Friday, November 04, 2005

Knaves and Fools of Biblical Proportion

Liberals are frequently attacked because they allegedly look down upon religious fundamentalists as stupid and ignorant louts. Whether or not this allegation is true, the accusers certainly seem to be exhibiting what psychologists call projection.

In this article from the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free registration required), Jack Abramoff's partner, Michael Scanlon, explained why they had funneled casino money to Ralph Reed's consulting firm: "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 wackos get their information [from] the Christian right, Christian radio, e-mail, the Internet and telephone trees."

In other words, not only is the Abramoff crowd a bunch of knaves, but they have contempt for the fools who follow them.

It's not clear whether Abramoff/Scanlon believe that Reed, himself, is a wacko, but the facts set forth in the article certainly prove that he's a hypocrite.

Finally, the article touches on the Abramoff-Norquist-Reed connection that I had discussed here.

I will update as developments warrant.

Hat tip to Crooks and Liars.

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