Friday, November 04, 2005


It's been pretty obvious for years that the economic branch of the right-wingers - i.e., "the rich" - hold the religious conservatives in contempt, and is shamelessly using them.

Well, they actually wrote it on paper. (Link is to Salon - watch their commercial.)

The Abramoff-Scanlon lobbyist trial is being largely ignored by everyone, including this tiny corner of cyberspace. Because who attends to small potatoes like indicted Republican lobbyists when we have indicted Senators and Whote House Chiefs of Staff to attend to? But it is going on, and it is important.

Anywho, Tom Delay's old aide, Michael Scanlon, revealed the right-wingers contempt for the religious conservative that they call "wackos," in explaining Republican strategy for winning elections:

"The wackos get their information through the Christian right, Christian radio, mail, the internet and telephone trees," Scanlon wrote in the memo, which was read into the public record at a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. "Simply put, we want to bring out the wackos to vote against something and make sure the rest of the public lets the whole thing slip past them."

The brilliance of this strategy was twofold: Not only would most voters not know about an initiative to protect Coushatta gambling revenues, but religious "wackos" could be tricked into supporting gambling at the Coushatta casino even as they thought they were opposing it.


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