Cultural Revolutions

Opposition of the Christian Coalition

Ralph Reed long ago proved that he is no conservative.  After Pat Buchanan won the New Hampshire primary in 1996, Buchanan had a legitimate chance to overtake Bob Dole and emerge as the Republican presidential nominee.  One of the major reasons he did not was the active (though largely behind-the-scenes) opposition of the Christian Coalition, its founder, Pat Robertson, and its executive director, Ralph Reed.  Crucial to the eventual nomination of the Senator From Viagra was his victory in the South Carolina primary, a win that owed a great deal to Reed.  Given that Buchanan was as viable a candidate as Dole at the time, Reed’s support for Dole cannot be explained as a mere recognition of political reality.  Instead, Reed’s rejection of Buchanan clearly showed his preference for the type of temporizing, equivocal politics that had long characterized Dole, notwithstanding Reed’s public support for the type of strong social conservatism long championed by Buchanan.  Indeed, the disconnect was so great between the policies espoused by the Christian Coalition and the record of Dole that some wondered whether Buchanan’s Catholicism played a role in the decision to support Dole over Buchanan.

More recently, others have begun to see through Ralph Reed.  In June 2005, the Weekly Standard ran a devastating portrait of Reed by Matthew Continetti.  According to Continetti,...

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