Yes he really looks quite religious, he’s been an outlaw all his life

There was an NYT article a few weeks ago on the triumphant return of Ralph Reed:

At the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla., he was sought after by party luminaries and afforded the ultimate status accommodation, a room in the same hotel as Mitt Romney. And soon he plans to unleash a sophisticated, microtargeted get-out-the-evangelical-vote operation that he believes could nudge open a margin of victory if Mr. Romney can keep the race close.

What is this sophisticated operation (via)?

That Faith and Freedom Coalition mailer also included 10 more pages of inflammatory, debunked, and malicious rhetoric, a right-wing grab bag of Obama hatred. In this letter to potential voters, Reed claims that Obama wants an America where “government bureaucrats micromanage every aspect of your life,” the taxman “seizes most of what you earn,” and death panels—yes, those fictional death panels—determine whether you live or die. Reed insists that Obama will destroy capitalism and replace it with “Socialistic economic theories.”

Here’s the most inflammatory line: If Obama wins reelection, “he can complete America’s destruction.” This warning, naturally, is presented in bold print.

If it all works, he’ll be feted by all the right people on the Sunday morning shows.

Dennis G had a good run-down on Reed’s various past criminal activities.

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  1. 1
    PreservedKillick says:

    Romney should be hating this stuff. All this BS has basically inured the electorate to his BS.

    I mean, the guy can’t even lie effectively, that has to be a new and frustrating experience for him.

  2. 2
    jwb says:

    Why does it seem like conservatives are just not very good at this stuff any more? On the other hand, PPP polls in OH and NC show that well over 70% of GOP voters are willing to tell the pollster that they think the polls are skewed, so who knows, maybe it really does work for the 27%.

  3. 3
    PeakVT says:

    … “[Obama] can complete America’s destruction.”

    I said the same thing about Bush in 2004. I wasn’t right, but I was a heck of a lot closer to the truth.

  4. 4
    SenyorDave says:

    I believe in a form of heaven and hell, and there aren’t many people I can safely say this about but Ralph Reed is going directly to hell.

  5. 5
    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    No one could have anticipated that purging their party of anyone who didn’t sing hosannas to the notions of the Tea Baggers would leave the Republicans with a deficit of both talent and ideas.

  6. 6
    J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford says:

    What I love the most about Ralph Reed is that he’s a Christian and his mailer which included 10 more pages of inflammatory, debunked, and malicious rhetoric, a right-wing grab bag of Obama hatred was designed to appeal to other Christians.

    I guess the bearing false witness commandment no longer applies.

  7. 7
    rlrr says:

    Apparently Reed thinks the Ninth Commandment is more of suggestion.

  8. 8
    Linda Featheringill says:

    Ralphie and his minions better get with it if they hope to influence this election.

    I don’t see this stuff influencing people who aren’t already securely Republican. It might persuade some lethargic folks to go out and vote. But that’s about it.

    Reed? Well, he’s been a bad person for a long, long time. He should have been struck by lightning many years ago.

  9. 9
    Strandedvandal says:

    Last throes of a dying regime? Is this what Dick “Kaboom” Cheney was talking about?

  10. 10

    I blame this on the ancient Romans. They should have had better and hungrier lions.

  11. 11
    Punchy says:

    Who the fuck reads a 10-page mailer?

  12. 12
    danimal says:

    It seems that Manichean Monsters are usually not Metrosexual, but what do I know? It also seems like nice-looking, respectable Christian leaders wouldn’t have the same morals as a grifting con-man, but Ralph Reed has shown that it is possible.

  13. 13
    Lurking Canadian says:

    @rlrr: Extremism in defense of blah, blah, blah et cetera.

  14. 14
    rlrr says:

    @Punchy:

    Shut ins with no internet access.

  15. 15
    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @Strandedvandal:
    Nevah happen. They have 27% of the vote no matter what and in their delusional world all that they need to is to go more to the right and PROFIT!

  16. 16
    Ash Can says:

    Reed’s a career criminal. Why would he stop now? Getting right-wing rubes riled up under the guise of religion is right up his alley. He’ll make a killing, then move on to his next mark.

  17. 17
    Culture of Truth says:

    When did ‘socialist’ become ‘socialistic’? When the ‘forecast’ became the ‘futurecast’?

  18. 18
    Jay in Oregon says:

    Fred Clark over at Slacktivist has a related story:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/s.....idiculous/

    Before the 2008 election, Focus on the Family warned real, true Christians against voting for Barack Obama. The religious right group published a colorful “Letter From 2012 in Obama’s America.” It contained 34 specific predictions for what would become of America by October of 2012 (i.e., now). Libby Anne digs out a copy of that letter and examines each prediction. The result is hilarious and devastating.

  19. 19
    peach flavored shampoo says:

    the ultimate status accommodation, a room in the same hotel as Mitt Romney.

    So “ultimate status” is not rooming with Romney, not having cojoined rooms with Willy, but merely getting one of probably 300-500 rooms in the same building as the former governor?

    Whooooooaah nelly. Nice party ya got there.

  20. 20
    Chris says:

    That Faith and Freedom Coalition mailer also included 10 more pages of inflammatory, debunked, and malicious rhetoric, a right-wing grab bag of Obama hatred. In this letter to potential voters, Reed claims that Obama wants an America where “government bureaucrats micromanage every aspect of your life,” the taxman “seizes most of what you earn,” and death panels—yes, those fictional death panels—determine whether you live or die. Reed insists that Obama will destroy capitalism and replace it with “Socialistic economic theories.”

    Here’s the most inflammatory line: If Obama wins reelection, “he can complete America’s destruction.” This warning, naturally, is presented in bold print.

    You’d think they’d get bored with this shit after a hundred years of peddling it – more to the point, you’d think at some point the regular people who support them would notice that it’s the hundredth time America’s destruction has been predicted and none of the first ninety nine times came true.

  21. 21
    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @Ash Can:

    Reed’s a career criminal. Why would he stop now? Getting right-wing rubes riled up under the guise of religion is right up his alley. He’ll make a killing, then move on to his next mark.

    For a party that asserts its business credentials the Rs certainly hire a lot of con men; Reed, Sproul, Dick Morris…

  22. 22
    El Cid says:

    @PeakVT: Hey, credit where it’s due: Bush Jr. (i.e., Cheney’s rep for all but the last 2 years) tried his best to end the Republic. And the story’s not done as to whether or not a death blow was dealt.

  23. 23
    hueyplong says:

    Look, SOMEONE’S gotta buy all that gold.

  24. 24
    SatanicPanic says:

    @J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford: IIRC there’s an evangelical doctrine that it’s OK to lie to non-believers for the right reasons. Or is that the Mormons?

  25. 25
    Chris says:

    @J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford:

    Running through the list of commandments here –

    No idolatry. Yeah, given the worship of money, of The Party and even the nationalism, I think it’s safe to say they let that one go.

    Not taking the Lord’s name in vain. See the number of times they invoke his name as shorthand for “shut up that’s why.”

    Keeping the sabbath. Leave it up to them and I don’t think most employees would get even one day a week off. Efficiency, you know.

    Honoring your father. Romney and Bush at least seem to have blown that one.

    The rules against killing. Heh.

    The rules against stealing. HEH.

    The rules against coveting your neighbor’s shit. HEH!

    That leaves adultery. Probably the only commandment they give a shit about, and only when it’s the woman.

  26. 26
    Chris says:

    @SatanicPanic:

    I mostly hear that as a distortion of a Muslim belief which fundies use to say “we can’t trust the bastards.” But I do remember hearing something like that about Mormons too. Don’t know about fundiegelicals.

  27. 27
    SatanicPanic says:

    @Chris: As a (former) Catholic I remember being told we didn’t have to volunteer the truth, but we were forbidden to lie. Which is maybe how they could justify not reporting all those molester priests.

  28. 28
    jimmiraybob says:

    @Punchy:

    Who the fuck reads a 10-page mailer?

    That’s why they provide an easy to identify executive summary up front:

    “he can complete America’s destruction.” This warning, naturally, is presented in bold print.

    After that, the 10 additional pages provide argument by shear volume. Like the wingnut cry of “but it has voluminous end notes!” Ergo, the thesis presented on page one is soundly supported. A real time saver.

  29. 29
    GregB says:

    Anxiously awaiting a David Gregory fluff-job on this faux-religious-fascist-charlatan.

    Reed should be invited on shows long enough to have a cup of coffee thrown in his face and then kicked in the ass on his way out the door.

    I mean this metaphorically.

  30. 30
    Butch says:

    I know the point has been made over and over again, but what does it take to actually become a disgraced political figure in this country?

  31. 31
    SatanicPanic says:

    @Butch:

    what does it take to actually become a disgraced political figure in this country

    (D)

  32. 32
    Culture of Truth says:

    In the Meet The Press rolodex, is Reed under C” for ‘Christian’ or ‘Criminal’ ??

  33. 33
    Yutsano says:

    @J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford: This is modern Christianity after all. Who cares what that hippie Jeebus said?

  34. 34
    Violet says:

    I suppose this might be a good place for this: http://bcove.me/7k78ccmc. Someone sent it to me. It’s a link to a video for some sort of series on “Truth, Lies and America Today: How to vote for a President” at Second Baptist Church in the Houston, TX area.

    So much for that separation of church and state. Hard to be more blatant than that. “Come to our church and we’ll tell you how to vote.”

  35. 35
    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @Butch:

    Republicans never become disgraced political figures because each of them is equipped with an aerosol can of forgiveness.

  36. 36
    MattF says:

    @Chris: Well, and then there’s the Jesus stuff. Personally, I put all that into the ‘Inscrutable Gentiles’ folder.

  37. 37
    Comrade Mary says:

    Speaking of religious freedom, I found this link and comment from Pierce’s commentary on the PA law:

    I am starting to get the impression that judges around the country are getting fed up with the overwhelming triviality with which our politics have come to deal with the very real problems that the country has. First, last week, in Missouri, a federal judge — appointed, you will note, by Poppy Bush — threw out the phony freedom-of-religion challenge to the Affordable Care Act, and gave everybody a lesson in basic don’t-bring-that-weakass-shit-in-here jurisprudence while doing so….

    The burden of which plaintiffs complain is that funds, which plaintiffs will contribute to a group health plan, might, after a series of independent decisions by health care providers and patients covered by [an employer’s health] plan, subsidize someone else’s participation in an activity that is condemned by plaintiffs’ religion…. [Federal religious freedom law] is a shield, not a sword. It protects individuals from substantial burdens on religious exercise that occur when the government coerces action one’s religion forbids, or forbids action one’s religion requires; it is not a means to force one’s religious practices upon others. [It] does not protect against the slight burden on religious exercise that arises when one’s money circuitously flows to support the conduct of other free-exercise-wielding individuals who hold religious beliefs that differ from one’s own….

    In other words, Mr. Catholic Mining Company Owner, your Presbyterian janitor doesn’t have to live under rules for sexytime devised by Pope Paul VI and some other long-deceased celibates.

  38. 38
    The Thin Black Duke says:

    @Butch: Be a Democrat.

    (Too slow, damn it.)

  39. 39
    jimmiraybob says:

    @SatanicPanic:

    As a (former) Catholic I remember being told we didn’t have to volunteer the truth…

    I seem to remember some distant, early-childhood Catholic suggestion of lying being committed via both commission and omission. Of course, what I found out early regarding the church is that all rules, regulations, bible passages and commandments (so on and so forth, etc., and also too) are subject to amendment based on immediately pressing concerns.

  40. 40
    Chris says:

    @Butch:

    SP beat me to it. Actually, I’d amend the (D) to simply read “non conservative.” If Nixon had really been One Of Them instead of an EPA-creating, welfare-expanding, UHC-proposing Keynesian, I remain convinced that they would have worked much harder, maybe not to save him, but at least to redeem him after the fact (like they do with that incessant “McCarthy was right” shit).

    Also I was raised Catholic too, I don’t remember being taught that exact thing, but you’re right that a lot of priests probably used that rule to justify themselves.

  41. 41

    Wow, that’s some amazing copy. This guy is a day-glo sign away from becoming the next Fred Phelps. And we all know how seriously he’s taken nowadays.

    Hey GOP: by all means guys, invite the crazy in, let them make themselves at home, see how that works out for you.

  42. 42
    👽 Martin says:

    @SatanicPanic: Every religion has that loophole somewhere.

  43. 43
    Butch says:

    @Chris: To Chris and the other folks who responded – I shoulda thought of that myself. You’re right.

  44. 44
    1badbaba3 says:

    If I am the first to get the post title reference, is it evidence of a mis-spent youth, or do I win cash and prizes? Let’s ask our judges the Glimmer Twins and their good friend Nanker Phelge.

  45. 45
    DFH no.6 says:

    As someone said a long time ago, the poor we have with us always.

    Apparently the hypocrites and Pharisees, also, too (or wolves in sheep’s clothing, if you prefer metaphors).

    Evil grifting fascist motherfucker Ralph Reed is as much an atheist as I am (and I am as certain as I am about anything that there is, unfortunately, no god).

    I hate the bastard as much as I hate anyone I’ve never met.

  46. 46
    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    @Comrade Mary:

    last week, in Missouri, a federal judge — appointed, you will note, by Poppy Bush — threw out the phony freedom-of-religion challenge to the Affordable Care Act, and gave everybody a lesson in basic don’t-bring-that-weakass-shit-in-here jurisprudence while doing so

    The establishment Republicans of the Reagan/GHB era really are nowhere to be found in today’s political landscape. Their influence shrank until it was small enough to drown them in a teapot.

  47. 47

    Back when you could still joke about bullets, I used to joke that you could fix our politics with five bullets.

    But then Andrew Breitbart died of natural causes (ie Chardonnay and heart failure).

    Ralph Reed, however, still lives.

  48. 48
    👽 Martin says:

    @ThatLeftTurnInABQ: Yeah, if that was a true conservative judge, like Scalia, he would have drawn a parallel between providing birth control and a federal mandate to stuff vegetables in your cooter, and then ruled against President Usurper, because brussel sprouts.

  49. 49
    SatanicPanic says:

    @jimmiraybob: That’s right, but I don’t remember getting far enough along to really get into the details. I just remember being given the example of Nazis showing up your town, and you’ve got Jews hiding in your basement, it’s OK to be evasive.

    They never got around to telling us if you could lie about politicians in order to lower your rich uncle’s tax rate

  50. 50
    Anoniminous says:

    Grifter sends PANIC! to fearful people to spread fear and PANIC!

    yawn

    I’ve seen this movie.

  51. 51
    SatanicPanic says:

    @👽 Martin: You could drive an 18-wheeler through the loophole some of these people have erected. Or should I say, you could drive your camel through the eye of that needle.

  52. 52
    Chris says:

    @Judas Escargot, Acerbic Prophet of the Mighty Potato God:

    Any bullet fix that doesn’t involve killing the entire membership of PJMedia is going to fall short in my book.

  53. 53
    Suffern ACE says:

    @SatanicPanic: That sounds like what the Evangelicals screech about the Muslims.

  54. 54
    piratedan says:

    @Jay in Oregon: ty, great link! Nothing like holding the doom and gloomers accountable for their claims…. if that’s what they really believed and we show them the reality, they can choose to ignore if the wish, but in the end they’ll simply end up as monster shouters.

  55. 55
    Metrosexual Manichean Monster DougJ says:

    @1badbaba3:

    You win the prize!

    Thanks for getting it. Great song, no?

  56. 56
    Jay C says:

    @Chris:

    that it’s the hundredth time America’s destruction has been predicted and none of the first ninety nine times came true.

    Heh. Dick Cheney’s “1% Doctrine” in action….

  57. 57
    amk says:

    @Jay in Oregon: A delightful read. Tweeted.

  58. 58
    catclub says:

    @ThatLeftTurnInABQ: “Reagan/GHB”

    Isn’t GHB a rape drug?

  59. 59
    1badbaba3 says:

    @Metrosexual Manichean Monster DougJ: Indeed. Off my favorite Stones album. Stray Cat Blues is awesome too. It’s funny, a few days before you posted the Elvis lyric I had listened to My Aim Is True for the first time in decades. Now you post some of my favorite Stones. It almost makes me overlook the recent Men At Work wank.

    But seriously, folks…

    Love it. Keep it coming. And I don’t think of you as particularly monstrous, at least not in that way.

    Also too: motherfuck Ralph Reed.

  60. 60
    Bruce S says:

    Phone # of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

    678-869-0227

  61. 61
    gbear says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:

    Republicans never become disgraced political figures because each of them is equipped with an aerosol can of forgiveness.

    …and a bag to huff the fumes.

  62. 62
    PurpleGirl says:

    @Ash Can: One change — Reed keeps going back to same marks again and again. They’ve given him money once and they’ll give him money again because “he’s fighting the god fight”. Even though the fight is only their heads.

  63. 63
    PurpleGirl says:

    @PurpleGirl: “he’s fighting the god fight”.

    I meant that to be “the good fight” but looking at it now, “God fight” is better and more accurate.

  64. 64
    Opie_jeanne says:

    @SatanicPanic: It’s a Mormon practice.

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    opie_jeanne says:

    @Opie_jeanne: It’s called “Lying for the Lord”.

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