02/05/2006: Maybe there's hope....
A while ago I posted a longish piece quoting extensively from William Rivers Pitt, where Pitt had this to say about the Democrats' ability to make hay with the Jack Abamoff scandal:
I know you believe the Abramoff scandal is going to be your bread and butter in the upcoming midterm elections. I hate to break it to you, but you have already been outflanked. The television nitwits have flooded the airwaves with the meme that this is a "two-party scandal," despite the fact that Abramoff would have sooner lit himself on fire than give money to a Democrat. As you have been collectively incapable of setting the record straight in public, with the exception of a two-minute crunch between Howard Dean and Wolf Blitzer on CNN that left Blitzer spluttering impotently, understand that "this scandal affects both parties" is now commonly accepted fact all across the land.However, this morning Chris Kromm tells us that maybe, just maybe, there's some hay to be made with the Abramoff scandal:
Think the Jack Abramoff scandal isn't having much impact on politics? Ralph Reed, former darling of the religious right and current candidate for the second-in-command post in Georgia, would disagree:Of course, the down side of this is that it looks like Reed is going down in the primary to a more electable Rethugnican. But hey, it's some good news.For a while, former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed looked almost unstoppable in his bid for lieutenant governor of Georgia. Then he got tripped up by the Jack Abramoff scandal.
In recent months, it was reported that Reed's public relations and lobbying businesses received $4.2 million from his longtime friend Abramoff to mobilize Christian voters to fight the opening of casinos that would compete with Abramoff's Indian tribe clients.
Now, Reed's little-known rival for the Republican nomination, fellow conservative Casey Cagle, is outpacing him in fundraising, and a recent poll shows Cagle could be as strong a candidate as Reed against a Democrat.
Len on 02.05.06 @ 10:55 AM CST