He's a favorite amongst the Institutionalized Christian base. Bruce Wilson writes about this event.
Family Research Council head Tony Perkins gave him this introduction:
"He is now the second highest ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is a very important committee on the health care issue,"
And as he spoke to the White Audience of 2000, he gave them an analogy about how the GOP members is comparable to the lot of imperial British agents in India who had to deal with monkeys running amok on a golf course that the colonial occupiers had carved out of the verdant Indian jungle. There was a problem, he said; monkeys would come out of the jungle, grab golf balls, and throw them about. Amidst gradual laughter, he stated:
"I could go into great and long detail about how many things they did to try and eliminate the 'monkey problem.' But they never got it done, so finally this golf course and this golf course only, they passed a rule and the rule was - you have to play the ball where the monkey throws it. [audience laughter swells] And that is the rule in Washington all the time."
The audience according to the article, ate it up. Loved it. Made a lot of sense to them. Missouri, even though has a growing Democratic base, still has a huge base of scary institutionalized crazies. Remember that documentary "Jesus Camp"? I do.