Rachel Maddow seems genuinely confused on what the motivation of the RNC is to go on the controversial trip. Republican candidates have been going on Christian Zionist trips for years to prove their bona fides to evangelical voters.
Evangelical organizer David Lane told Secrets that he is beginning the process of introducing conservative candidates to pastors around the nation early because he hopes to generate more energy among Christians to have greater influence in the primary and caucus process.
“And so it begins. Yes it does,” he said. “We’re going to get out early. We’re going to try to eliminate the stuff that they [GOP leaders] do to us every four years, which is picking somebody who has no chance of being viable and they kill us off and we have the McCains and Romneys left,” said Lane.
Lane doesn’t endorse but who he invites is a signal to his followers. He has spent time with Paul and helped organize the senator’s recent trip to Israel. “I like Rand Paul really well,” he said, but he’s also a fan of the others invited to his first 2016 “Pastors and Pews” events.
The goal of the gatherings is to introduce political leaders to pastors and their spouses, and to inspire church leaders to get evangelicals to vote, which few do. “The moral majority is still out there,” said Lane.
Paul is not the only person going to Israel care of the theocrats. Rick Perry proved he was serious
doing the same.
Then there is the 2011 story of a Congressional trip to Israel.
The tour is a manifestation of the "Judeo Christian" teamwork that has been growing deeper in recent years, as pioneering Jews in Judea and Samaria and Christian Zionist leaders in the US and elsewhere learn to trust each other. In the face of genocidal Muslim fanaticism, leaders of the nations that have the Bible in common are seeking common political ground as well.
The RNC is not making a mistake and this story betrays the narrative of a fight between the Republican establishment and the religious kooks. As evidenced by the size of the RNC delegation the kooks are the establishment.
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