From the AJC Political Insider and it’s all about Ralph. First, from the Democrat perspective.
In their crystal ball, Democrats see the well-funded Ralph Reed, a three-star general in the nation’s culture wars, besting banker-businessman Casey Cagle in next year’s Republican primary.
They also assume that Reed will still be dogged by the lobbying scandal in Washington, and will require a distraction. Reed’s platform is likely to emphasize tax reform — a weighty issue, but one that doesn’t provide the red meat to drive the base.
Those who doubt Republican eagerness to revive gay marriage as a factor in the campaign, Democrats say, need look no further than the Republican race for secretary of state. Karen Handel, the Fulton County Commission chairman, had no sooner entered the contest than GOP rival Bill Stephens accused her of kind words toward gays and their agenda.
What form next year’s culture war will take, Democrats aren’t sure. Possibly the issue of gay adoption.
To meet Reed squarely, Democrats are looking for someone who’ll have the confidence of the national sources of money that Reed is likely to inflame, and who is untainted by the gay marriage issue.
Next up is this very interesting point: The President, in a contested South Carolina primary for Lt. Gov. has made an endorsement. The endorsement went to Mike Campbell, the son of the former governor. The Campbell family is credited with helping both Presidents Bush win South Carolina.