Bad news for GOP

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Ralph Reed's (one of numerous Christian crossovers into politics) failure to gain his party's nomination for Lt. Gov. of Georgia may be much bigger than it sounds. I mean, typically I'd just go back to my cereal after hearing who won or lost a Lt. Gov. primary.

But this could prove to be the test case for all the Republicans caught up in the web of scandals involving Jack Abramoff, David Safavian, Richard Pombo, Tom DeLay, Bob Ney, Jerry Lewis, and on and on and...

When Pat Robertson, Reed's former employer and mentor, disses you in public for your compromised values, you got trouble. Robertson told reporters: "The Bible says you can't serve God and Mammon."

Reddhedd writes hopefully:

I’d like to hope that this is just the thin end of the wedge, and that the Republican Rubber Stamp Corruption Machine just got a big ole hitch in its giddy-up. It’s tough to think of a more well-connected former College Republican smarm merchant that Reed: his pal Karl Rove sits at the right hand of George Bush; his money buddy Jack Abramoff fed him cash for ages before being indicted; his pal Grover Norquist still wants to drown government in a bathtub; and so it goes.
Public Campaign Action Fund's David Donnelly, who followed this race very closely, was quoted by the Times warning: "It’s clear that politicians that put money before their morals should be very worried by these results." (Firedoglake)

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