Brandi Swindell -- Useful Idiot

Brandi Swindell -- far-rightwing, anti-choice, anti-privacy, publicity-hustling, spotlight sucking, Talibanic-Barbie candidate for Boise's City Council -- likes to think that she and her Dark Age fundamentalist coven rule the GOP. In her dank cobwebby excuse for a brainpan, she believes pseudo-religionists like Dobson, Robertson, Falwell and their Borg-like followers are the engine that pull the radical Republican party.

And the criminal Conservatives who actually pull the strings have been more than happy to let Ms. (short for miserable, ay?) Swindell and the other theofacists have their fantasies. Unfortunately for them, somebody went and let the cat out of the bag:

Consider one memo highlighted in a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday that [Jack Abramoff's former business partner Michael] Scanlon, a former aide to Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, sent the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana to describe his strategy for protecting the tribe's gambling business. In plain terms, Scanlon confessed the source code of recent Republican electoral victories: target religious conservatives, distract everyone else, and then railroad through complex initiatives.

"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 brilliance of this strategy was twofold: Not only would most voters not know about an initiative to protect Coushatta gambling revenues, but religious "wackos" could be tricked into supporting gambling at the Coushatta casino even as they thought they were opposing it.

See, the wingnut fundies do have their uses besides being a convenient ATM and, eventually, landfill. They're the perfect tool for the neocon Repugs to use to do their dirty work. And Brandi Swindell fits the profile perfectly. Stroke her, give her a little attention once in a while, stick her in front of a camera and a microphone to babble for a 30-second soundbite and stick her back in a drawer until they need her again.

If her kind does manage to infest a position of responsibility, the Mammon-worshiping GOoPers will have no qualms in taking advantage of whatever power the funda-mentals sink their claws into. Just wind them up and let 'em go. Sure, they'll screw up most anything they touch, but as long as the big boys are raking in the dough, they can afford to throw the wackjobs a bone once in a while and let them pretend they're important.

The truth has come out now, shining as bright as if they were written in flaming letters across the sky. Michael Scanlon has admitted that Brandi Swindell and the other dopes are being played for chumps by those they believe are their allies.

Idahoans have no need to ever elect any wingnut who has proven themselves, over and over and over again, to be so stupid.

UPDATE 11/09/2005: Brandi got clobbered in the election. Way to go, Boise!