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POLITICS/PHARMA: Bush Aides Called Evangelicals ‘Nuts’

TfApparently Karl Rove and friends think that the religious right is nuts

A new book by a former White House official says that President Bush’s top political advisors privately ridiculed evangelical supporters as "nuts" and "goofy" while embracing them in public and using their votes to help win elections. The former official also writes that the White House office of faith-based initiatives, which Bush promoted as a nonpolitical effort to support religious social-service organizations, was told to host pre-election events designed to mobilize religious voters who would most likely favor Republican candidates. The assertions by David Kuo, a top official in the faith-based initiatives program, have rattled Republican strategists already struggling to persuade evangelical voters to turn out this fall for the GOP.

I can’t say that I disagree with them. But if the sophisticated Bushie’s are merely using the religious right to win elections and otherwise ignore them when they govern—as many on the religious right have said—why did they have to give them control over the FDA and other allegedly “neutral” agencies that regulate science in the process?

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David Kuo was interviewed on 60 Minutes last night. He came off as a decent guy (althought naive) who found out how the Bush Administration put faith politics for power ahead of just plan old spirituality. How they wrapped themselves in compassionate clothing to hide the wolf beneath. How they turned committments of funds into abandonment of “principle”. I suggest those interested in a more intellectual analysis of the rise of the “New Republicans” and the use of religion in American politics read Kevin Phillip’s book “American Theocracy”. Iran has nothing on us except a different faith.