Devil Goes Down in Georgia
A hearty congratulations is in order to voters on the other side of the Savannah River this week.
On Tuesday, Georgia Republicans chose political unknown Casey Cagle as their nominee for Lt. Governor by a 56-44% margin over Ralph Reed, former Chairman of the Georgia GOP and ex-hatchet-man for the now-toothless Christian Coalition.
Reed, whose candidacy was largely undone by links to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, personifies the ongoing fall from grace (pardon the pun) of religious right candidates in the deep South.
Candidates who stake their campaigns exclusively (or whose reputations exclusively focus) on social conservative issues are dropping like flies, alienating independents and Republican voters who care more about "Fiscal Values" than where politicians think they should worship on Sunday.
Of course, this becomes political purgatory once an already narrow-minded campaign is tainted by the mere whiff of a scandal, as happened to Reed in Georgia on the ethics issue and Treasurer candidate Greg Ryberg here in South Carolina on the gambling issue. Voters are already less-inclined to vote for right-wing panderers, God forbid they be hypocrites.
The resounding defeats of candidates like Reed and Ryberg (and Bob Peeler four years ago, for that matter), should send a strong message to the panderers-in-chief of the 2008 Presidential Primary field here in South Carolina - Mitt Romney and George Allen.
Right-wing red meat just ain't what it used to be down here.
For the record, all of us FITS girls are dyed-in-the-wool Calvinists who love us some fire-and-brimstone, predestination and the old, non-P.C. Presbyterian hymnbooks. But we also remember what we learned in Sunday School, that its Jesus' job to judge others, not ours.