Friday, October 13, 2006

GOP Chances Sinking

So is the GOP just rearranging the anchors on their Ship of State?..... "Faced with a deteriorating political climate, Republican Party officials are hoping to keep control of the House and Senate with a strategy aimed at shoring up enough endangered incumbents to preserve their majorities...." (WaPo)

The Decider's bull horn is at full blast, broadcasting his firm belief that the Republicans will maintain their majorities in both chambers. Bush even showed up personally in Illinois to boost the campaign of his Speaker of the House, Foley-enabling Dennis Hastert.

Part of the strategy, "GOP Redirects Funds From Faltering Races." And there are plenty of those races thanks to Foley, Iraq, immigration, Abramoff, DeLay, "Macaca" Allen and the GOP crooks in Ohio.... need I go on?

But, they probably congratulate themselves on the fact that at least the GOP can count on the religious right to save them at the polls. Think again. Things are about to get a lot worse for Bush's faithful.

Besides the religious conservatives obvious disillusionment over the Foley page scandal, on October 16 the J. David Kuo book, "Tempting Faith.... An Inside Account of the Rise of Christian Conservatives and Their Betrayal by the Bush White House" is set to be unleashed.

And, on Sunday the 15th, Kuo is scheduled to appear on CBS's widely viewed "60 Minutes."

Why is this important? Because of conservative Kuo's credentials and the tell-all nature of his memoir.

Kuo is the former deputy director of President Bush's Office of Faith-Based Initiatives and a Special Assistant to the President from 2001 to 2003. He has worked for numerous leading GOP conservatives including John Ashcroft, William Bennett, Jack Kemp, Bob Dole and Ralph Reed.

In his book, Kuo charges that the Bush administration manipulated many people of faith. That prominent evangelical leaders were referred to as "the nuts" who received hugs and smiles in person, but behind their backs were described as "ridiculous," "out of control," and just plain "goofy."

Kuo alleges that the White House political affairs director, Ken Mehlman, knowingly participated in a scheme to use faith-based events, and taxpayer money, to mount supposed "nonpartisan" events in order to mobilize religious voters in 20 targeted races.

Just as the page-stalking Foley was left in place to co-chair the GOP Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus, the White House coldly used their faithful while abusing them and their trust.


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