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McCain's Reed Fundraiser Takes Him Full Circle

Ralph Reed. (AP/Ric Feld)

By Al Kamen
The McCain campaign has long been concerned about whether conservative Christian voters would fall in line this fall. But last week Ralph Reed, the first executive editor of the Christian Coalition and an unsuccessful 2006 candidate for Georgia lieutenant governor, invited well-heeled folks to a "very special event" -- that means a fundraiser -- for McCain in downtown Atlanta on August 18.

Reed, whose campaign was torpedoed by his affiliation with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, noted he's also agreed to serve as a member of the McCain Victory 2008 Team, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

"John McCain believes in a strong national defense," Reed wrote, and that "tax cuts work best when tied to spending restraint. He has a 26-year pro-life voting record and has pledged to appoint conservative judges" to the bench.

The oddity here is that much of the information about the Abramoff-Reed relationship was uncovered in an investigation by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, chaired by John McCain.

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 12, 2008; 3:58 PM ET
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McCain's association with anti-abortionist bigot Ralph Reed fits perfectly with his management by the Karl Rove team of the Big Lie and Smear. These handlers have muzzled McCain so he can no longer make a fool of himself in front of reporters on his bus. They have cut way back on his favorite platform, the Town Hall, because he can't answer the questions. Having Reed on board cements him with the religious right and provides another reactionary mouthpiece for his ugly campaign. Maverick? Straight-talker? - what a joke! He is nothing more than addled old hack who has turned over his campaign to the worst elements in US politics. Why? Because he is incompetent.

Posted by: jefflz | August 15, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Well JakeD, thanks for the idea, I'll keeping making fun of McCain as a Prisoner of War - and you keep blowing those dead monkeys or whatever it is you trolls do in your off hours.

See, I'm just a realist. There he was in the cage, nothing but hot, sweaty young guys all around him, I'm just saying......

And as for needing to find someone new to hate by January 20, 2009, I think you've removed that challenge.

Posted by: Jerry w | August 13, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

hey jakeD post some more,let's see how many times you could post on 8/13/08.
I'm waiting!! vote for Ralphee baby he could help somehow

Posted by: not JakeD | August 13, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't the whole disaster of a Bush administration brought to you by the Reed's so-called 'Christian' coalition? Wasn't Reed a Rove-recommended, Enron consultant who worked hand in hand with Jack Abramoff for years stealing money from Native Americans?

Go ahead Senator McCain, my friend. Tell us how very different you are from the spoiled Bush-child and his corrupt handlers.

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 13, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Ralph Reed is back. I thought that little serpent had slithered away after one scandal too many. Unfortunately, I was wrong.

Posted by: Jay | August 13, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

I contributed money to McCain's campaign in 2000. McCain 2008 is not the same man.

Posted by: billp | August 13, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the voracity of the comments, this one sure seems like it will move the Lobbyists

Posted by: acarponzo | August 13, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

jerry w:

Please PLEASE keeping making fun of McCain as a Prisoner of War -- it could not get any better than that -- show up at the next Obama rally with your new slogan on a sign.

Posted by: JakeD | August 13, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

When McCain passes away, he'll need to be buried face down so the lobbyists and Ralph Reed's of the world can recognize him, I'm sure they'll all be knowing the ass they were kissing for so many years.

Also, a few of the prison guards from 'Nam may recognize his ass as well, but (no pun intended) for different reasons.

Posted by: jerry w | August 13, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse


You will need to find someone new to hate by January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD | August 13, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse


I believe Mr. Reed "scurried" from under the Eagle Scout, Methodist "rock".

Posted by: JakeD | August 13, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

At least the Obama campaign stayed away from charlatan disasters like George Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, and Larry Craig.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 13, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

At least the McCain campaign stayed away from charlatan disasters like Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, Larry Sinclair, and John Edwards ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 13, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

And what rock did Ralph Reed scurry out from under.

Getting soundly beaten in Georgia - the state not the "small democratic state" for Uncle John - must not have dashed his political ambitions too much!

Ask him the last time he sent his buddy Jack a card or a cake with a file in it.

As much a Mr. McCain rails against lobbyists and their money - he seems not to have any problem taking it!

Posted by: MacDaddy | August 13, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

What kind of campaign engages a charlatan disaster like Ralph Reed?

Posted by: edsbowlingshoe | August 13, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Ralph Reed? McCain is pleased to associate with Ralph Reed? THIS ALONE should have been more than enough to totally discredit John McCain and completely torpedo his "run" for the Presidency. The fact that McCain's affiliation with Ralph Reed is NOT on the FRONT PAGE of every newspaper and magazine, and NOT being broadcast on every news channel....this fact alone gives the lie to the foolish assertion that our media somehow has a "Liberal" bias! If the media truly DID have such a left-leaning bias, McCain's affiliation with Ralph Reed would be trumpeted all over the media.

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | August 13, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

"I choose grouchy and experienced."

Yea!!! Obama is hiw own biggest fan.

Posted by: Jeeves & JJ | August 13, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Maybe "John McCain believes in a strong national defense," but I'm not sure where he expects it to come from. He's been talking mighty tough to Putin lately for a guy whose troops are tied up indefinitely trying to "win" in Iraq.

Maybe Reed can pray for a strong national defense when he's finished praying for rain.

Posted by: DoTheMath | August 13, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

The so-called "Maverick" is nothing but a pampered political opportunist who's enjoyed a "grand" life thanks to his super-rich wife and her nine - yes, NINE - houses. No one should be surprised that he's cozying up to the corrupt and slimy Reed. Two peas in a pod.

Posted by: SpaceCat | August 13, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

McCain's claim to fame is how his moral compass hasn't gone awry despite many years in Washington. He claims freedom from the influence of special interest, yet is apparently happy to attend a function associated with the sleazy and politically radioactive Ralph Reed. "That's not change we can believe in!"

@ Cryos: I'll be eagerly looking for you on the WaPo boards after Obama wins the election.

Posted by: Piter | August 13, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

McCain is whoever the voters want him to be. He will probably need back surgery to mend the back which has bent in so many diverse directions in his 'straight talking' campaign......NOT!

That is the #1 reason why McCain cannot be elected. No one but him and his handlers know who he is or what he stands for other than whatever lie it is that he hopes will get him elected.

Lets face it folks. His only claim to fame is being raised as a child of privledge by a wealthy family. Flunking through the military academy and into an expensive U.S. fighter plane which he managed to get shot down in. War hero? Get over it. Just another snot nosed kid out having fun at the taxpayers expense and now he wants to ride it to the presidency. My how our standards have been eroded.

Better him and the other fighter plane jock bush steal a plane and fly off together into the sunset. They have done enough harm to this country already......

Posted by: Boll Jones | August 13, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

"if God was one of us, and was running for a President, not only would he be the biggest bleeding heart liberal democrat of all time"

I disagree. Most religions think god believes in personal responsibility so there is no way he could be a bleeding heart liberal democrat. Both parties are corrupt and have their own problems. The idealist eutopia religion is every bit as bad as any conservative religion when it comes to politics.

Posted by: Cryos | August 13, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Lol so it's "Franky" posting the same pathetic disinformation scare tactics on this thread. Just read his post to show that democrats use scare tactics every bit as much as republicans. All the clueless progressives on here who are wearing their heart on their sleeve are amusing. You might love a left wing radical candidate but Obama will lose because of the democratic party's inability to promote a decent moderate presidential candidate lol.

Posted by: Cryos | August 13, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Obama is arrogant and an empty shell. McCain is a grouchy well experienced and connected politition. I choose grouchy and experienced.

Posted by: Toonces | August 13, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Won't it be great if McCain picks a fellow wife-cheater as VP, that is on their second or third marriage? Then, we will have the ideal "all-wife-cheaters ticket" (and don't forget, McCain also divorced his first wife within months, and is an unstable and super-angry guy, so he gets extra points). This can serve as a great lesson to our kids that even the most terribly imperfect man in the world can become President. Ahem.

Posted by: Michael J | August 13, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

"whatever happened to tom delay?"

jack said ralph was greedier then him....

Posted by: jeff | August 13, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

We're in the summer reruns all right. Just as he did with John Hagee and Rod Parsley, McCain seeks and accepts Ralph Reed's endorsement, and then later denounces him, claiming he knew nothing about Abramoff. What a sleazy, lying scumbag.

Posted by: Tom J | August 13, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

McCain doesn't have an honest bone in his body, he will pander to anyone (Ralph Reed) if he thinks it help him fulfill his ultimate goal: King (President)

When we talk about the "Christian Right", we should know that these people who follow the likes of Falwell, Dobson, Wildmon, Phelps, and the rest are neither Christian nor right, and so should not be referred to as such. Likewise neither is it appropriate to refer to Regressive Conservatives as being "Right" when they so clearly are not.This is not rocket science, it's a no-brainer, and I trust that most people will get it, and that most Progressives, who are clearly sick and tired of being pushed around by the Rethugs, are eager for leadership with some backbone and a willingness to carry the fight to the enemy.I know I am.

Posted by: quit censoring | August 12, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Dig it. It is my considered opinion also that if God was one of us, and was running for a President, not only would he be the biggest bleeding heart liberal democrat of all time, but he'd get 75% of the Jewish vote and well less than half of the evangelicals in the South. They'd call Him a tree-hugger, a lover of blacks and Jews (as if that's a bad thing!), a pacifist who wants to wage class warfare on the free market system...

Posted by: JR, Boston | August 12, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Right or wrong Ralph Reed is not McCain. Sure many Republicans have committed illegal acts in past years but look at Edwards. Let him without sin cast the first stone at Reed.

Posted by: JakeD | August 12, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Jesus would completely repudiate these so called "Christians." He did not support, as the right wing GOP does, tax cuts to make the rich more wealthy, invasions of countries, militaristic foreign policies or wanting judges to weaken individual rights. Jesus also would be appalled by the GOP neglect of the poor, needy, those without health care, etc.

Were Jesus to return he would be rejected by the GOP neo-cons and right wingers for being too much for the needy and seeking peace in the world.

Posted by: Independent | August 12, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

This is one example of where having a ban on lobbyists would kill two birds with one stone. It would get rid of Ralph Reed the lobbyist and Ralph Reed. the unethical parasite who works against the interests of ordinary Americans. (I guess I was being redundant.)

In politics you have to deal with all sorts of people but to deal with someone who was a party to a crime that everyone knows about shows how much stench he is tolerant of.

Posted by: Gator-ron | August 12, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Reed or without Reed, the American people will elect the candidate that is more qualified for the office of the President of the USA. The qualifications that people are looking for in the US President include: the ability to make sound and independent decision--(NOT poll-driven) in time of crisis, seasoned wisdom, experience, visionary leadership, and of course a person who has actually sacrificed more in his life and in his service to this great country of the USA--the sacrifice which result, we are all enjoying and freely writing our own opinions (some of the opinions are so biased and unfounded that it makes one to wonder how in the world people could be so close minded to all the facts). So let me underscore here that any one of the two candidates who has the above mentioned qualities might win, because I believe that the silent majority of Americans (most of who are NOT represented in most polls), will eventually elect the more qualified candidate as they (the quiet majority) had done past elections. This is my prayer.

Posted by: Jimmy | August 12, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

In all honesty folks, if you don't know who Ralph Reed is please do some research. McCain should be ashamed that he is even associating with this man. Of course this will be swept under the rug by the media, no questions asked. Here's just one of Ralph Reed's outrageous immoral acts he commited while hiding behind the guise of Christianity and the Bush/Cheney GOP:

In January 2002, long after the fact, it was revealed that Karl Rove, President Bush's top political adviser, recommended the Republican strategist Ralph Reed to the Enron Corporation for a lucrative consulting contract as Mr. Bush was weighing whether to run for president. Reed was paid "$10,000 to $20,000 a month, the amount varying by year and the particular work, people familiar with the arrangement said. He was hired in September 1997 and worked intermittently for Enron until the company collapsed.

Posted by: Factory Worker, Akron Ohio | August 12, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, which they have no problem using against fellow citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!

Posted by: Franky | August 12, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Ralph Reed might just as well invite Jack Abramoff to address the group from a live feed in Federal Penitentiary. It's a good thing for McCain to associate with that sleazy piece of crap. It shows who he really is - a former hero, married to a pill-popping heiress, without a clue as to where the Iraq-Pakistan border is.

Posted by: malach hamovess | August 12, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

McCain is bought and paid for by crooked lobbyists and fundraisers. If he wins this fall we'll be screwed even more than we already are with the Bush and Cheney crime family in the White House.

McCain loves him some lobbyists:

Posted by: astral99 | August 12, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Like Sheriff Roscoe P. Coaltrain from the Dukes of Hazzard use to say to Boss Hog, "Good News! Good News!"

Thanks Reed for providing more ammunition for Obama's campaign to use against McCain to tie him to the Bush and the Washinginton insiders that voters are rallying against.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 12, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

So much for shunning lobbyists...

Posted by: matt | August 12, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Leave it to John McBush to sell out his integrity even more by embracing the very same group of radical rightwing lunitc fringe nuts that he once called "the agents of intolerance".

Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | August 12, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Is there anything that McCain stands for that he hasn't flip-flopped and pandered on already?

I don't even recognize the John McCain of 2008, is he going senile?

-McCain is the McSame as Bush - On tax cuts...

In 2001, McCain voted against Bush's tax cuts, saying "I cannot in good conscience support a tax cut in which so many of the benefits go to the most fortunate among us, at the expense of middle-class Americans who most need tax relief." He also voted against additional tax cuts in 2003, later saying that "I just thought it was too tilted to the wealthy, and I still do."
*Today, McCain wants to make Bush's tax cuts for the rich permanent*

-McCain is the McSame as Bush - On immigration...

In 2005, McCain supported comprehensive immigration reform, which included a pathway to citizenship.
*Now, McCain claims that "if his original proposal came to a vote on the Senate floor, he would not vote for it."*

-McCain is the McSame as Bush - On abortion and Roe v. Wade...

In 1999, McCain said that he would not support overturning Roe v. Wade "in the short term, or even the long term," because that would "force X number of women in America" to undergo "illegal and dangerous operations."
*Today, McCain has campaigned on overturning Roe v. Wade*

-McCain - On his revisionist history regarding Donald Rumsfeld...

In 2004, McCain refused to call for Rumsfeld's resignation, saying that Bush "can have the team around him that he wants around him." In 2006, retired generals called for Rumseld's resignation, but McCain did not.
*Now, while running for president, McCain has claimed that "I’m the only one that said that Rumsfeld had to go."*

-McCain is the McSame as Bush - On torture...

McCain has traditionally been against torture, citing his experience as a POW for his decision.
*Now, McCain voted last month "against a bill that would require the Central Intelligence Agency to abide by the restrictions on interrogating prisoners outlined in the Army Field Manual."*

Ever since McCain started running for President he has missed more votes in the Senate than any other Senator and when he has bothered to show up and vote he has voted in lockstep with the Bush Neocon agenda.

McCain's pro Bush voting record:
2005: 81%
2006: 86%
2007: 95%
2008: 100% - so far this year

Posted by: Blutto | August 12, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Reed is a scum bag!!! And he would be in a McCain 08 team. Unbelievable. Wake up people, that means the MSM too.

Posted by: kim | August 12, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

McCain will be making an appeal to those voters at Saddleback Church this Saturday too.

Posted by: JakeD | August 12, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

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