Your morning jolt: Ralph Reed says to expect more contested GOP primaries

Religion writer and blogger Dan Gilgoff snagged some quotes from Ralph Reed on the topic of the building tea party-driven split within the Republican party:

Energized in part by their experience in New York, conservative faith-based activists are now poised to support challengers over establishment Republicans in perhaps a dozen or more GOP primaries next year, in races stretching from Florida to California. “You’re going to see the largest number of competitive Republican primaries since the 1992-to-1994 period,” says Reed, the former Christian Coalition chief. “It’s a sign of a healthy movement.”

But some GOP leaders worry that the growing number of contests between party-backed figures and conservative challengers will create fissures at a time when Republicans are trying to unify and rebuild. That, they fear, could pave the way for more Democratic wins. Last week, the National Republican Congressional Committee called a meeting with activists on the right, including religious conservatives, to discuss the lessons of New York 23.

Clay Cox’s campaign letter to House GOP caucus members arrived in the mail. He’s a candidate for speaker pro tem. He wants to impose term limits on leadership positions:

I also believe the public deserves politicians committed to service rather than power. I therefore propose, to avoid long entrenched power structures, that we as a caucus adopt rule changes placing limits of four terms by our caucus for the positions of Speaker and Speaker Pro Tem and Majority Leader.

As your Speaker Pro-Tem, I will ensure that we re-commit ourselves to those conservative principles that won us the majority we are entrusted with; real tax reform that eliminates the state income tax and capital gains taxes in favor of a consumption tax system; base line budgeting, and mandatory sunset and review of bureaucracies. In short, we must get out of the people’s pockets and get government off of their backs.

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33 comments Add your comment

The Snark

December 15th, 2009
8:49 am

Please stop printing stuff that Ralph Reed and Sadie Fields say. It only encourages them.

Al Bundy

December 15th, 2009
8:56 am

Let’s Rock!

I’d vote for a dem everytime over some wacko tea party member who hates taxes and government, yet is on Medicare and driving public roads everyday.


December 15th, 2009
8:58 am

A three-party system in Georgia would be interesting. Dems, Repubs, and Tea Baggers.

End Political Term Entitlement Programs

December 15th, 2009
8:59 am

One term is enough. We need change!

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 15th, 2009
9:18 am

Clay Cox writes, “real tax reform that eliminates the state income tax and capital gains taxes in favor of a consumption tax system”: Of, by, and for, The Rich.

Fascism’s rule by the rich, or Freedom for E Pluribus Unum – One Nation, One People, One G-d.
Papism and the Roman Anti-Christ, or Prosperity by Annuit Coeptis and individual sovereignty for America.
Treason by the bi-partisan false-elite’s Gay Old Pervert party or Equal Justice Under the Law in The New Secular Order with Bush and Cheney hanged at the Navy Yard and Rome’s “Fifth Column” expropriated to pay off the Debt, then banished or extirpated.
“Republican” or, a healthy choice.

Mr. Grumpy

December 15th, 2009
9:54 am

I didn’t realize the conservative movement made a home for crooks like Ralph Reed. Apparently it wasn’t enough for his supporters to know he was doing the bidding of his good buddy Jack Abramoff, a crook of the highest order. Ralph made a lot of money for himself and Abramoff by giving Abramoff’s efforts to defeat a competitive Indian casino the cover of Christian values to defeat the tribe’s effort to open a competitive casino. But then again when did Ralph Reed ever allow real Christian values get in the way of his personal ambitions.

People who support Ralph Reed and whatever he speaks favorably about need to have their heads examined by a qualified psychiatrist.

common sense

December 15th, 2009
10:00 am

Conservative, faith-based Republicans like Jerry Keen love to pander to a populace educated by Nancy Grace. Instead of using research, statistical data, and intelligence to craft effective laws, they rely on media myth and hysteria to create a “sex offender” registry so large that it costs the state millions to keep track of a majority of people, according the the Governor’s own Sex Registry Review Board, who are of little or no risk to society. Meanwhile, the real predators are overlooked, because law enforcement doesn’t have the resources to keep track of everyone on the list. And all offenders, even the ones who have paid their dues and are of little or no risk, have no place to live, work, can’t go to their own children’s schools, are harassed, sometimes harmed, etc. Ironically, statistics by the US Justice Department show that over 90% of sexual abuse/child molestation is caused by family members or close friends. The policiticans don’t want you to know this, though, because ratcheting up sex offender laws is an easy way to get votes from the undereducated. Way to go, Jerry — keeping Georgia safe with millions of the taxpayers money!

Mr. Grumpy

December 15th, 2009
10:20 am

Conservative, faith-based Republicans like Jerry Keen stood by for 2 years and let their conservative, faith-based Republican Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, Glenn Richardson, carry on like an adolescent 19-year old high on testosterone. Question: If by some weird twist of justice , it was ever determined that Glenn and his AGL lobbyist committed acts of sodomy, would Keen want Richardson convicted for that sex crime and be required to register as a sex offender? Hmmmm!

Straight Talk

December 15th, 2009
10:44 am

I’ll vote the opposite of Ralph Reed, the crook. Anybody seeking Reed’s political support does not have mine.

Lloyd Braun

December 15th, 2009
11:12 am

Ralph Reed is kind of creepy looking – in a Bob-Barr’s-mustache-and-ascot sort of way.


dogs & cats

December 15th, 2009
11:15 am

Ralph Reed wants to be hired as political campaign consultant. He worships the god of money.


December 15th, 2009
1:55 pm

What is this, MSNBC? Sometimes I think the Dem party pays you folks just to bash Republicans. Get a job. Get a life.


December 15th, 2009
2:06 pm

Ralph Reed is out for himself. He could care less if he divides the Republican party, but I hope he does.

And speaking of uneducated morons, bmdpd chimes in with a mindless response typical of GOP stalwarts.

Bawney Fwank

December 15th, 2009
2:20 pm

I’d vote for a Tea Party candidate everytime over some RHINO (Republican in name only) or wacko democratic socialist fister party member who loves high taxes, government run healthcare (when they can’t even efficently deliver mail), more big government, and still doesn’t link the Democrats and Jimmy Carter administrations “Community Reinvestment Acts” (i.e. banks forced to give millions of home loans to people who did not qualify and would never be able to repay loans) as the root cause of the present economic recession and high unemployment.

tyler durden

December 15th, 2009
2:32 pm

Ahhh, more moronic drivel from the Right. PLEASE, oh please let the Tea Baggers and their ilk stay in vogue for another couple of years. It’ll give the adults more time to fix all of the ’success’ that Dubya and Sonny have blessed us with.


December 15th, 2009
2:38 pm

I cannot prove this empirically, but I do believe the average tea bagger has the i.q. of the average pro golf score. I do hope however that they succeed in fracturing the repubs. Anything that hurts them, helps the country.


December 15th, 2009
2:40 pm

P.S. To bmdpd – No one here gets paid to bash Repubs – it is just that is so easy and so much fun.

Keep doing this GOP

December 15th, 2009
2:46 pm

Tea Bagger-”Keep the Goverments hands out of my Medicare”.Yes plessssssssssssssse put these people up as candiates. Please!!!!

sane jane

December 15th, 2009
2:48 pm

Which real estate scenario did more damage to the economy: a $40k loan in inner city Detroit to dark-skinned people (who couldn’t repay it), or a $400k loan for a McMansion in Cherokee County to white folk (who got underwater once the house was re-appraised at $160k?)

Yeah, it’s the black folks’ fault. Riiiiight….

The Late Maynord Jackson

December 15th, 2009
2:55 pm

Ralph Reed has the morals of the Jackson Machine but needs a good suntan.



December 15th, 2009
2:56 pm

I see what the liberal welfare recipients do all day other than a monthly visit to see who the baby daddy is on Maury. Thanks, your ignorant posts are almost as entertaining. I enjoyed the comment regarding adults in the liberal nut case party. That was clever. I see you’ve been watching the ugliest man on TV (Rachel Maddow) recently. You wouldn’t know what an adult was even if he put cuffs on you and charged you for smoking that pipe.

You all know why there are soooo many whinny liberals posting on here, you see ‘12 around the corner and know what’s already taking place.
Harry is down double digits in one of the most whacko states in the union along with numerous other anti-Americans. Just sit back and keep watching MSNBC and don’t worry about what is going on with the “right”. Christy Matthews will tell you all you need to know to keep your blind political ideology going.


December 15th, 2009
2:56 pm


It is so easy to bash liberals because all your responses are the same. We’re smart, you aren’t. End of discussion. Have you been to a tea party? I helped organize one and I was very pleased with what I saw. Many/most were regular middle class citizens that were mad as hell at both democrats and republicans. Many were not regular voters but have decided things are so screwed up in Washington that they have to get involved.

I think you see a surge of new voters in 2010. The new voters in 2008 where young people and blacks that turned out for the promise of Obama. In 2010 it will be middle/working class prople that are scared their way of life is about to disappear. You can agrue till the cows come home if their fears are justified or not. But it doesn’t change their motivation to kick the “bums” out.

Making fun of them just motivates them more. Let me know if you are still laughing next November.

Bob in Winder

December 15th, 2009
3:04 pm

RetiredSoldier…. Who is the Tea Party going to put up against our junior senator, Johnny the big spending LIBERAL?


December 15th, 2009
3:09 pm

Retired soldier – Actually go to church with a bunch of tea baggers. Some of them I like personally and we discuss issues in a polite way. However, I totally disagree with them and hope that more dems will come along.
And who said I was a liberal. I did not identify myself as such. Thats what I love about the right – If you do not think exactly like their agenda, you must be a liberal. Can’t possibly be a moderate , because the right refuses to acknowledge that group. Turns out we’re just too “liberal”, whatever that means.
Served in the infantry in Vietnam and I do appreciate your service. Just disagree politically


December 15th, 2009
3:10 pm

Have no idea. I’m not in candidate recruitment, I just helped others from my town put on the tea party. My opinion is the greatest impact will be seen in the general election where turn out for the most conservative candidate will be up. I don’t think this is the start of a “third party” movement. Most thierd party movements are driven by a strong personality.


December 15th, 2009
3:11 pm


We’re smart, you aren’t.

But you’re not smart enough to proofread your own post.

The new voters in 2008 *where* young people and blacks that turned out for the promise of Obama.

That probably should be *were*.

And “agrue”?

BTW, am I the only one that thinks that Tea Baggers is the perfect name
for these kool-aid slurping fools?


December 15th, 2009
3:14 pm

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL doggone I just pi$$ed in my pants. The GOP has really been shanken up an now are in a frenzy. It’l like seeing a bunch of roaches run and hide when the lights are turned on. Can’t see them doing dirty and immoral deeds in the light. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL doggone this is funnnnnny.

Keep doing this GOP

December 15th, 2009
3:17 pm

From what i saw of a so-called tea party, the signs were mostly anti-Obama and anti -democrat. So there goes the theory that they are mad at the republicans. And if they are so smart now, why did most of them vote for a president that increased the federal debt by 5.6 trillion dollars and there wasnt a peep said about it. And as far as making fun of those people, there were people with actual signs that said that.


December 15th, 2009
3:26 pm

To anyone who is a republican – Why is it that national surveys in the last year show only 25% of people identifying as repub? Only in the south and a few western states is it different. And to any repub – Why is it that 95% of all minorities do not vote repub? And please do not trot out that stuff about being govt. dependent. The clear answer is the repubs offer nothing to minorities, which is interesting. In a few years, given demographic change, the repubs will not win a national election and many state elections. Want to bet that you will see the repubs at national level change course? And it won’t be the course that present day repubs want to see. It will inclusion for a change and not running people out of the party cause they are not conservative enough. Can hardly wait.


December 15th, 2009
3:40 pm

Served in the infantry also, post Vietnam and in the first Gulf War. Understand we can agree to disagree, but many underestimate the strength of feelings the tea party folks feel.


If all you got is correcting my typos then you are truly a deep thinker.


December 15th, 2009
3:42 pm


If you haven’t been to a tea party you don’t know except what our biased media want you to know.


December 15th, 2009
3:49 pm

I do not underestimate their feelings. Just fundimentally disagree with rigid agendas. Actually was repub for a long time. They just kept drifting (charging actually) further and further to the right. When they started calling moderates “rhinos”, they lost alot of people, including me. When you step back and watch them operate with the list of “you musts”, it is very strange. There is real dogma involved that is borderline fascist. Even the Old Gipper said, “If you agree with me only 80% of the time, we can work together”. The repubs have forgotten their famous leader’s thinking. And while we are at it, don’t forget that Ronnie and W. increased govt. spending while in office. And who had the last balanced budget ? That Clinton guy. A democrat. Amazing stuff.


December 15th, 2009
3:52 pm

No one cares about Ralph Reed or Sadie Fields. Please don’t make them think they are important!