Your morning jolt: An ‘intrigued’ Ralph Reed says he has encouraged Donald Trump

His close friend Karl Rove thinks Donald Trump’s presidential ambition is one big joke, but Ralph Reed isn’t so sure.

Earlier this week, Reed’s name surfaced as someone Trump had sounded out to run his campaign – an idea that the former head of the Christian Coalition slapped down.

Ralph Reed, founder of Faith and Freedom Coalition, at a 2010 rall in Atlanta. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

Ralph Reed, founder of Faith and Freedom Coalition, at a 2010 rall in Atlanta. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

But in an NPR interview with Neal Conan and Ken Rudin on Wednesday, posted here, Reed declared himself “intrigued” by a Trump candidacy, and said he has encouraged The Donald to take a close look at the race.

The former chairman of the state GOP was first asked if the “birther” phenomenon was the fuel behind Trump’s sudden performance in national polls:

Reed: “I don’t know that I would reduce his poll performance to just one issue. After all, Donald Trump is somebody who’s been kind of a larger-than-life figure on the American stage for more than a quarter century.”

NPR: “Would he be a serious candidate?”

Reed: “I think he’d definitely be a serious candidate.”

NPR: “Could you support him?”

Reed: “Because of my Faith and Freedom Coalition hat, I’m unlikely to endorse pre-nomination. Or support pre-nomination. But I will say this – I’m intrigued by Donald Trump. He took a look at this in 2000. I think this is a much more serious look.

“I’m very pleased, and I think a lot of other social conservatives in the party are pleased that he is pro-life and pro-family and pro-marriage.

“And I think given, his business acumen and his business record, like Mitt Romney – maybe in a little different way with his business background – Mitch Daniels would be another one – [he] could really turn to Barack Obama on a stage in a nationally televised debate in the fall of 2012 and say, ‘I’ve run businesses and created jobs for 30 years. When have you ever created a job?’

“I don’t think that’s a bad contrast. I’m not taking sides in the primary, but I’ve encouraged him to look at it, and I think he’s looking at it very seriously.”

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Not a few people in the state Capitol are looking at the following with a sense of irony. From the Associated Press:

Georgia’s Attorney General Sam Olens has filed a joint complaint with the Federal Trade Commission seeking to delay Phoebe Putney Health System’s proposed acquisition of Palmyra Park Hospital.

The complaint was filed in federal court in Albany, Ga.

It alleges the transaction would violate federal law by eliminating the current competition between Phoebe Putney and Palmyra Park Hospital in Albany and the surrounding six-county area. The complaint also charges that Phoebe Putney has used the Hospital Authority to shield private, anticompetitive activity hoping it would exempt the acquisition from federal antitrust law.

The filing came after the FTC vote unanimously to request an injunction of the merger.

In November, Republican Sam Olens defeated Democrat Ken Hodges of Albany – who as a lawyer has represented Phoebe Putney.

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The National Journal has placed U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Savannah, in the No. 2 position on its list of most vulnerable members of Congress in 2012:

Armed with a 2009 Supreme Court decision that rendered districts with less than 50 percent minority population unworthy of special protection, Georgia Republicans could easily dilute the four-term Democrat’s 44 percent African-American district by dropping black precincts in Savannah and adding heavily white Augusta suburbs. This would create a district much like the one in effect during the late 1990s, a period when Democrats were locked out in the region.

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On Wednesday, much attention was given to Gov. Nathan Deal’s announcement that he had signed legislation giving himself the authority to replace members of the Atlanta Board of Education, should that school system lose its accreditation.

But in his session at the Atlanta Press Club, Deal also declared that the state needs to be prepared to go it alone when it comes to the dredging of the Port of Savannah. Georgia has been pursuing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding for the project. Writes Walter Jones of Morris News Service:

“I’m not going to place any bets on whether or not we get it,” he said. “We’re going to have to be prepared in the alternative to do whatever the state of Georgia and the [Georgia] Ports Authority has to do in the event that federal funding does not come forward in a timely and appropriate sum.”

This year, he convinced the Georgia General Assembly to commit $32 million in bond-borrowing to the project, raising the state taxpayers’ total investment so far to $125 million….

[Deal] recounted a conversation from his trip Tuesday to visit with bond-rating agencies.

“It’s amazing to me when you go to New York City and they ask how the deepening of the port of Savannah is going,” he said. “You know they are keeping up with what’s going on here.”

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U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is on a tour of Asia with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other members of Congress. They have already made a diplomatic misstep, angering Gov. Benigno R. Fitial of Guam, for not checking when they were on his island.

Seriously, from the Saipan Tribune:

Fitial’s press secretary, Angel Demapan, said “while the full details of the trip are still unknown, we find it disturbing that such high level members of the U.S. Congress would go to Guam in secrecy and without any degree of courtesy to the leadership of the Government of Guam.”

“Like the [Commonwealth of the North Mariana Islands], Guam is a member of the American political family. It is disheartening to know that our brothers and sisters in the south have been made to feel like second class citizens of America,” Demapan [said].

A spokeswoman for Isakson said no snub was intended. “The delegation stopped in Guam to refuel. They were on the ground for about one hour,” she said.

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AJC’s Politifact Georgia takes a look at the Democrat claim that, by voting for a budget proposed by U.S. Rep. Paul Bryan, House Republicans voted to end Medicare.

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111 comments Add your comment

DannyX

April 21st, 2011
10:15 am

“Because of my Faith and Freedom Coalition…”

Just curious. How many divorces are now acceptable in your new rules? Christians like Reed are making up the rules as they go. Whats the number now? It used to be 1 divorce would get you in trouble. With divorce inflation I guess that number is now what? 5? 6?

“I’m very pleased, and I think a lot of other social conservatives in the party are pleased that he is pro-life and pro-family and pro-marriage.”

That makes no sense Ralph. How is Trump “pro marriage/pro family?”

Ralph, divorce is a CHOICE! Jesus said God hates divorce, its in the Bible.

God Created “Adam and Eve”…NOT…”Adam and Eve, then Adam and Jane, then Adam and Jen.”

Divorce will lead to human to animal marriage/divorce.

Its “Until death do us part.”…NOT…”Bring on the next Bimbo.”

How many divorces are you allowed before they take away your family values card?

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

April 21st, 2011
10:36 am

Reed seems very comfortable around criminal “associates.” Wonder who he thinks prospers in NYC’s construction and real estate businesses, by “dancing” with “whom?” Does he think Trump’s casino actually went bankrupt because of losses at the gaming tables? A profound and transparent hypocrite, Reed’s god is Mammon.

Centrist

April 21st, 2011
10:54 am

From the blog above:

“Armed with a 2009 Supreme Court decision that rendered districts with less than 50 percent minority population unworthy of special protection, Georgia Republicans could easily dilute the four-term Democrat’s 44 percent African-American district by dropping black precincts in Savannah and adding heavily white Augusta suburbs. This would create a district much like the one in effect during the late 1990s, a period when Democrats were locked out in the region.”

Democrats LOCKED OUT in regions where there aren’t high concentrations of black votes?? What does that say about the Democratic Party when the U.S. black population is about 13%?

Debbie Dooley

April 21st, 2011
10:54 am

Trump will say or do ANYTHING to feed his ego. He is just the kind of Republican that many Georgians will gravitate to – they watch him on TV every week! We get what we deserve.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

April 21st, 2011
10:58 am

Remember when the LibTards were sooooo upset people could carry handguns with a conceiled carry permit on MARTA?

2 beaten on MARTA train by up to 30 teen attackers chanting ‘B.F.P.L.’… they also stole wallets

so sad that one or more of the feral teens was not killed by someone with a conceiled carry permit. Justifiable self defense

double

April 21st, 2011
11:14 am

Trishdishwareagle where do you bury all your dead,ones you have shot in self defense or because they were liberal lefts.

Last Man Standing

April 21st, 2011
11:14 am

TrishaDishaWarEagle:

“Another one bites the dust”!

Centrist

April 21st, 2011
11:18 am

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Romegaguy

April 21st, 2011
11:19 am

Trump is pro-marriage. [snicker]

As many times as he has done it, he isnt an amateur

Last Man Standing

April 21st, 2011
11:23 am

“In a McClatchy-Marist poll released on Wednesday, Obama posted a one-point lead over Mitt Romney, down from a robust 13-point edge just three months ago. Obama still notched comfortable leads on Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, though both Republicans have gained some ground since January as well.

That indicates that while Obama enjoyed a brief honeymoon to start 2011, the bump has quickly evaporated, and his reelection prospects remain far from certain.”

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/04/poll-obama-loses-ground-to-2012-gopers-leads-romney-by-one-point.php

. . . and it will continue this trend.

JP

April 21st, 2011
11:28 am

A question about Trump’s bankruptcies – how many were there? And is there any case where he can turn that into a positive? Serious question.

Last Man Standing

April 21st, 2011
11:29 am

double drivel:

“Trishdishwareagle where do you bury all your dead,ones you have shot in self defense or because they were liberal lefts.”

Checked your back yard lately?

OMG

April 21st, 2011
11:32 am

I WANT TRUMP TO BE PRESIDENT! We can have casinos everywhere! I love gambling. Please, please keep Trump high in the polls. Georgia, Washington, D.C. and all across the United States we will create jobs with casinos. I love this idea. Please Please Please Trump for President to create jobs with casinos, apprentice programs under Trump (without any “You’re Fired”), and Miss America Pageants held once a month to create more jobs. Bring on Trump–he’s my only hope for casinos everywhere. Reed knows he was in bed with the casino crowd–and almost went to jail with his pals. Long live Trump for President!

Joe Mama

April 21st, 2011
11:34 am

TDWE — “2 beaten on MARTA train by up to 30 teen attackers chanting ‘B.F.P.L.’… they also stole wallets

so sad that one or more of the feral teens was not killed by someone with a conceiled carry permit. Justifiable self defense”

I’m not a lawyer, but I’m pretty sure that killing someone who’s robbing you (and who isn’t themselves carrying a firearm) is *not,* in and of itself, justifiable self-defense. I suspect that the ‘clear to shoot and kill the perp’ bar is somewhat higher than that.

Have we got any law enforcement officers on the board who can comment knowledgeably on that topic?

Centrist

April 21st, 2011
11:35 am

President Obama has not yet started to campaign. He will have a huge money advantage, bullypulpit, Air Force One, the media, power to bestow favors to select states with electoral votes, and relatively weak opposition in either party. Unless he makes a stupid speech about malaise in America or has a disastrous situation like Carter did with the Iran hostages and failed rescue attempt – he is a strong favorite to be re-elected. The Republicans do not have a candidate like Ronald Reagan.

GaBlue

April 21st, 2011
11:36 am

I would prefer to take my (vicious, killer) personal guard puppy on MARTA, (what a good girl!) but how would she get back home after kissing me goodbye at the airport? And, would she have to buy another ticket if she left the station at Five Points to poop? It can be a long ride when you have to go…

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

April 21st, 2011
11:40 am

The Second Amendment is a manifestation of Classical Liberalism born of the Age of Reason. Formerly only the elite and their minions could carry personal weapons (or own other means of personal combat, i.e. horses).

It is fascistic (right-wing) to oppose citizen sovereignty and promote elite rule (king/pope etc) with the People disarmed.

Sovereignty is an illusion unless it can be instantly upheld, hence the Second Amendment.

What a shame to see those on the correct side of the illegal immigration issue for the wrong reason (i.e. transparent racism).

American Exceptionalism is predicated on our being the fulfillment of ancient prophecy: that all nations of the world shall flow into a new nation ruled only by Truth and Justice, the People, essentially a nation of righteous priests, sovereign under G-d alone: “Annuit Coeptis.”

Whigs founded Our Nation and the Beast won’t be casting itself into the Pit. The People must unite against “Babylon” and do the pushing.

Jesse Ventura for President 2012

TrishaDishaWarEagle

April 21st, 2011
11:48 am

@joe mama..

It is my definition of justifiable use of deadly force to kill one or more members of a 30 person gang beating and robbing you (or to kill them in defense of the person they are beating and robbing)

It’s not like those feral teens have any value.

Joe Mama

April 21st, 2011
11:48 am

JE — “American Exceptionalism is predicated on our being the fulfillment of ancient prophecy: that all nations of the world shall flow into a new nation ruled only by Truth and Justice, the People, essentially a nation of righteous priests, sovereign under G-d alone: “Annuit Coeptis.”

It’s eye-of-newt abracadabra crap like that that makes me glad I’m an atheist.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

April 21st, 2011
11:50 am

@LMS

It is funny because my favorite scene in Men in Black is where the alien bug in the Edgar suit asks the foreign guy “where do you keep your dead?” And the little indian dude says “I have no dead, ..Those are 3 for $1″

Joe Mama

April 21st, 2011
11:52 am

TDWE — “It is my definition of justifiable use of deadly force to kill one or more members of a 30 person gang beating and robbing you (or to kill them in defense of the person they are beating and robbing)”

That may be, and I don’t dispute that that’s how you feel. I’m just saying that from a legal perspective, I think you might find *yourself* the target of criminal charges in such a situation. I don’t know that for a fact, though, and that’s why I asked if we had any LEOs who could comment knowledgeably on the topic. Maybe we have a cop or state trooper passing by who could sound off on that.

“It’s not like those feral teens have any value.”

I feel pretty sure that the ‘they needed killin’ argument would not be an acceptable legal defense.

KGray

April 21st, 2011
11:54 am

Centrist, Your racism is showing this morning. I doubt if they will realign the state so that African American are left out and give an advantage to Whites. Please, you are correct in your blog about the President have money advantage; because, my sorority is donating $100,000 to his re-elction campaign. GO OBAMA!

Last Man Standing

April 21st, 2011
11:58 am

Joe Mama:

The key factor would be that the person(s) beaten were “in fear for their life”. I think I would be in fear of losing my life if accosted and beaten by a gang of that number, or any number for that matter. I think any reasonable person would have feared for their life.

There is a saying among law enforcement people: I’d rather be tried by twelve than carried by six.

Enemas for Easter

April 21st, 2011
11:58 am

What does shooting people on MARTA have to do with Trump running for president?

Joe Mama

April 21st, 2011
12:02 pm

LMS — “The key factor would be that the person(s) beaten were “in fear for their life”. I think I would be in fear of losing my life if accosted and beaten by a gang of that number, or any number for that matter. I think any reasonable person would have feared for their life.”

You may be right on that point, but I still think it might wind up going to a jury before that determination were made. That’s the point I was trying to make.

“There is a saying among law enforcement people: I’d rather be tried by twelve than carried by six.”

I’ve got cop friends in Alabama; I’ve heard that expression many times. :)

E4E — “What does shooting people on MARTA have to do with Trump running for president?”

Nothing, threadmarm. :p

double

April 21st, 2011
12:03 pm

Trish Marta Vigilante -LMS I know you remember-this person was not gun permitted.But civil court got him.Hey I agree a few good shootings would deter,but then the civil part you can’t determine.

Last Man Standing

April 21st, 2011
12:03 pm

Centrist:

“Centrist, Your racism is showing this morning.”

Welcome to the club, although I can’t see anything in your postings that would qualify you as a racist. Maybe it is now racist for a person perceived as white to even speak the name of the Annointed One.

Wondering

April 21st, 2011
12:04 pm

Joe Mama: If someone starts taking swings at me, I will defend myself by any means necessary. Self defense is one of our basic rights. I may only take out a few of them (my clip doesn’t hold 30 rounds), but I wouldn’t just sit there and let them harm me or others. I think the jury would agree with my defense.

Last Man Standing

April 21st, 2011
12:10 pm

Joe Mama:

The presentment would or not be made to a grand jury at the discretion of the D.A. The grand jury can then, if it is presented, “no bill”, or refuse to indict, or “true bill”, indict for trial. I normal cases, I’d say that it would be no-billed twice, and that would be the end of it. If the attackers were black and the victim (shooter) was white, it may well end up being tried. Then we will see endless TV coverage of a mother saying, “My boy is a goot boy, he wouldn’t do nothing like that.”

Last Man Standing

April 21st, 2011
12:12 pm

Joe Mama:

I can’t type without errors this AM! Maybe you get the gist of my post, though?

Wondering

April 21st, 2011
12:15 pm

I know the code is not the complete law, but it is a starting point.

A person is justified in threatening or using force against another when and to the extent that he or she reasonably believes that such threat or force is necessary to defend himself or herself or a third person against such other’s imminent use of unlawful force; however, except as provided in Code Section 16-3-23, a person is justified in using force which is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm only if he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent death or great bodily injury to himself or herself or a third person or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony. O.C.G.A. § 16-3-21

The real point is that in that situaion, no one has time to look up the law or consult with an attorney. Defend yourself and the innocent and let the jury decide if it was reasonable.

Last Man Standing

April 21st, 2011
12:16 pm

Wondering:

” I think the jury would agree with my defense.”

I would submit that it depends upon your race. If you’re black, you’ll walk. If you’re white and the jury is mostly black, you’re in trouble. I imagine that this happened in either Fulton or DeKalb County. If that is correct, what do you think the jury will look like?

TrishaDishaWarEagle

April 21st, 2011
12:18 pm

@LMS yep..seems there was never a guilty or bad son born in the ghetto, when “dey mamma” gets on tv.

MiltonMan

April 21st, 2011
12:20 pm

KGray, please tell us what sorority is wasting their money on the Obozo. I will make sure that I do not participate in any charitable events with these young & ignorant yound ladies.

gm

April 21st, 2011
12:26 pm

Last Man Standing

Nobody cares about Fox news and 3 times college drop out Sean Hannity polls, do honestly think people of color going to vote for these conservatives idiots you guys have running against Obama, especially trump going around trying to degrade the President of the United States.

MiltonMan

April 21st, 2011
12:28 pm

I can hardly wait for the racist “Rev” Lowery to stick his ignorant head into redistricting. The clown has joined a lawsuit suing the North Fulton County cities that created “super white majority” areas.

And to think that Andy Stanley would invite this piece of crap to step inside of North Point Church.

Gman

April 21st, 2011
12:28 pm

MiltonMan, your momma is a member of that sorority didn’t you know?

TrishaDishaWarEagle

April 21st, 2011
12:28 pm

MiltonMan, probably the AKAs or DSTs

@Nopoint.. I agree, no reason for you to hang around..May I suggest kevorkian?

Centrist

April 21st, 2011
12:29 pm

I resent being called a racist. I merely pointed out that this blog has an item about how Democrats can’t compete unless there is a large black minority in the voting district. It was the blog statement which is racist. If this were so, Democrats would NOT be holding a majority in the Senate and have a party member serving as president.

Gman

April 21st, 2011
12:29 pm

MiltonMan, your momma invited Rev Lowery into her house. Why can’t Andy Stanley?

MiltonMan

April 21st, 2011
12:30 pm

gm – pissed that a 3-time college dropout makes more money in an hour than he/she makes in a year. If nobody cares about FOX, why does FOX outdraw CNN??? Pal, do not let the facts interfere with your ignorance.

MiltonMan

April 21st, 2011
12:31 pm

Gman, nice attempt on a third grade level. Good to see you have advanced from potty training.

Joe Mama

April 21st, 2011
12:32 pm

Wondering — “Joe Mama: If someone starts taking swings at me, I will defend myself by any means necessary. Self defense is one of our basic rights.”

If someone is only swinging fists and you reply with a firearm, I suspect you’re going to catch charges.

“I may only take out a few of them (my clip doesn’t hold 30 rounds), but I wouldn’t just sit there and let them harm me or others. I think the jury would agree with my defense.”

Shrug. I don’t think so, but hey, it’d be your trial, not mine.

Gman

April 21st, 2011
12:33 pm

MiltonMan, that’s not whay your momma said!

gm

April 21st, 2011
12:33 pm

Reed a typical rep conservatives hypocrite christians, if this was Obama with 4 ex wifes, 2 misttress, this hypocrites would have been marching and screaming out loud to have Obam head.
This is the history of rep conservatives hypocrites these are the same bible people that lynched blacks with the rope in one hand and speak out the bible in the other one.

MiltonMan

April 21st, 2011
12:33 pm

Gman, my mom has been deceased for awhile. But if talking about being intimidate with someone who is dead is your thing, don’t let me stop you.

MiltonMan

April 21st, 2011
12:34 pm

gm – ignorant as they get. Much be a by-product of the APS system.

Gman

April 21st, 2011
12:34 pm

Now hear this! TV ratings are NOT an indication of quality (i.e. American Idol).

MiltonMan

April 21st, 2011
12:36 pm

Gman – trying to make stupidity look cool. Keep it up!