For years they had to make a choice between the lesser of evils--two parties with meaningless differences--and so, they didn't vote. Who cares about taxes or even gun control when both parties had been led by people religious only in photo-ops before elections? Sure, abortions were a serious issue, but still, there was a feeling that no one really cared.
Then came Bush, a born-again Christian admitting to his addictions and sharing his regrets; one of us: fragile yet decisive.
He cared about the life of Terri Schiavo (he cared so much, he even tried to save her life in the middle of his vacation), and he cared about the sanctity of marriage, and he cared about the ten commandments, and he cared about the lives of those poor stem-cells, as if anyone even knows what it means.
So they stood by him. So many of them voted for Bush, even Diebold executives were left in shock. They supported the war in Iraq and Social Security reform, and they averted their eyes when the budget tanked and their civil liberties were taken away. Heck, they could even stand an Abramoff or two, and a Delay and a Kerik and Halliburton and CIA outing and Abu-Ghraib and Guantanamo torture and Afghanistan and Iran and North Korea and... Gosh help us all... even the Foley cover-up.
How said is it for them to find out it was all a lie; that trying so hard to reach God, they had signed a deal with the Devil? First, Little Tucker admits "elites in the Republican Party have pure contempt for the evangelicals who put their party in power," and then the excerpts from a revealing new book by David Kuo, which claims "some of the nation’s most prominent evangelical leaders were known in the office of presidential political strategist Karl Rove as 'the nuts.' . . . 'ridiculous,' 'out of control,' and just plain 'goofy.'"
It must have been great to imagine the party in power cared about them. Stay home next time. Nobody cares.