The freakishly youthful ex-leader of the Christian Coalition took a beating last night in his primary race for Lt. Governor of Georgia. Ralph Reed had a an early lead and an enviable fundraising apparatus, not to mention the network he'd created after a decade as the Christian Right's poster boy, when he took on unknown State Senator Casey Cagle. One name took Boy Wonder down: Action Jack Abramoff.
Reed's phony Christian moralism took a hit when he was shown to have accepted about $4 million dollars to lobby for legislation that helped Abramoff's Indian casino clients. Cagle pounded away at the hypocrisy of it all and out-choir boyed Reed all the way to the polls.
This marks the first Abramoff-related defeat at the polls.