(guest blog by Taylor Marsh)
In this corner we have John McCain and Jerry Falwell.
McCain, formerly known as the "straight talker," but now commonly referred to as Senator Suck Up by yours truly, has moved into lock step with George W. Bush. This has happened over many months, as Senator Suck Up has become enthralled with the idea of becoming Bush’s heir. In fact, McCain has even flip flopped on the Federal Marriage Amendment, though his staffers are saying it’s just a states’ right thing. Falwell and the other religious right-wingers are dreaming it will become a reality, so McCain has to thread the needle on this one, which he seems to be doing so far. So, Senator Suck Up is now in partnership with man who said some things that no one should ever forget, especially after 9/11.
"I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this happen’." – Reverend Jerry Falwell on Pat Robertson’s 700 Club
Of course, Reverend Falwell’s list of whopper statements are legend. "Blow them away in the name of the Lord," is one of my personal statements. Hell hath no fury like a right-winger unhinged.
In the other corner we have Rudy gays are great (they are – at least my dear friends are), marriage is really serial monogamy (it’s not supposed to be) Giuliani helping out Ralph Reed in Georgia. Formerly the Christian Coalition’s head man, Reed has fallen far from grace and his once golden boy status.
Ralph is in deep, deep, deep trouble down south in a race he would have walked through easily, EXCEPT for the fact that he got involved with Jack Abramoff. Now Reed is up to his eye balls in criticism and flagging poll numbers, with his own people coming after him, as Reed is poised to take the Republicans down with him.
So, the two biggest Republican heavyweights are squared off in separate right-wing corners, just waiting for the 2008 bell.
John McCain recently courted Jerry Falwell. So I guess Rudy Giuliani felt he needed to get Ralph Reed. According to the Associated Press, Giuliani has agreed to headline a fundraiser in May for Reed’s campaign for Georgia Lt. Gov.
Oh, the irony. A pro-gay rights, pro-choice, pro-gun control New Yorker stumping with a right-wing Christian crook. If Giuliani had to pick an evangelical activist to campaign with, couldn’t he of found someone who wasn’t Jack Abramoff’s best friend? Shouldn’t the so-called law and order Mayor be shunning a cynical political operator who defrauded fellow Christians and robbed and ruined Indian tribes? Doesn’t he realize that a path to the presidency no longer runs through Ralph Reed?
Campaigning with the likes of Rick Santorum, as Giuliani did in Philadelphia today, is bad enough. But Reed represents a whole ‘nother level of despicable. If Rudy wanted to show solidarity with a conservative moonbat, he should’ve picked Reed’s primary opponent, Casey Cagle.
Neither of them are the best man. They both propped up President Bush when he didn’t deserve it, putting the Republican party before country. To say Republicans are the last thing we need going forward, looking towards Iran, North Korea, the federal and trade deficits, is an understatement of gargantuan proportions.