Last week brought good news and bad news when it comes to the professional corruptionists of Washington DC.
First the good news. Super corruptionist Ralph Reed decided not to run for Congress in Georgia. This is only good news because the weak minded Republicans of Georgia might have elected the corrupt son of a bitch.
Instead of running for office, Ralph has decide to follow the lead of his big brother Grover Norquist and establish his role as a Republican Party ‘King-maker’. Ralph will have a hand in 2010 election, but he is making his big play for 2012 and the Republican candidate for the White House.
As Ralph told the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
I had to decide. I was either going to help put 50 to 100 people like me in the U.S. Senate, Congress and state houses, or I was going to spend the next eight or nine months focusing solely on me…
And that is why he was in Iowa this week.
Ralph’s words remind me of when Grover said that what Washington needed was 50 Jack Abramoffs, but I digress.
Reed went to Iowa this week to an event to fluff long-time Team Abramoff member (and canine fetishist) Rick Santorum–when Abramoff was just starting out his lobbying career back in the mid-nineties one of the first things he did was help Santorum out with raising money and Rick was on Jack’s speed dial ever since.
On the trip for Santorum, Reed announced the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition. It is Ralph’s effort to capture politics in Iowa, claiming that if he could raise $500,000 he could change Iowa politics forever. According to a conservative rag he hyped the effort by saying (emphasis added):
“We need to raise about a half a million dollars to execute that program,” he said. [snip]
“Tonight, when you give, we’re not a PAC and we’re not a candidate,” he said. “Therefore, there is no limit to what you give here tonight. Isn’t that exciting?” [snip]
“We’re not going to leave the express advocacy during an election to the radical left, MoveOn.org and labor unions anymore,” he said. “We’re going to do it, and we’re going to get people who share our values elected to office, from governor all the way down to the statehouse and school boards all across the state of Iowa.”
Naturally, Ralph asked for cash (it is harder to track and it can be collected in buckets). I’ve been following the career of this weasel for years and it is always amazing how little his basic scam changes. He always tells the rubes what they want to hear and then steals their money.
It is amazing to see a grifter like Reed running the same scam that he has run since the eighties yet again. Folks who give Reed money would be wiser giving it to one of those Nigerian emails of a few years ago (or tossing cash out of their car windows as they drive), but fools and their money are easily parted. That is why grifters like Ralph are always in the money and why the Modern Conservative movement survives failure after failure–a sucker really is born every minute.
In the coming months, thousands of Republican grifters like Ralph will be seeking off-the-books financing set free by the radical Roberts SCOTUS to fuck up our Nation. They should be in jail for their crimes, but thanks to a corrupt Bush DOJ and a very lazy Congress, most of the corruptionists who worked with Abramoff have never been brought to justice.
I guess when Jack gets out of prison he’ll have a steady job with Grover, Ralph or the RNC.
Corruption and theft are the only consistent elements of the modern conservative movement. This is why corruptionists like Reed, Norquist and Abramoff will always find new ways to get paid.
I can only hope that folks in Iowa get wise to the scam. I hope the folks there wake up to this scam and react to it in an “old school” way. That would be sweet and FYI, I would pay good money to see these fuckers tarred and feathered at the Iowa State Fair.