What tristero said

You can sneer all you want at Pat Robertson. You can condemn him all you want. And I’ll join right in. He deserves everything you care to say about him, and much, much more. He is a seriously disturbed man.

But you dismiss and ignore him at your peril. Remember: this man used to call up the fucking president of the United States. And he got through. And the president listened to him.

You ever had that kind of access to power? Got it now? Thought not. Me, neither. You got his hundreds of millions of dollars? Got millions of fans giving you hard-earned- bucks? Nope, I don’t have them either.

Sure, go ahead: Repeat the obvious: Of course, it’s a sad state of affairs when an ignorant, moral degenerate like Pat Robertson is so influential to the most powerful men – and yeah, it’s basically men – in the world.So what? Don’t ever forget he had that access, and still has access, to far more powerful men (and the occasional woman) than you can even imagine. So…

Until that changes, you should never, ever, underestimate him, or his unbelievable power – not only in the public discourse, but in the direction of American governance, jurisprudence, and culture.

The rest. Read it and ingest. I’ve never understood the mindset that suggests the crazies should be ignored because they are momentarily out of power. To put it in terms to which Pat Roberston might relate, the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.