McCain, Evangelists, and endorsements..

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"Interview with Bill Donohue: Catholic League denounces McCain"

Salon.com: Letters to the Editor
Donohue contrasted McCain's embrace of such a hateful and radical figure with Obama's denunciation earlier this week of Louis Farrakhan: "Obama did the right thing. You've got to throw overboard the people who are the bigots even if they've done good work here and there. This is the problem I have with McCain." And he added that Hagee's bigotry is hardly confined to Catholics, noting that a "prominent rabbi" had contacted him earlier today to ask that they issue a joint denunciation of Hagee/McCain, as the rabbi was deeply concerned that "too many Jews have also been mislead by Hagee."

"Hagee Endorses McCain"

Hagee Endorses McCain | The Trail | washingtonpost.com
Hagee endorsed McCain today, saying he did so because McCain is a pro-life, pro-Israel politician who has pledged to secure the country's borders.

"John McCain is a man of principle," Hagee, a televangelist and the pastor of Cornerstone Church, told reporters. "He does not stand boldly on both sides of any issue."
Here is McCain explaining how he is "pleased to have Hagee's endorsement", and to have "a lot of people come in their [the conservative party's] direction".
McCain Proud Of John Hagee


So - how seriously do you take McCain in this case? Is it perfectly acceptable for him to accept the endorsement of Hagee? Does it make political sense? Has Hagee changed any of his opinions before finding good reasons to endorse McCain? Has McCain changed any of his opinions? Is that a problem - do either hold views considered extremist, and does an incident like this serve to highlight the distance between McCain's conservative party and Hagee's conservatism? Is that an interesting question in all of this? Or has McCain now successfully made Evangelical extremists acceptable in politics through this?
 
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