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David Ricardo
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http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/editorial/3455736

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E-mail unearthed in Abramoff investigation reveals the contempt in which lobbyists held the Christian conservatives they wooed as allies

Two federal investigations of the activities of Washington, D.C., lobbyist Jack Abram-off provide a window into the mindset of the cynical group of influence peddlers that received $45 million from Indian tribes to further their gambling interests.

Judging by the sentiments of Mike Scanlon, a former spokesman for U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land, and Abramoff’s secret partner, conservative Christians provided an essential and unwitting tool in the lobbyists’ fight in Louisiana on behalf of the Coushatta tribe against rival gambling operations. Scanlon composed a memo in October 2001 that he sent to Coushatta lawyer Kathy VanHoof and Abramoff describing the role religious radio could play in the effort:

“Simply put,” Scanlon wrote, “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 wackos get their information from the Christian right, Christian radio, mail, the Internet and telephone trees.”

It's not such a surprise to see that the Republican Party blindly panders to what they call "Christian wackos" to win elections, but it is still important to call it out for what it is. Hypocrite politicians who consider their electoral supporters to be foolish pawns in a game to advance their political careers.

[ November 13, 2005, 04:36 PM: Message edited by: David Ricardo ]

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Welcome to politics. Everybody's got a lunatic fringe. You don't think Democrats sometimes privately refer to certain environmentalist and feminist groups as "wackos"?
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Pete at Home
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Gasp! David Ricardo has exposed the secret! Not all Republicans adore each other! Can our two party system survive this revelation?

Probably. [Big Grin]

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Except David quotes them wrong in his own description.

In the quote he listed it states "“Simply put,” Scanlon wrote, “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 wackos get their information from the Christian right, Christian radio, mail, the Internet and telephone trees.”


The person does not say that the Christians are wackos. That is David's spin on it.

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Pete at Home
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What's amazing is that there's a real story here -- an actual underbelly of corruption that could be exposed, but David mangles it.
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msquared,

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The person does not say that the Christians are wackos. That is David's spin on it.

Not really, if the author thinks that the 'wacko' vote is large enough to be influential, then clearly he considers a signficant portion, if not all of the 'Christian right' to be wackos.

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Pete at Home
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LR, read the damned story. Can't you see that David's spin has us straining at gnats here?

The story here isn't that the plutocrats THINK the religious right are wackos, but that the plutocrats PLAYED THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT FOR FOOLS by using the religious vote to PROMOTE something that the religious right dispise.

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How hard is it to play the Religious Right for fools?
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Probably easier than it is to catch someone doing it, and have the proof in black and white to show it to them -- supposing that someone had the brains to use the opportunity that fate had handed them.
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M2,

I was going to mention that but I figured it was in my political interest to let David's spin slide. [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by TomDavidson:
How hard is it to play the Religious Right for fools?

How hard is it to insult an entire group of people when you don't know them? Apparently not too hard, since you did it in one sentence. Yet another example of the lack of respect shown for a large group of people. If I said something like this about feminists (which I am not), I would be shouted down by the left and called a bigot and worse. Ah yes, hypocrisy, I love the smell of it in the morning. (Or in this case, the afternoon.)

[ November 14, 2005, 03:32 PM: Message edited by: Aerto ]

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Who says Tom doesn't know the Religous Right? [Wink]
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