Friday, February 10, 2006

Jacked Up

Every once in a while, it’s fun to watch the self-appointed high and mighty take a stumble.

So we at Holier Than Thou have been particularly pleased to see a leading Conservative Christian figure with his eye on a political office have his proverbial feet of clay crumble out from under him for his close ties to embattled and indicted GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Specifically, this Holy Warrior received $4.2 million from Abramoff to launch a public relations and lobbying campaign to mobilize Christian voters against the opening of new Indian casinos. The catch is that the money was largely donated by other Indian gambling operations that did not oppose the new casinos on Christian moral grounds, but simply didn’t want the competition.

And now that the cat is out of the bag and rank-and-file Christians feel duped by this Evangelical leader, his own political designs are slowly circling the drain.

So, who is this Christian Right leader?

A) Focus on the Family founder James Dobson
B) Crystal Cathedral founder Robert Schuller
C) Former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed
D) Former Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell
E) Ohio Restoration Project founder Russell Johnson

C) Ralph Reed, who is struggling to disassociate himself from Abramoff in the midst of a race for lieutenant governor of Georgia. Since the scandal broke, Reed has seen his fundraising dry up, and his standings in the polls drop into a dead heat with his little-known challenger in the July 18 GOP primary.

Have no fear, we at Holier Than Thou will be watching this one closely!


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