September 10th, 2010
03:24 PM ET
12 years ago

Ralph Reed's comeback – with a little help from his friends Newt and Karl

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Ralph Reed is the head of the Faith and Freedom Coalition."]Washington (CNN) - Ralph Reed beamed in the back corner of the colonial ballroom at Washington, DC's Mayflower Hotel as Republican Congressman Lynn Westmoreland spoke. Reed clapped the loudest as Westmoreland laid out the plan for social conservatives to get involved in November's mid term elections.

"We need you in November worse than you can imagine," Westmoreland told the crowed at the Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing.

Of course, this is also Reed's handiwork. He's the former head of the Christian Coalition and now the head of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. He organized the conference to bring high-powered conservatives to address the conference to help mobilize faith voters.

Former George Bush adviser Karl Rove received a standing ovation from the crowd as he stepped up to the podium. He reminded the crowd the midterm elections are just a few weeks away. "Remember who are target is, it's not people who are already with us, it's people who are up in the air," he said. "We have to use the words of our opponents to indict themselves. We have to offer a vision."

Reed is seen here as an important messenger of that vision and the crowd embraced him with rousing applause when he welcomed them. He told the group here his motivation for starting the new coalition came after watching the 2008 election unfold. He compared the Republican effort to that of the Washington Generals basketball team that plays against the Harlem Globe Trotters.

"That was us in 2008, we showed up to get beat," he said. Not long after the 2008 election Reed says he got a call from radio and television host Sean Hannity who implored Reed to get back in the political game and organize social conservatives as he once had with the Christian Coalition.

Reed said his new coalition is gaining 1,000 new members a day. One way he said they are able to grow so quickly is with shoe leather hitting the streets. "All the money in the world can't substitute a strong grass roots organization," Reed said.

That organization he promised would, "make a lot of noise in the next 50 days." The group he says will push for several ideas. He said they wanted to see an end to stimulus funding, corporate bail outs, repeal the recent health care legislation, and to "stop apologizing for America like Barack Obama did in his speech to Cairo."
The big draw of the morning was former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Gingrich says he this the coming mid term elections, "could be bigger than the 1994 election." He said, "I believe the election of 2010 and 2012 will be a referendum on values."

The biggest response from the crowd came when Gingrich began talking about radical Islam. "What threatens us isn't terrorism what threatens us is radical Islam." He said the current administration has missed the mark on national security. "They willfully desire to avoid reality," he said.

In another example, Gingrich then pointed to comments New York City Independent Mayor Michael Bloomberg made after the attempted car bombing in Times Square when he suggested the bomber could be upset with the new healthcare legislation. "There aren't car bomb factories sitting around America among tea parties members angry about the health care bill." Similarly, he continued, "this administration is an absolute impediment to protecting our country and defeating our enemies."

In closing Gingrich echoed the theme from the podium all morning. "You have to take this moral framework but then you have to roll up your sleeves and apply it."

This conference is evidence Reed is doing exactly that.

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    Ralph Reed, Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich – they're all scumbags in my opinion.

    They love to go on about "morals and "values" – like they have any!

    – Newt with his many divorces and affairs.
    – Reed and his religious hypocrisy.
    – Rove and his blatant manipulation of votes using wedge issues to convince people to vote against their own self-interest.

    All these three care about is power and money – and they've shown time and again they don't care about the average American.

    Only a fool would look to these three stooges and think they should ever vote for them or their policies.

    September 10, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. GOP Hates America

    This christian inbreed will keep seeking for power watch out for this guy another PNAC moron wanting to use our blood to advance his Christian agenda

    September 10, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    Blah, blah, blah!! Same old Fear-Mongering coming from the RepubliCAN'T factory!!!

    DEMOCRATS – STATE your CASE – UNITE your BASE and WIN this RACE in November, 2010!!

    Yes We Can!!!

    September 10, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. sonny chapman

    Isn't there a Commandment against using God's name for promoting agendas ? Especially agendas based on hate ?

    September 10, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. Daniel

    Ralph Reed is a disgrace to Christianity. His double-dealing dishonesty should disqualify him from any political respectability.

    September 10, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Nick

    This dirtbag should stay under his rock along with Newt, Tom, Dick, George, Rush, shaun, Karl, Sara and a few others. America will never succeed as long as these people continue to divide us.

    September 10, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Jilli

    Good lord, the sleaziest are slithering out from their hidey-holes!! Ralph Reed...BWAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!

    I give this crew 10 years and all their followers will have died off. They're neanderthals.

    September 10, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. NVa Native

    This nasty little nest of social and political terrorists need to be flushed down the toilet. And their so-called churches need to be taxed like all other for-profit businesses. All they preach is hate and ignorance, while trying to controlpeoples minds and freedoms.
    They would be the ones who would plot to kill Jesus if he did come back.

    September 10, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    God, please schedule that whole John Darby invented "rapture" clause these clowns believe in, while they are all in one spot!

    "The wages of sin are death".

    That applies to you backwood Baptists and other evangelicals just as it does to this "heathen".

    "Rapture" may make you feel self-righteous but it will not "save" you.

    Google John Darby rapture 1827, or buy a vowel!

    September 10, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Republican Faith – C-Street gang. If you get caught, lie. Pay off the other person, lie.

    Vitter, Ensign, Sanford . . . . . . Republican Faith my arse.

    September 10, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. malabar

    I thought it was tea partiers who flew those planes into the WTC, shot up ft hood, beat up the conservative African American at '09s summer townhall, held hostages at the Discovery Netwrk, molested the pig intern, came under sniper fire, said God damn America, put bombs in their shoes, boycotted an entire state with rep AND dem residents, liked Obamas lack of a negro dialect, created Rangels problems, set up former v.p. candidate edwards with whore r. hunter, etc. . . HAHAHA, of course repubs are no Saints, just a reminder of SOME of the thngs the left seems to 4get. oh yeah, repubs forced every single high ranking dem to lie and profess a belief in a higher power, a.k.a. God

    September 10, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. BloombergDweeb

    Hope the conservatives, not republicans pick someone to run in 012.

    September 10, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. mike

    Conservatives don't have anyone else to go to and get what they want so the only support they will get is from the Christian right because there paranoid outlook on everyone who don't share there same ideas this is about there influence on government to change the laws for there own religious beliefs and as long as it doesn't cost the conservatives any money and they get there votes they make great bed fellows

    September 10, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Return of the Zombies

    "You have to take this moral framework but then you have to roll up your sleeves and apply it." – DopeSmokingDraftDodgingCompulsiveLiarWhoDivorcedHisDyingWifeAndIsOnTheThirdNow Gingrich

    "Remember who our target is, it's not people who are already with us" -TheNeverMissAnOpportunityToThreatenOrScareOrLie Rove

    That organization he promised would, "make a lot of noise in the next 50 days." – JustTheNoiseMa'am Reed

    September 10, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. Mike Kowalczyk, San Geronimo

    "We need you in November worse than you can imagine."

    That is a telling way to put it. Republicans like Newt and Karl do indeed need social conservatives in the worst way. They need them because these leaders have followed an agenda, and represents financial interests, which are completely at odds with their base. So, they need people like Ralph Reed (formerly best friend and partner in crime with Jack Abramoff) to foment fear and phony wedge issues, appealing to base fears and anger, to carry the Party forward.

    I hope Tea Partiers wake up to the many ways in which they are being used by the rich and powerful...before it's too late.

    September 10, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. Jeff in Houston

    Ahhhh....the American Taliban, alive and well.

    September 10, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. NVa Native

    There's nothing Christian about the "Christian Coallition".
    The same way the "moral majority" was neither.

    September 10, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. greg in jax fl

    Ralph, Newt and Karl... yeah, thats who i think of when it comes to morality.

    September 10, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    Oh how nice. A comeback with the help of a disgraced rethug who cheated on his wife dying of cancer.
    There's family values for you. "Moral framewor"? What does he know about morals?
    and the clincher There aren't car bomb factories sitting around America among tea parties members angry about the health care bill."
    No, just bombing clinics and killing doctors at church.

    September 10, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. SayWhat

    " We have to offer a vision."
    We know what your vision is Herr Rove, the same vision as that of your fellow weasels, Gingrich and Reed – wrap yourself in the flag and hold your one hand on the Holy Bible while you grab for money and power with the other. These types of people are the worst types of hypocrites and it is beyond comprehension why they are not run out of town on a rail.

    September 10, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. larry

    This is not a moral framework, it is a Moron framework.

    September 10, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. Adalbert

    This religious fanatic is a sensationalist egomaniac. He is interested in publicity and he is getting it. In today’s twisted culture the more ridicules one gets the more money one is making. Like beck, palin, fox and the big fat drug addict.

    September 10, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Newt needs a reality check because his personal life is a toxic mix of it's own doing. Newt + Morality = No moral framework

    September 10, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. rdepontb

    Golly gee-the Lee Atwater of the religious right want back in!

    Karl, if you have anything to do with this, please reconsider what a tainted brand this guy is. We do not need his twisty logic in the equation, not now and not for a while, if ever again.

    September 10, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. GAR

    This gathering of neo-fascists is a warning to all Americans that our freedom is at stake. Vote NO on the reich wing agenda.

    September 10, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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