The Republican party has largely built its kingdom upon the ideas of tradition and family values. So, when the hyper-devout, hyper-conservative Duggar family found national fame through the show "19 kids and counting," Republican leaders were more than willing to be seen as their allies, in hopes of winning the fringe Christian base.
Recently, the evolution of American politics has resulted in a shift to the right -- Democrats have gotten more moderate, while Republicans are allowed to become ever-more extreme. That's why none of these politicians realized that a family that refuses to straight-on hug members of the opposite sex is likely bananas.
Josh Duggar, who has recently come under fire for 2006 child molestation charges, has been particularly embraced by conservative royalty. Here are a few high-profile Republicans who didn't bother to do a background check before schmoozing with a pseudo-celebrity:
David Badash of the New Civil Rights Movement compiled even more photos of Duggar rubbing elbows.
Oh, and here's a reminder that the Republican party is not the most flagrantly opportunistic organization on the planet.