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What do Republican politicos REALLY think about their Christian "base"? "Wackos"

From a story on Salon.com about the Senate investigation into the activities and dealings of supersleazy Republican superstar lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his former business partner Michael Scanlon:

Consider one memo highlighted in a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday that Scanlon, a former aide to Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, sent the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana to describe his strategy for protecting the tribe's gambling business. In plain terms, Scanlon confessed the source code of recent Republican electoral victories: target religious conservatives, distract everyone else, and then railroad through complex initiatives.

"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.

So, some Republican movers and shakers see religious "wackos" as a tool that can be manipulated to serve a greater political agenda. And this is the party that the Religious Right has married itself to (sold its soul to)? This could end up being an unhappy marriage.

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