Sunday, April 29, 2007

Take that, James Dobson

Christopher Hitchens publicizes a little known fact about Rove:
"Has anyone in the Bush administration confided in you about being an atheist?
Well, I don’t talk that much to them—maybe people think I do. I know something which is known to few but is not a secret. Karl Rove is not a believer, and he doesn’t shout it from the rooftops, but when asked, he answers quite honestly. I think the way he puts it is, “I’m not fortunate enough to be a person of faith.”"
Think that ever came up during all those conference calls among Rove and religious right leaders coordinating efforts in 2004 to get Bush re-elected? Or during those cozy consultations between Rove and Dobson over Harriet Miers' religion and judicial philosophy?

David Kuo has previously written on the hypocrisy of the Bush administration in matters of religion:
The conversation between Mr. Wilson and Mrs. Viars comes amid publication of another book that perhaps should be required reading for evangelical conservatives: "Tempting Faith." Author David Kuo worked in the White House office for the faith-based social initiatives that were a foundation block of Mr. Bush's 2000 platform. The book recounts his disillusionment with officials, up to the president. On his promotional tour, Mr. Kuo is calling for Christians to "fast" from politics for two years.

From pages 229-230: At the White House, "They know 'the nuts' were politically invaluable, but that was the extent of their usefulness.….National Christian leaders received hugs and smiles in person and then were dismissed behind their backs and described as 'ridiculous,' 'out of control,' and just plain 'goofy.'"
So Hitchens' tidbit is just further indication of the likely internal White House dynamics Kuo reported.

The piling on to this sunken White House is almost too easy these days.