CONTEMPT….Tucker Carlson talks to Chris Matthews:

CARLSON: It goes deeper than that though. The deep truth is that the elites in the Republican Party have pure contempt for the evangelicals who put their party in power.

….MATTHEWS: So this gay marriage issue and other issues related to the gay lifestyle are simply tools to get elected?

CARLSON: That’s exactly right. It’s pandering to the base in the most cynical way, and the base is beginning to figure it out.

David Kuo agrees. He was the #2 guy at the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives for two years, and he’s got a new book out called Tempting Faith:

He says some of the nation?s most prominent evangelical leaders were known in the office of presidential political strategist Karl Rove as ?the nuts.?

?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,?? Kuo writes.

Kuo also says that the OFB was used to secretly sponsor partisan events designed solely to turn out Republican voters:

Kuo alleges that then-White House political affairs director Ken Mehlman knowingly participated in a scheme to use the office, and taxpayer funds, to mount ostensibly ?nonpartisan? events that were, in reality, designed with the intent of mobilizing religious voters in 20 targeted races.

According to Kuo, ?Ken loved the idea and gave us our marching orders.?

Among those marching orders, Kuo says, was Mehlman?s mandate to conceal the true nature of the events.

Kuo quotes Mehlman as saying, ?…(I)t can?t come from the campaigns. That would make it look too political. It needs to come from the congressional offices. We?ll take care of that by having our guys call the office [of faith-based initiatives] to request the visit.?

And during this time, according to Kuo, faith-based groups actually ended up getting less money for social programs than they had before. Like I said a few days ago, are social conservatives ever going to catch on to the way they’re being conned by the Republican Party?