Are the wingnuts preparing for midterms or Armageddon?
If, in a week, say 10 percent of those vaunted Ã¢â‚¬Å“valuesÃ¢â‚¬Â voters (hey, torture is a value!) decide to see what's on Fox Family Channel instead of bothering to vote, the Democrats are going to have themselves a blow-out.
According to a Pew poll released at the beginning of the month, the Republicans' assorted (and sordid) scandals were taking a toll on their zeal: only 57 percent of the GOP's precious 'white Evangelicals' supported the party, down from 78 percent in the 2004 elections. Big drop.
These aren't just voters, they're activists. They're the ground troops manning phone banks and wearing out shoe leather. Without their usual numbers, the GOP are pressing to find volunteers this election cycle; deep in that much-discussed L.A. Times story about Karl Rove's "11th Hour Plan" was this anecdote, which is almost certainly related to the GOPÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s unhappy base:
In the summer, [Rove and Ken Mehlman] invited hundreds of political appointees Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ and Hill staffers, to attend a pep rally in Washington. The event featured appeals to ... volunteer for campaign work in battleground races in the final two weeks of the campaign.
In a twist that resembled an Amway sales meeting more than a political strategy session, they offered those who signed up on the spot a chance to win an iPod and other prizes.Bu there are only so many iPods in the storage room at RNC headquarters, which is why the right is in a fever to rally their base, which means, as always: homos, scary guys in turbans and scary homos in turbans. And Nancy Pelosi, who's from San Francisco where there's an abundance of homos, some of whom are no doubt scary and turbaned.
To get a taste of the season's cheer, you could download Political Research Associates' 20-page report, "Running Against Sodom and Osama: The Christian Right, Values Voters, and the Culture Wars in 2006" (PDF), which, with due respect to the good folks at PRA, is like a 20-page report on water being moist.
I personally like my wing-nuttiness from the horse's Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ um, mouth. So here's a brief tour.
Let's begin with everybody's favorite, Pastor Swank [HT: Sadly, No!]:
It's going to be horrific if Dems get control of government. In fact, there are no words to describe how horrible it will be to live in America if the irreligious Dems gain the driver's seat.Swank fans know that when there are no words to describe a given horror, the good Pastor's never been shy about making one up.