“I await a press release from the flaggers any day now proving that Ralph Reed mapped out Sherman’s path to the sea.”
I get a lot of flack from friend and foe about the Lieutenant Governor’s race. My Reed friends, and I have very many, are constantly harping on the fact that we have no pro-Ralph people writing on the front page anymore. Folks, I’ve asked several of them to write and they’ve all declined. Now I’ve just resorted to asking the front pagers to cease and desist writing about the damn race.
I’m trying to keep some objectivity in this race. I like Ralph Reed. I think he has done a lot for the party. In fact, though apparently a lot of you disagree, I would go so far as to say that but for Ralph Reed in 2002, the GOP might just now be on the cusp of making inroads into state government. Disagree all you want, but I think that is a fact that only the true Reed haters will dispute.
I don’t know Casey Cagle. I’ve never met him. I know Joel McElhannon and very much like him. I also know David Shafer and very much like him. Between the two of them and the rest of his campaign staff, I feel very confident that Cagle is in good hands.
What disturbs me is this Reed Derangement Syndrome that has been creeping into state Republicans. Poor GaWire, who is otherwise very intelligent and reasoned, has taken to foaming at the mouth on the front page. Ralph Reed can cause strange things to happen to people.
Like the left attacking Bush, it seems a fair number of Republicans see Ralph Reed behind every satanic plot, nefarious deed, and crooked scheme to ever exist. I await a press release from the flaggers any day now proving that Ralph Reed mapped out Sherman’s path to the sea.
Am I for Ralph? Yes. Am I for Casey? Yes. Whichever of these guys gets the nomination, I’ll work my butt off for him. Do I think there is merit to the Abramoff accusations? Yes, but I also think the accusations have been blown out of proportion and frequently taken out of context.
I understand that if Ralph Reed were to get the nomination, the Democrats would have a field day turning him into a demon. I also understand that if Casey Cagle gets the nomination, the Democrats would do the same damn thing.
Lastly, I understand that it is early and people are just starting to pay attention. Ralph Reed is not the frontrunner right now. He has too much baggage weighing him down. But the day is early, the race is still young, and Ralph may just pull it off.
Calls for Ralph Reed to drop out of the race are premature. I will rely on the judgment of educated primary voters to make the choice of who should be the GOP’s nominee and, if they think Ralph Reed would be better than Casey Cagle, so be it. I’ll have his sign in my yard — same goes for Casey Cagle.
Now I suggest it is time for the Cagle proponents to start championing Casey Cagle and it is time for the Ralph Reed proponents to champion Ralph Reed instead of just beating the hell out of each other. As for me, I’ll continue to observe the race and deal with all the b.s. that keeps coming my way when ever I dare say anything favorable or negative about either of these two candidates.