An army of 75…78…80 wait there’s two on the corner – 82…

Reed talked about an army of volunteers but so far with the exception of the home schoolers, which are about 75 or so, Debbie, GOPeach, Bill B., and about 4 here in Chatham County, reports are from around the state that there are no real visible signs of Reed support today. 

Where did the army go?  Are they disillusioned or did they see the light? 

You really can’t blame them.  It’s hard to tow the line for a hypocrite (liar). 

 

31 comments

  1. politicalwidow says:

    The Reed Army is all out buying black Nikes and waiting for the arrival of the Hale-Bopp comet and mothership.

  2. conservativecore says:

    There are a couple in West Cobb looking like they are in for the long haul with umbrella’s and chairs. Like wise in spots in Cherokee but no real force seen.

    Turn out is moderate in most parts from reports in Cherokee and Cobb. Apparently some precincts were changed and notices were not sent in Cherokee and some of the folks got frustrated and did not vote as well.

  3. debbie0040 says:

    You will see the results of Reed’s army when the returns start coming in. They are out there in the neighborhoods.

    Speaking of liar, the GRTL called Cagle for lying about why they endorsed Cagle in Cagle’s radio ads. Loved it.

    Reed will win . I am hearing from more and more voters turned off by Cagle’s ads.

  4. northside elephant says:

    All last night I put up Cagle signs outside of the polling places in Cobb and North Fulton. There were no Ralph Reed signs at all except a few on the side of the road at 4 or 5 intersections. I also saw 2 groups of little kids sign waving for Ralph in East Cobb, they looked bored and hot.

    If Ralph has a grassroots Army it sure wasn’t out in the biggest Republican county in the state.

  5. The Busdriver says:

    Ralph’s army is a bunch of homeschool ninjas. They’re out there. You just can’t see them.

  6. BahamaBoy says:

    Ditto on the absence of Reed signs at the precincts. I used couldn’t believe my eyes! None at most locations; one or two at some. Certainly, nowhere was there any hillside of signage in support of the Chosen One.

    As for the kids, I am contacting DFAC today to inquire about rules for exploitation of children by political candidates. I witnessed four of these children being let out of a van at one of THE busiest intersections in Duluth yesterday and put to work waving Reed signs. They looked tired, hot, and thirsty. Cagle supporters waived huge 4 x 4 sings from three corners while the children valiantly worked their small piece of real estate. They only stayed about an hour and a half before their van returned to retrieve them. They probably had another venue to go to before retiring to their hotel room, sans TV, for a McDonald’s Happy Meal. Reed pays $250 per child for 12-hour days in the brutal Georgia heat to “campaign” for his failing effort. I doubt that any of the children know where the Marianas Islands are, but they have more in common with children there than the ones growing up in Duluth.

    Ralph Reed, you are a pathetic exploiter of children, and you should be ashamed of what you have stooped to in this campaign. But I’m not holding my breath for any acknowledge of that from you.

  7. Bull Moose says:

    Bahama Boy, good observations…

    Ralph Reed has made this the most negative campaign I’ve ever seen. I’m just stunned that he would decide to run in such a negative and personally destructive manner.

    But, then again, after what he did to John McCain in 2000, actually, I’m not surprised.

    I don’t know how some of these people can turn such a deaf ear and blind eye to some of this stuff about Ralph. It just amazes me. I really have to question their moral compass.

  8. Donkey Kong says:

    My parents in Acworth had a nice 15 year old girl knock on the door yesterday afternoon in support of Ralph Reed. I think his supporters are out there, they are just behind the scenes.

    On a different note, I was putting up Reed signs this morning by a polling location in Marietta when, literally 3 minutes after I put them up (in a proper, public location), a man on a riding lawn mower crossed the street and ran them all over. I’ve seen dirty tactics, but c’mon, this was pathetic.

  9. northside elephant says:

    Reed often talked about the mobilization of tens of thousands of volunteers during the final week. Where are they? Did the grassroots machine fall apart? It seems only the child-labor is left.

  10. northside elephant says:

    “On a different note, I was putting up Reed signs this morning by a polling location in Marietta when, literally 3 minutes after I put them up (in a proper, public location), a man on a riding lawn mower crossed the street and ran them all over. I’ve seen dirty tactics, but c’mon, this was pathetic.”

    Donkey Kong,

    Welcome to Georgia politics. I have had things like this happen to me, it sucks but it is also nothing new. In your case I think that it is very funny, you made that guys day.

  11. Donkey Kong says:

    Bull Moose, how the heck has Ralph Reed made this the most negative campaign??? From the beginning (as far back as a year ago), Reed has been talking almost exclusively issues. Too bad I can’t say the same for Cagle.

    When Reed spoke at UGA in February, he spoke issues. When Cagle spoke in (I think) April, he attacked “his opponent” for running a negative campaign and then proceeded to unload a host of negative attacks. I have NEVER heard Cagle speak concerning this campaign and not attack his opponent. I have rarely heard Ralph Reed speak and attack Cagle.

    I don’t doubt Reed has done a few questionable things in his past, but I think it is undeniable that a principal element of Cagle’s campaign has been why we should NOT vote for Ralph Reed instead of why we should vote for Cagle.

    I would have supported Cagle had I believed that he would fight for what he believes in. In fact, in the very early stages of the campaign, I did support him. But we need conservative Republicans that are not afraid to pick a fight and stand up for conservative principles, and this willingness to “stick it” to the liberals is exactly why the liberal Dem’s are considering voting in the Republican primary because they are scared of Reed and his drive to win.

  12. Donkey Kong says:

    Northside, I wouldn’t be criticizing his “child labor.” These children are being bred for Georgia politics and in a few years will be the youngsters running the campaigns of Georgia politicians. They are getting great experience at an early age. They might also prove useful allies 10-20 years down the road should Reed make a shot for the White House.

  13. Donkey Kong says:

    Northside, I don’t think he thought it was too funny when I pulled my car in front of him and told him that it was a crime and threatened to call the police on him. He was just a good ol’ boy trying to have some fun, and when he saw me pull my phone out of my pocket, he turned his mower around and booked it out of there. That’s when I couldn’t stop laughing.

  14. Mike says:

    Raph’s kiddie volunteers are just precious, but who’s going to listen to a 15 year old girl’s opinion on politics. I mean, maybe an 18 year old in a tight shirt, but 15?

  15. northside elephant says:

    Donkey Kong,

    It figures that you are a UGA CR (sorry for the jab Jeff E.) you sound like a real winner. Take a deep breath and calm down. I think you should have called the police, what would they do? Nothing.

    As a kid I volunteered for Larry McDonald and Newt Gingrich. It lead me into campaign management and now public affairs, but my parents didn’t sell me to a sleaze for $250 a day.

  16. BahamaBoy says:

    Donkey Kong, you say “I don’t doubt Reed has done a few questionable things in his past.”

    A FEW? Are you blind, man?

  17. BahamaBoy says:

    As for Reed’s “grassroots” I’d say its more like Astroturf. (with due credit to the late Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX), who is credited with putting a clever name on the distinction.)

    Campaigns & Elections magazine defines Astroturf as a “grassroots program that involves the instant manufacturing of public support for a point of view in which either uninformed activists are recruited or means of deception are used to recruit them.”

    That pretty much explains the Ralph Reed we’ve all come to know this past year.

  18. Donkey Kong says:

    Northside, I know full well the police wouldn’t have done anything, but hey it did the trick.

    I think that’s a cheap shot at the UGA CR’s and I think you know it. The CR’s have their flaws, some of them big, some of them small, but I’ll tell you this: one of the biggest problems with UGA CR’s is NOT that they are too fired up or too gung ho, but that they are too lackadaisical in their approach.

    It seems the most common problem with conservatives is that they either have the right principles and philosophy but don’t really know how to win (i.e. Goldwater) or they lack those principles and only want to win. It’s a struggle to find conservatives that have both. The pendulum is up high on one end–the current UGA CR’s have the right philosophy and the right principles. It remains to be seen how badly they want to win.

    On the subject, I was talking to a political operative that works at the capitol last week and he was describing a lack of young political operatives coming out of college. I can’t speak with knowledge about the other schools, but I can see that at UGA.

  19. Donkey Kong says:

    BahamaBoy, I’m not blind, I just don’t take everything at face value. It’s easy to jump on one bandwagon or the other. Reed has done some things that I disagree with. But what strong leader hasn’t? I don’t intend that as an excuse, but if a politician has not done anything that I disagree with, then he is pandering to his constituents and he lacks the fortitude to be a strong leader for conservative principles.

  20. BahamaBoy says:

    I don’t take “anything” at face value, Donkey Kong. That’s why I researched Ralph Reed thoroughly before coming to a conclusion to support Cagle.

    I read the 373-page Senate report that detailed Reed’s extensive dealings with convicted felons Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon.

    I obtained a copy of the federal lawsuit filed last week against Reed and Abramoff, and read it too!

    In between, I’ve read postings pro and con about both candidates and checked out each and every one in search of the truth.

    My conclusion is that Reed is a pathetic liar and Cagle is basically a decent lawmaker who wants a chance to continue to serve the citizens of Georgia.

    Reasonable people can disagree about many things, but I am flabbergasted that most Reed supporters haven’t read the source documents on his misdealings, haven’t bothered to look behind the Reed press releases, and still believe his smoke and mirrors army will save the day — today!

    In a few hours we’ll see which one of us is right. (Gosh I hope I don’t have to buy Debbie that steak dinner.)

  21. Donkey Kong says:

    BahamaBoy, I don’t know you, but I don’t think you do take anything at face value. The fact that you are on this blog makes it highly unlikely that you do. But the average gentle TV viewer does, not because he/she is stupid, but political research just isn’t a top priority.

  22. BahamaBoy says:

    I’ll take that as a complement, Donkey.

    Say, isn’t the donkey a Democrat symbol?

    Just kidding . . .

  23. northside elephant says:

    Donkey,

    I disagree, the average TV viewer is in fact stupid. The average voter/viewer sees over 20,000 advertisements on TV each year, reads very little and is more likely to know who Jennifer Anniston is dating than who their state representative is.

  24. Demonbeck says:

    “who Jennifer Anniston is dating ”

    That’s easy, she’s dating Demonbeck. Everyone knows that (except Mrs. Demonbeck!)

  25. Donkey Kong says:

    Northside, the average TV viewer isn’t stupid, they just don’t care. Call that stupid if you will, but what is lacking is not intellect but interest.

  26. BahamaBoy says:

    “they just don’t care”

    You are so right Donkey: the average TV viewer or voter isn’t very interested in politics because they just don’t care.

    Too bad, really. Because politics is the art of who gets what. And so all those clueless “just don’t care” lackeys let folks like you and me decide FOR them who their elected officials will be, from city councilman to president.

    When these poor folks complain about the representation, we can tell them they had an opportunity to choose for themselves, but they sat it out.

    My choices don’t always win at the ballot box. But at least they are willing to put themselves on the line to represent their follow citizens. That’s a lot more than I can say for all these “I just don’t care” types.

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