Ever since he was anointed as “The Right Hand of God” fifteen years ago, Ralph Reed has enjoyed a reputation as the Religious Right’s leading political operative.
So influential is Reed, in fact, that even his work exploiting his Religious Right allies on behalf of disgraced criminal lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s gambling clients could not sink his career, as he returned last year with a new group called the Faith and Freedom Coalition, which he touted as a more hip, more strident “21st Century version of the Christian Coalition on steroids, married with MoveOn.org, with a sprinkling of the NRA.” And the rest of the right-wing movement eagerly embraced him once again.
But at heart, Reed is just another right-wing political hack, and a pretty blatant and unoriginal one at that. And nothing better demonstrates that the FFC is spending half a million dollars to run a more absurdly over-the-top radio ad than you could even imagine:
The Faith and Freedom Coalition will announce Tuesday evening that it is launching a $500,000 radio ad campaign to increase evangelical and conservative turnout next week.
The socially conservative group, led by Ralph Reed, will target 18 House and Senate races with the independent expenditure effort.
At the top of its list is the Nevada Senate contest, where Republican Sharron Angle is trying to unseat Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid. The group will also debut ads bolstering the Republican nominees in the tight Colorado and Washington Senate races.
Incumbent House Democrats being targeted by the group are Ciro Rodriguez (Texas), Paul Kanjorski (Pennsylvania), Jerry McNerney and Loretta Sanchez (California), Tom Perriello (Virginia), Sanford Bishop and Jim Marshall (Georgia), John Spratt (South Carolina), John Boccieri (Ohio), Allen Boyd and Ron Klein (Florida), John Salazar (Colorado), Leonard Boswell (Iowa) and Lincoln Davis (Tennessee).
It’s Us versus Them. Big government versus a big belief in faith and freedom. Sharron Angle versus Harry Reid.
Reid is a “them,” like Obama, like Pelosi. He voted for their stimulus plan that only wasted our money, civilian trials for foreign terrorists, and government-run health care.
Angle is one of us. She says it is faith in God and the freedom to become all we want that made America great.
We must choose an “us.” Someone who gets it, will protect our freedom, and defend our faith.
Please, vote faith, vote freedom, vote Angle.
It’s Us versus Them.
The various other versions of the ad can be found here.
The Right truly has become a parody of itself.