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.