A poll commissioned by Republicans now sits on the desk of every ranking decision-maker in the state GOP, whether here or in Washington. The news is good if you’re Gov. Sonny Perdue. Not so good if you’re Ralph Reed…
This has led state Republicans to emphasize the need to protect their quarterback. Which brings us to Reed, who wants to be lieutenant governor. In the GOP poll, 11 percent of Georgians view Reed favorably. Sixteen percent view him with distaste. And 42 percent know who he is. Do the political math — for this is the strange phenomenon that has GOP strategists concerned.
If 42 percent know who Reed is, and only 27 percent offer an opinion of him — whether good or bad — then 15 percent are purposely keeping their mouths shut.
GOP analysts think Reed may be generating hidden negatives — that Reed supporters who have stuck with their charismatic leader in the past are beginning to have second thoughts. But they aren’t yet ready to voice them.
Nothing new under the sun, eh? Now, let’s all join in and have a Rip-Ralphie-Again party. So much fun. I can’t wait.
Oh, darn, I forgot to tell you who that quote was from. Oh well, you should be able to guess it pretty easily anyway. Jim “Gotta hate Ralph” Galloway, by way of the Atlanta Journal Constitution Political Insider, Monday edition.