How Significant is Hagee's McCain Endorsement?
Mark Stricherz says not very.
Bill Donohue and Stephen Colbert disagree.
More from Donohue here.
And Deal Hudson notes a rather weak McCain repudiation of anti-Catholicism in general, without a specific condemnation of Hagee's references to the Roman Catholic Church as "the great whore" and a "false cult system" and "the apostate church". Check out McCain's weasel words:
"... I repudiate any comments that are made, including Pastor Hagee's, if they are anti-Catholic or offensive to Catholics," McCain said.If?
There's much more there to hang John McCain on than there ever was back in 2000 with respect to George W. Bush and Bob Jones U. And all McCain can manage is "if"?
As I've written before, I've always thought the heat Bush took back in 2000 over Bob Jones U. was bogus. Similarly, I'm inclined to agree with Stricherz on the overall unimportance of the Hagee matter. I mean, who is this Hagee cat? I'm originally from Texas (where Hagee operates), and I was an evangelical up until 4 years ago, and I've never even heard of him before now. I'm not sure why he's considered to be such an important figure, or why the last 2 GOP candidates standing were falling all over themselves for his endorsement. I doubt more than a few thousand people in America actually give a rat's ass what Pastor John Hagee has to say.
Once again, however, this has become an issue primarily because the hypocrite McCain was the one who made it an issue against Bush back in 2000. So, I'm quite content to sit back and watch while McCain gets his comeuppance.
UPDATE (10 March 2008)
Hudson explains why he disagrees with Stricherz' take on the importance of the McCain-Hagee two-step.
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Deal Hudson: "McCain Campaign Learns Its Lesson About Catholics"