Do GOP leaders think evangelical Christians are “nuts”?
posted at 11:39 am on October 12, 2006 by Allahpundit
Just got an e-mail with a link to this article from the lovely KP, who adds snottily, “Nice party you have.”
Doesn’t she mean, “Nice party we have”?
But I digress.
More than five years after President Bush created the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, the former second-in-command of that office is going public with an insider’s tell-all account that portrays an office used almost exclusively to win political points with both evangelical Christians and traditionally Democratic minorities…
Kuo, who has complained publicly in the past about the funding shortfalls, goes several steps further in his new book.
He says some of the nation’s most prominent evangelical leaders were known in the office of presidential political strategist Karl Rove as “the nuts.”
“National Christian leaders received hugs and smiles in person and then were dismissed behind their backs and described as ‘ridiculous,’ ‘out of control,’ and just plain ‘goofy,’” Kuo writes.
This reminds me of jihadi sympathizers who celebrate 9/11 as a great victory, then turn around and tell you Mossad did it. Leftists need to decide: is Bush a fundie nutjob who’s ready to usher in the Rapture with a few well placed ICBMs? Or is he a calculating secularist who thinks the idea of a Rapture is silly and mock-worthy? Can’t have it both ways, boys.
Of course, in theory, you also can’t believe that Bush is both (a) a stuttering mongoloid and (b) Hitler. But that hasn’t stopped the Olberdouche, for example, who was doing plenty of crank-yanking about this on last night’s show. Well, fine, in that case. At least it spares us from yet another 12-minute “special comment” experiment in just how rich a shade of purple English prose can get.
We’re laughing about this, but we really shouldn’t be. New today from Gallup:
Mark Foley’s loss is the Red Letter Christians’ gain!
And speaking of Foley, here’s the latest:
[I]nvestigators for the House ethics committee are bearing down on three senior members of Hastert’s staff to determine when they learned of Foley’s actions and whether they passed on their knowledge to the speaker.
The three — chief of staff Scott Palmer, deputy chief of staff Mike Stokke and counsel Ted Van Der Meid — have formed a palace guard around Hastert (R-Ill.) for years, attaining great degrees of power and unusual autonomy to deal with matters of politics, policy and House operations. They are also remarkably close. Palmer and Stokke have been with Hastert for decades. They live together in a Capitol Hill townhouse and commute back to Illinois on weekends.
According to WaPo, Hastert himself also shares a townhouse with Palmer. Recall too that since this scandal broke, we’ve learned that former House clerk Jeff Trandahl is homosexual, as is Kirk Fordham, who was Tom Reynolds’s chief of staff until the scandal broke. As is, of course, Mark Foley.
Is everyone in the GOP gay?
Update: ALF is pissed: “Starting salary in the Bush administration? 30 Pieces of Silver.”
Update: An interesting analogy below from Ennuipundit:
By serving up the Evangelicals on a platter to the Republican party, Christian leaders marginalized them, the same way that the so-called Civil Rights leaders marginalized African-American voters by offering them en masse to the Democrats. Once convinced that the other side is not going to listen to you, take you seriously and care about what matters to you, the side you support then can stop listening to you, taking you seriously and caring about what matters to you.
Breaking on Hot Air