AND A BABY-FACED CONSULTANT SHALL LEAD THEM

When one of his fans complimented Ralph Reed by calling him the Christian Lee Atwater, she meant that he combined conservative morality with electoral smarts. But Atwater is gone, and other prominent Republican kingmakers of the Reagan-Bush era--James Baker, Ed Rollins, Charles Black--are out to pasture. To Reed, who last week announced his resignation as executive director of the Christian Coalition, this adds up to what he describes as a "strategic void." The 35-year-old Christian operator is not forsaking God for Mammon, but is seeking to fill that vacuum and lead the religious right to the promised land of real electoral...

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