Thursday, November 03, 2005


You know how sometimes you read a supposedly negative movie review but reading it you think – that sounds really cool! For example, sometimes philistines see a David Lynch film and say, “It made no sense. It didn’t follow a linear narrative. I couldn’t figure out what the hell was going on.” And I say perfect. I can’t wait to see it. The same group of words can mean different things to different people.

So are you paying attention to the Scanlon –Abramoff scandal? It’s all tied in with DeLay and money laundering and ripping off Indian casinos, playing both sides against each other, getting rich off it and funneling the money into Republican campaigns. Really dirty stuff, or as it’s known around D.C. - the Official Republican Playbook. There was a Senate hearing about these scumbags yesterday and an interesting memo came to light:

"The wackos get their information through the Christian right, Christian radio, mail, the internet and telephone trees," Scanlon wrote in the memo, which was read into the public record at a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. "Simply put, 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 brilliance of this strategy was twofold: Not only would most voters not know about an initiative to protect Coushatta gambling revenues, but religious "wackos" could be tricked into supporting gambling at the Coushatta casino even as they thought they were opposing it.
Scanlon describes his dirty strategy the exact same way that I would. But he’s selling it, mind you. Even Republicans think of the religious right as nutjobs and the general public as morons.

Nutjobs and morons – that’s what the Republicans think of you, Kansas. And Utah. And Alabama. And Wyoming. And...

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