…it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross – Sinclair Lewis
Tomorrow the Family Research Council is hosting another Value Voters Summit in DC and sporting a roster of conservative politicians and pundits that could make some nauseous watching their heads spin.Â It includes the Kansas Attorney General, Phill Kline, who wants to invade the privacy ofÂ women in order to shut down Planned Parenthood and other low-cost reproductive health providers. There are bigger names in politics attending including Alberto “whatever the prez wants” Gonzales and Newt “I have another revolution left” Gingrich.
They are gearing up for the last month of mid-terms and laying the groundwork for ’08.Â It will be interesting to see what “distractions” they rig up to provide the sub-plot for fear and war.Â I imagine the same-old “issues” will be easy for them to recycle.Â If anybody sees transcripts or some other content from the events, I would love to get the links.Â See, I have this idea for a daily calendar – Hate and the hating haters…Â
UPDATE Apparently they won’t sink to any level:
From the New York Times:
Even in this crowd of nearly 2,000 Christian conservative activists, some balked at one tactic recommended to turn out church voters. In a workshop, Connie Marshner, a veteran organizer, distributed a step-by-step guide that recommended obtaining church directories and posing as a nonpartisan pollster to ask people how they planned to vote.Â â€œHello, I am with ABC polls,â€ a suggested script began.Â
Some attendees complained that the script seemed deceptive, Ms. Marshner said in an interview afterward. She said that such disguised calls were a common campaign tactic, that it was just a suggested script and that she never recommended answering a direct question with a lie.Â Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, who played host to the conference, said he was â€œupsetâ€ to learn of her instructions and condemned any deception.Â
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of the liberal group Americans United for Separation of Church and State, called the tactic â€œdisgracefulâ€ and â€œa desecration of the church.â€Â
“seemed deceptive?”Â Ya think?Â But notice it took a liberal to take them to task while good old Tony was simply “upset.”Â Upset at the tactic or that it was being reported on in the Times?