Thursday, October 12, 2006

The Bushites Make Fun of Evangelicals!

In case you missed it, last night Countdown featured part one of Keith Olbermann's exclusive expose' on a book written by David Kuo, former special assistant to Gee Dubya, himself.

Kuo is a conservative Christian who is exposing how the Bushites really feel about the religious nutjobs they've been manipulating. Yep, they call evangelicals nuts too (just like I do):

[Kuo] 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.

More seriously, 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.”

Nineteen out of the 20 targeted races were won by Republicans, Kuo reports. The outreach was so extensive and so powerful in motivating not just conservative evangelicals, but also traditionally Democratic minorities, that Kuo attributes Bush’s 2004 Ohio victory “at least partially … to the conferences we had launched two years before.”

If you missed it, you can play the video here.

The title of the book is Tempting Faith and it'll be released Oct. 16th

Besides being amused about how gullible the religious right has been, I'm relieved that maybe the Bushites aren't trying to engender an armageddon after all.

Olbermann will continue reporting on this book in tonight's newscast.