Friday, February 29, 2008

How to lose 20 million votes

A couple days after Barack Obama denounced the endorsement of Louis Farrakhan, John McCain has accepted an endorsement from televangelist John Hagee.

Hagee has been an enthusiastic supporter of the state of Israel, second perhaps only to Hal Lindsey in fervour. However, Hagee has also said that Jews only have themselves to blame for Israel's current woes. Hagee's called the Catholic Church the "Whore of Babylon." Not the first to do so, of course, but in a country with over 60 million Catholics -- 40 million eligible to vote and roughly half of them consistently voting Republican, not entirely a wise thing to do.

Oh -- Hagee still believes that Bill Clinton murdered Vince Foster for having an affair with Hillary, even though three investigations including the one led by conservative hero Ken Starr ruled Foster's death a suicide.

Set aside the fact Hagee is radioactive. What on earth would possess McCain to accept such an endorsement? I thought it was illegal for ministries to campaign publicly for specified candidates; that they could only provide guidance on "issues." Oddly, this is the first time I've agreed with Bill Donohue, the Great Catholic Censor, on anything.

It is well worth asking whether Russert will apply the same standard to McCain as he did to Obama over Farrakhan? No he won't. Russert is a Republican, openly Republican and quite scornful of Democrats; and GOPers stick together no matter what.

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