Beltway GOP: evangelicals are 'nuts, ridiculous, out of control'
It’s not been a good week for the AmTaliban. They are getting no respect. I hope that they like being the GOP’s doormat.
A new book coming out written by the former second-in-command of the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives reveals that the establishment GOP enjoys wiping its dung-laden boots over the Dobsons, Falwells, Bauers, and Schlaflys — and then puts the boot in their asses for good measure.
Keith Olbermann snared an advance copy of self-described conservative Christian David Kuo‘s Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction, and if any of these fundies have received one, they are probably hopping mad right now.
Kuo says what most of us already knew — the Bushies and the Rove machine are just using the holy-rolling bigots to organize, get out the vote and rally the troops by dangling red meat social issues out there that the establishment GOP has no interest in acting upon.
I’m loving it. (MSNBC):
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.”
Gee, do you think they were referring to the likes of Lou Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition?
“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.
Kuo worked for Bill Bennett and former Attorney General John Ashcroft, so he’s got full wingnut cred.
Let’s see how long it takes for the bible-beaters to go after him.
This comes on the heels of last week’s eruption by Tucker Carlson who unloaded on the air to Chris Matthews about the Republican establishment’s distaste for the evangelical Base.
CARLSON: The deep truth is that the elites in the Republican Party have pure contempt for the evangelicals who put their party in power. Everybody inâ€?
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.
In his book Kuo also confirms that the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives has been shamelessly used for politicking and cronyism — by none other than Ken Mehlman.
Kuo alleges that then-White House political affairs director Ken Mehlman knowingly participated in a scheme to use the office, and taxpayer funds, to mount ostensibly “nonpartisan” events that were, in reality, designed with the intent of mobilizing religious voters in 20 targeted races.
According to Kuo, “Ken loved the idea and gave us our marching orders.”
Among those marching orders, Kuo says, was Mehlman’s mandate to conceal the true nature of the events.
Kuo quotes Mehlman as saying, “…(I)t can’t come from the campaigns. That would make it look too political. It needs to come from the congressional offices. We’ll take care of that by having our guys call the office [of faith-based initiatives] to request the visit.”
Do you think Ken will surface in the MSM (he’s been MIA since Foleygate broke) to defend himself against these charges?
I decided to go wading in to see what the Freepi think about Kuo’s book…
Yawn. Another “tell all book” just in time for the election. Predictable.
Why is it predictable? It does not appear to be predictable to me — according to his own words —
“I served in the White House for two-and-a-half years as a Special Assistant to the president and eventually as Deputy Director of the Faith-Based Initiative. I have deep respect, appreciation, and affection for the president. No one who knows him even a tiny bit doubts the sincerity and compassion of his heart. Likewise, the people around the president are good and caring people. I know this firsthand because I experienced it during a health crisis in my own life when their kindness was evident.
That is why writing this is difficult.“
This is from what David Kuo wrote here —
Yet he somehow struggled through, just in time for the scheduled “suppress the vote” campaign.
Does one really expect people in the know to take all these Bush bashing books seriously as they’re released at election time?
Who is Kuo?
Hey, this will work. Lets convince the evangelicals to stay home on election day.
Huh and MSNBC’s so called “conservative” Tucker Carlson is saying the same thing. How convieient for a such a book to come out before an elction for howard dean & co.
It’s fair, Democrats just use blacks, and poor welfare slobs
True…every four years throw them a bone….
Oct. 11: “Countdown” has obtained a copy of new book that suggests the White House repeatedly uses evangelical Christians for their votes, while consistently given them nothing in return.
Well, ah, then all the hyperventalating by the left about Bible studies in the White House can now be ignored, huh?
“Christian Reconstructionists Don’t Get Their Wish to Run Every Aspect of the Bush Adminstration”
Has it ever occurred to the Dim-wits that evangelicals are “using” Republicans, just as surely as Republicans are “using” them? What on earth are they thinking, that religious people, who care about morality, are going to help them regain power and undo what has been accomplished thus far? The faith of evangelicals is not drawn from political belief but the other way around, unlike the secular left. Until they understand this, the Dims will flounder. And when they do understand this, they’ll understand that they’ve plotted and planned for nothing.
I truly believe President Bush through his faith and prayer life is walking with God. If I can be even a small part of that walk then I consider it both an honor and a blessing. There’s a great line in the old country song by Tanya Tucker that goes “step back non-believers or the rain will never come.” We would be out of this WOT a lot sooner if the non-believers would get out of the way!
I am a christain and I don’t feel used by President Bush. I support him 150%
Asking you a totally serious question, have you ever heard of the term “sellout”, especially with the tim
ing of the release of the book and it’s “praise” at MSNBC.
I had the same thought. Hopefully he will get one more chance to do “nothing” for Christians with a Supreme Court appointment.
Wuo is Kho?
Alito and Roberts are “nothing”. Give me a break!
No. But they are open questions. I won’t thank Bush for either of these guys until the first Kulturkampf case comes before this court. If they rule incorrectly on abortion or homo marriage, all bets are off.
Not only did BUSH do “nothing” for Christians with the Alito and Roberts appointments he did “nothing” for originalists and conservatives as well.
No another tell all book…it is another SUPRESS the VOTE attempt.
And illustrates the point by a lovefest with Keith Olbermann. Daily Kos panic notwithstanding, I never understood admin policy to include establishing a theocracy.
JMO, Kuo is a democrat mole.
They are really hoping Christians stay home and don’t vote. Olbermann is just horrible. I heard his diatribe. I do not in one second believe this trashy book. Can the USA not produce any great literature anymore.
Dems trying to surpress the vote. Why trumpet it for them? Really, why?
Wait a minute, here they have been telling us that President Bush has NO nuance. Sure wish they would make up their minds cause these sybils are hard to keep up with.
I think Kuo is interested in social programs and wants to see them increase, whether by “faith based initiatives” or whatever else is convenient. He appears embittered by Bush’s so called Katrina “failings”.
It appears that he’s been an assistant *directly* for the President himself — and *still* — he’s writing this book about *failed promises* and the Evangelical group simply being “used”. This is *not* from the Democrats…
That’s why it was (and will) become clearly apparant that Reagainite (Christian Conservatives) will become active..in a big waaaay in Repubo Primaries. In the next couple election cycles..it’s through primaries that we get “Good people” elected, and kick out the “moderates”..End rant!
These men are both Conservative Catholics. Conservative Catholics and Conservative Evangelicals see eye to eye on many issues. BUSH is a considered a Conservative Evangelical. He appointed two Conservative Catholics to SCOTUS. I have not heard of one complaint from any Conservative Evangelical that Alito and Roberts were no good because they are Conservative Catholics.
From what I have read after this story was posted, Kuo was a Miers supporter and skeptical of Roberts. That says quite a bit.