Thursday, October 12, 2006

"Because I know them."

Andrew Sullivan recently posted an exchange between Tucker Carlson and Chris Matthews, in which Carlson points out a fairly obvious truth that's still worth expressing in this simple, direct way:
CARLSON: It goes deeper than that though. The deep truth is that the elites in the Republican Party have pure contempt for the evangelicals who put their party in power. Everybody in...

MATTHEWS: How do you know that? How do you know that?

CARLSON: Because I know them. Because I grew up with them. Because I live with them. They live on my street. Because I live in Washington, and I know that everybody in our world has contempt for the evangelicals. And the evangelicals know that, and they're beginning to learn that their own leaders sort of look askance at them and don't share their values.

MATTHEWS: So this gay marriage issue and other issues related to the gay lifestyle are simply tools to get elected?

CARLSON: That's exactly right. It's pandering to the base in the most cynical way, and the base is beginning to figure it out.

2 Comments:

Anonymous pf said...

But does the "evangelical" (not sure about the choice of that term) base really care what the leaders' values are, as long as legislators do what they want them to?

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would say that they did; if it's important to them that the whole country live according to "evangelical" values (thru behavior-dictating legislation) then it would follow that "evaangelicals" want everyone to be like themselves. -- tavia

11:49 AM  

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