The campaign of John McCain, who actively sought out the endorsement of the radical theocratic pastor John Hagee for months, is trying to spin its way out of its actions by saying that, golly, the McCain campaign had no idea that John Hagee was an anti-Semite:
A source close to McCain told ABC News the Arizona senator thinks these sentiments are crazy, and that back in February when the campaign accepted Hagee’s endorsement, no one on the campaign, and certainly not McCain, had any idea that Hagee believed these types of things.
This is highly implausible deniability, unless the McCain campaign is completely incompetent.
The McCain camp is clinging to the notion that the information about John Hagee’s weird theories about God’s desire to kill the Jews was somehow new, as if Talk2Action didn’t talk about this aspect of Hagee’s anti-Semitic biblical worldview until February of 2008. Irregular Times had reported news of Hagee’s anti-Semitism in January of 2008:
“It was the disobedience and rebellion of the Jews, God’s chosen people, to their covenantal responsibility to serve only the one true God, Jehovah, that gave rise to the opposition and persecution that they experienced beginning in Canaan and continuing to this very day… How utterly repulsive, insulting, and heartbreaking to God for His chosen people to credit idols with bringing blessings He had showered upon the chosen people. Their own rebellion had birthed the seed of anti-Semitism that would arise and bring destruction to them for centuries to come… it rises from the judgment of God upon his rebellious chosen people.”
Before that, Irregular Times noted Hagee’s anti-Semitic Holocaust ideas in December of 2007 (in connection with Hagee’s prior endorsement of Mike Huckabee, which tells you how very central John Hagee is to Republican politics).
But Irregular Times was not the first to report on Hagee’s problems with the Jewish people. Heck, Bruce Wilson at Alternet came long before on this issue, reporting on Hagee’s anti-Semitism back on March 22, 2007!
Who is that Bruce Wilson fella? Why, the very same who reported on Hagee’s anti-Semitism over at Talk to Action on March 5, 2007!
You see, this is indeed very old news. Anybody doing the most cursory search for information on John Hagee over the internet would have found it, well over a year ago, long, long before John McCain finally obtained the endorsement of John Hagee had sought for so very, very long.
Unless the campaign of John McCain never did so much as a google search to figure out what John Hagee stood for, it knew perfectly well what Hagee had said, which means that it actively sought out the Hagee nomination regardless of Hagee’s claim that God hunts down Jews. Wouldn’t you say that acceptance of the “God hunts Jews” endorsement makes the McCain candidacy morally unfit for the presidency?
The alternative, that McCain acts without so much as a google search to gather information, would make him simply too incompetent to be our president.