Ralph Reed's Anti-Union Wisconsin Gambit
Okay, time to play "connect the dots," right-wing edition. In the Upper MidWest Province of Kochistan -- otherwise known as Wisconsin, most active and powerful among the right-wing entities that helped elect a gang of government-slashing, union-bashing goons is Americans for Prosperity, the astroturf group founded by David Koch. AFP's president is Tim Phillips, business partner with Ralph Reed in a consulting firm called Century Strategies.
Are ya with me so far?
Ralph Reed is the freakishly boyish, ruthlessly brilliant electoral strategist who, in its heyday, served at the executive director of the Rev. Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition. Reed left the Coalition just before it fell onto hard times to found Century Strategies, where he was implicated, though never charged, in the Jack Abramoff bribery scandal. But I digress.
Reed's latest venture is his Faith and Freedom Coalition, which seeks to meld the voters of the religious right with those of the Tea Party to create one right-wing electoral juggernaut. Perhaps a clearer way to state this is that Reed seeks to use the existing network of politicized evangelical churches to push out the Koch-propelled message of small government, low taxes, and the evils of organized labor. (Reed and Phillips are still partners in Century Strategies, as well.)
Sarah Posner writes at Religion Dispatches that Reed's Faith and Freedom crew is on the ground now in Wisconsin, warning religious voters of the dire consequences that would result from any Democratic victories. Posner quotes an e-mail alert sent to activists by FFC state director Gary Marx:
Please join Tony Nasvik and join the fight with 100 plus FFC activists who will be going door-to-door encouraging the Badger State to vote for candidates who share our values of lower taxes, less government, faith, and who will stand up to union thugs who support Obama’s tax and spend solutions. We need your financial support to make our Wisconsin get-out-the-vote program work.
Posner rhetorically scatches her head, asking: "Lower taxes, less government, faith. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?"