Check out this devastating post by JohnnyCougar in DKos today. It contains, among other things, a quote from one of TOM DE LAY'S former political strategists about how the Republicans really play the game. The issue at hand here is protecting right-wing Republicans from legal trouble surrounding the skimming of money from Indian casinos.
"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 Wackos. Did you see that everyone? Did the Republican Right's soldiers see that? The Republican leadership SNEERS AT THEM and thinks they're a bunch of suckers. The Republican leaders use the Religious Right's members as tools--to be discarded, presumably, when no longer needed.