While researching the Huckabee coverage, I thought I remembered seeing a brief blurb in the news a while back in which a senior Whitehouse official called the evangelical Christians nutjobs.
Digging further, I found out that David Kuo, a former Bush speech-writer, wrote about this in his book Tempting Faith.
Kuo’s basic premise for his book is a fundamental anger with Republicans who pander to Christians for their votes, then ignore them after being elected.
It’s not new news, but it’s worth keeping in mind:
Senior White House Officials Described Evangelicals as “Nuts” and “Boorish.” “For most of the rest of the White House staff, evangelical leaders were people to be tolerated, not people who were truly welcomed. No group was more eye-rolling about Christians than the political affairs shop. They know ‘the nuts’ were politically invaluable, but that was the extent of their usefulness. Sadly, the political affairs folks complained most often and most loudly about how boorish many politically involved Christians were. (p. 229, Tempting Faith)
Another viewpoint from insider Tucker Carlson:
“The deep truth is that the elites in the Republican party have pure contempt for the evangelicals who put their party in power.” – Tucker Carlson on the Chris Matthews show