Ever wonder what makes a Bush loving FOX News watching person tick?
Worse, by their very nature, their reasoning process is badly malformed. They parrot what their leaders say, rarely pausing to thinking carefully about what they are saying. This is directly responsible for what we perceive as "hypocrisy". They don't even recognize the two competing ideas (e.g., Bristol Palin's pregnancy and Jamie-Lynn Spear's pregnancy) are related. A by product of their broken reasoning is their desire to reason by conclusion. That is, they will believe anything that ends in something they "know to be true". For example, Sarah Palin must be a fiscal conservative because they know that she is a Republican, and Republican's are responsible with the public's money. While we can supply numerous counter examples (well documented!), the high-RWAs require only a fig-leaf of assurance from their "authorities" to believe. Because they want to believe. There is literally nothing you can say to the high-RWAs that could convince them otherwise, since you are not a recognized "authority". (Should Dobson denounce Palin, that might be another story.) For this reason, they are remarkably forgiving. At least when it comes to people in their group. They are also very dangerous since they vote.
Now, I know a couple people who will vote for
Also a good read -- an excerpt from Conservatives Without a Conscience bu John Dean.