Ralph Reed’s Terrifying Book Trailer

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Most progressives left Ralph Reed for dead in 2006. That’s when incriminating e-mails about “humping in some corporate accounts,” coupled with a sound primary thunking in his race for Georgia lieutenant governor, seemed to cast the former head of the Christian Coalition into political exile. And while Reed has attempted to revive his political career of late—mulling a run for Congress in Georgia, opposing health care reform, and attempting to align his new PAC, the Faith and Freedom Coalition, with the Tea Party—he’s a shell of the cocky organizer who once warned opponents, “You don’t know it’s over until you’re in a body bag.”

But with every death comes rebirth. So said the ancients, and so it is with Reed. In his case, “rising from the ashes of his political career” translates to a bright new future in supermarket express-line political thrillers. Reed’s first book, Dark Horse, sold pretty well, and, as one friend raved to me, “it actually wasn’t  that terrible.” But that was only the beginning. Yesterday, Reed tweeted the release of a movie trailer for his latest book, due out in September. (Since when do books get their own trailers?) It’s called The Confirmation, it’s about a Supreme Court confirmation (and so much more!), and it’s a reminder of just how much healthier politics are when Ralph Reed is writing paperbacks about SCOTUS nominees rather than, you know, vetting them. Anyways, we checked out the trailer and can report that it is truly and utterly terrifying. Behold:

The syringe! The syringe! What is going on at the 0:33 mark? Tell us your wildest disaster scenario in the comments. Also, kudos to Ralph for absolutely nailing my writing process at 0:11.

 

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

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Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

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Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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