It’s happened to a lot of us. We see somebody we know and blank out on the name, or – even worse – somebody sees us and blanks out on our name. Well, that happened to Ralph Reed Friday during a fundraiser for Mitt Romney at the 1818 Club in Duluth, just across the parking lot from the Gwinnett Convention Center, site of the convention.
Romney, beginning his talk, made the comment, “I’m happy to have with us today my good friend Gary Bauer.” (Bauer is a conservative activist whose career to some degree parallels Reed’s, and who somewhat resembles Reed. See photo at right from his website.) Then, in response to groans from the audience, the former Massachusetts governor confessed, “I know I am getting mixed up here,” spent a few seconds searching for Reed’s name and then gave up before moving on to the next dignitary.
The fundraiser, as we’ve mentioned before, raised $250,000 for Romney. Other attendees were Rep. Mark Burkhalter, who helped spearhead the effort; Eric Tannenblatt, Gov. Sonny Perdue’s former chief of staff who now heads the Romney fundraising team in Georgia, and conservative author and commentator Phil Kent.