My old man often comments that a lot of Republican blowhards, from Bush to Limbaugh and everywhere in between, probably don't even believe the crazy shit they constantly spout. Rather, they've found something that works in getting them money and/or power, and hey, why give up the goose if it's laying you golden eggs.
And while that makes intuitive sense, it's kind of hard to prove. Except now there's some good evidence that he may just be right -- at a hotel hosting a RNC $2,500 per person fund raising event, someone accidentally left behind a power point explaining conservative fundraising tactics.
The power point breaks donors down into two categories: small donors, who are the targets of direct marketing are described under the heading “Visceral Giving.” Their motivations are listed as “fear,” “extreme negative feelings toward existing Administration;” and “reactionary.” The other category is major donors, who instead practice “Calculated Giving,” with motivations such as “peer to peer pressure,” “access,” and “ego-driven” giving that can easily be tapped into with access to political “tchotchkes.”
Republicans have spent all of the past day pretending they have never heard of this and have no idea where it came from (it was apparently a magical and mystical RNC fundraiser that no one involved with the RNC had ever heard of or knew anything about), but I think it does a pretty good job of showing what the Republican party really thinks about all those "real" Americans they work so hard to represent...