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John McCain’s Endorsements

John McCain’s Endorsements

A bit paradoxically, John McCain’s growing pack of endorsers presages a rocky road for the presumptive GOP candidate, whom many conservatives still have trouble rallying behind. On Thursday, McCain picked up the backing of former Secretary of State James Baker, and on Wednesday of another, more controversial John—Pastor Hagee, a well-known megachurch televangelist and pro-Israel author.

The Hagee endorsement could help McCain’s standing among evangelicals, but the pastor of the 19,000-member Cornerstone Church in San Antonio has made what critics say are anti-Catholic comments. Catholic League president Bill Donohue yesterday spoke out against Hagee, saying he’s “waged an unrelenting war against the Catholic Church.” Hagee has indeed referred to the Catholic Church as “the Great Whore of Revelation 17,” the “antichrist system,” the “apostate church.” (Mike Huckabee likewise received flak for speaking at Hagee’s church in December.)

Donohue’s joined media pundits in saying Hagee represents for McCain what the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan represents for Barack Obama, a problem Tim Russert tried to highlight during Tuesday night’s Ohio debate, drawing in the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s minister at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago who has praised Farrakhan. “Why is Louis Farrakhan deemed by our political establishment to be so radioactive as to not be fit for good company—black candidates are required to repudiate his support even when they haven’t sought it and denounce his views even when they’ve never advocated anything close to those views—but John Hagee is a perfectly acceptable figure whom mainstream GOP politicians are free to court without any consequences or media objections?” Glenn Greenwald writes in Salon.

At the opposite end, McCain lost the support of backer Bill Cunningham, a popular talk-show host in Cincinnati who styles himself after Rush Limbaugh, after McCain repudiated Cunningham’s repeated use of “Barack Hussein Obama” and disparaging comments during a crowd warm-up. (McCain was entering the rally as Cunningham went into his screed.) Afterwards, McCain said he wanted “to dissociate myself with any disparaging remarks that may have been said about” Obama. Cunningham also called Obama “a hack, Chicago-style Daley politician” whom the media would eventually “peel the bark off” and reveal “sweetheart deals” he received in Chicago. Cunningham, often and ardently denounced by critics as a right-winger, then bizarrely said Tuesday on Fox News that he is “going to endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton for president because she would do a better job in the Oval Office.”

 

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March 2, 2008 - Posted by | conservative, culture, John McCain, Republican

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