There were many anti-gay losers in the 2012 election, but few bigger than anti-gay firebrand Ralph Reed, who made his reputation as the political wizard behind Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition and had been betting on the 2012 election to return him to glory.
Reed, you may recall, fell into disgrace a few years back because of his ties to lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who was sentenced to six years in prison for mail fraud, bribery and tax evasion–not exactly the morally upright company you’d expect a bright Christian boy to keep.
After a few years in the wilderness, Reed latched onto the Romney campaign as his chance to show off his skills again, working to create a groundswell of evangelical voters in Ohio who would propel Romney to the White House. After all, it worked in 2004 when the Bush campaign used an anti-marriage equality ballot measure to drive right-wing turnout.
This year, however, not so much. With Romney’s loss in Ohio, Reed, whose baby face masks the heart of a viscous culture warrior, may have confirmed he’s lost his magic touch, much like his old boss, the increasingly irrelevant Robertson.
While he’s still got his Faith and Freedom Coalition to bankroll his extreme ambitions, Ralph looks like he’s no longer be the power player he used to be.
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