This guy looks like one of them.

    Posted by: bob | Sep 23, 2012 1:31:36 PM

  18. @Bob: Remember that according to the Religious Right, *we* are the Nazis. Some even go so far to say *they* are Dietrich Bonhoeffer. For me, that's near blasphemy.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 23, 2012 1:35:10 PM

  19. Isn't anyone else troubled by the tactics used to bulld this list? Church rosters, DMV database, what people download. How does one access a DMV database and is it legal? Who is giving them the book downloading information. I mean, I would be troubled if my private information is that easy to access by anyone, especially from the DMV! BTW just because you drive a truck does not mean you are some right wing conservative GOP'er. They really believe in all the stereotypes, don't they?!

    Posted by: MATHMAJOR | Sep 23, 2012 1:40:47 PM

  20. More like the right hand of satan.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 23, 2012 1:41:41 PM

  21. So, Christian enough to work to ban gays from marrying, but not Christian enough to seek to actually provide aid to the poor, the homeless, the hungry, the sick, the dying, the elderly?

    ban gays, but keep guns on the streets, wars overseas, and make damn sure that poor people can't afford medical treatment.


    if that Christ figure these people to worship ever came back to earth He would spit all over the republican party and the vast majority of His self-proclaimed Followers.

    Dear 2012 Republicans, you're the exact opposite of this biblical figure you cant' stop talking about.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 23, 2012 1:46:25 PM

  22. Superstition is their addiction of religious-choice. They are so afraid of us (GayLandIs, the world's GLBTQ people), their lashing-out is the modern version of throwing virgins in volvanoes to appease their gods. Please don't reciprocate their hate, they take it out on MY GAY ASS.

    Posted by: Clayton Winton | Sep 23, 2012 1:54:22 PM

  23. "Revival"

    B*tch, please.

    Ralphie Boy had the ear of G.W.Bush because he fooled Shrub Jr. into thinking he had a direct line to God.

    Unfortunately for Reed, neither Obama nor Romney have need for the sniveling little Bible-thumping twerp. He should just go away and get back to being Marcus Bachmann's little bottom b*tch.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Sep 23, 2012 2:38:02 PM

  24. The first time I ever saw RR's picture it was on the cover of Time (or Newsweek, but I'm leaning towards Time), I thought - this is the face of the Anti-Christ. If anything, he has grown further into this depiction. He has the scariest cherubic face I have ever seen.

    Posted by: jhr459 | Sep 23, 2012 3:06:34 PM

  25. Sure, Reed was succesful in building the Christian Coalition back in the 80s, but then it floundered and never recovered. Yes, the religious right is very strong in many parts of the country, but it is no longer rising -- and in fact is losing people.

    The strategies that worked 30 years ago are not necessarily going to work again. The world is a different place, as even Reed himself admits.

    I don't see anything in this plan that he can or desires to expand the number of people who agree with his agenda. Rather, he is just trying to organize the ones who are still there.

    He's no longer catching a rising tide, but just the opposite, trying to keep the running out tide from running out so fast. Not an easy task.

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 23, 2012 3:11:15 PM

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