Wednesday, October 11, 2006

GOP Has Contempt for Evangelical Voters

Tucker Carlson to Evangelicals: Duped

Remember the Jack Abramoff emails which demonstrated how top-level Republican insiders really feel about their evangelical base? Remember when Abramoff referred to co-conspirator Ralph Reed as "crazy, like other folks in the Christian Coalition"?

You'd think that these revelations would've clued in the Jesus voters.

You'd think that they would understand by now that well-paid advisors brief W on which insider terms to use in order to thrill the hearts of fundamentalists. You'd think that they would notice that "their" president rarely attends religious services. Recent books have portrayed GWB as a foul-mouthed and ill-tempered bundle of resentment, likelier to say "motherfucker" and raise the finger than to bend the knee.

Howard Dean described an incident that occurred during a meeting with Bush, when both men were governors. When forced to take a call from a Christian Coalition representative, W stomped off muttering "I hate these people."

Alas, most evangelicals still cling to their hallucinations of Republican piety. Maybe this revelation by Tucker Carlson -- no liberal, he -- will finally awaken the entranced:

[Chris Matthews' Show, Oct. 10, 2006]

CARLSON: It goes deeper than that though. The deep truth is that the elites in the Republican Party have pure contempt for the evangelicals who put their party in power. Everybody in...

MATTHEWS: How do you know that? How do you know that?

CARLSON: Because I know them. Because I grew up with them. Because I live with them. They live on my street. Because I live in Washington, and I know that everybody in our world has contempt for the evangelicals. And the evangelicals know that, and they're beginning to learn that their own leaders sort of look askance at them and don't share their values.

MATTHEWS: So this gay marriage issue and other issues related to the gay lifestyle are simply tools to get elected?

CARLSON: That's exactly right. It's pandering to the base in the most cynical way, and the base is beginning to figure it out.