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John McCain Deniability on John Hagee’s AntiSemitism is Implausible

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.

5 thoughts on “John McCain Deniability on John Hagee’s AntiSemitism is Implausible”

  1. J. Clifford says:

    Ah, and then there’s the anti-gay horror of John Hagee. Hagee repeatedly discussed the idea that it was a good and holy thing for God to flood New Orleans and kill huge numbers of people, as a punishment for a parade.

    John McCain knew about that all along, and never raised a murmur of protest. I think we’ll need to write about that too.

  2. Tom says:

    McCain is running a terrible campaign and has too much Bush baggage for anyone but the same idiots that voted for the neocons TWICE and didn’t learn their lesson to vote for in this one.

    The Republican National Committee has actually hired a Swift Boat (lying sack of shit) to “research” (ie. make up) stuff about Obama.

    Just goes to show you how deluded these people really are.

  3. matt says:

    Recently Frank Rich of the New York Times try to make a comparison between Obama’s Reverend Wright situation and John Hagee backing McCain. this is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. Don’t believe me? Check out this article Another Comparison Between John Hagee and Jeremiah Wright.

  4. Joe says:

    Tom, Your posting on an article about how McCain’s pastor is the same as Obama’s? Except McCain didn’t go to his church for 20 years or have him as council for his campaign. Talking about Republican’s making shit up…thats rich.

    J.Clifford, Hagee should get along well with Obama’s “gay curing crusade” buddy Donnie McClurkin shouldn’t he?

  5. Tom says:

    The point is, Joe, that if you’re a Christian, you can’t go off the deep end and hate others for whatever reason (it’s not what Jesus said or did) and say that the Holocaust is somehow a good thing.

    Now that both McCain and Obama have distanced themselves from these fundamentalists, maybe we can get down to ISSUES that matter to all of us: like health care, infrastructure repair and maintenance, caring for the huge mass of injured vets coming out of the Bush mistake, finding a new, renewable and sustainable energy paradigm, getting the financial sector back under control (and the list goes on)!

    Look Joe, we need you and everyone else along on this if we’re going to change the dead-end course the country and the planet is on now. You and i won’t see the worst of it, but we’ll see the increasingly negative effects before long. We have to act now to mitigate these effects way down the road. If we don’t act soon, it’ll be too late and it won’t matter what anyone does.

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