May 13, 2008

Death of a Strawman

Hagee, we hardly knew ye:

The Rev. John Hagee -- who in some eyes threatened to become to John McCain what the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. became to Barack Obama -- has apologized for remarks that offended many Catholics.

Catholic League President Bill Donohue said in a statement today that he accepted the apology and any dispute is over.

Liberals had hoped to use Hagee as a counterbalance to Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama's minister whom the frehsman Senator was finally forced to disavow several weeks ago. Some had tried to draw parallels between the relationship between McCain and Hagee as being on par with Obama and Wright, but the charge was always far-fetched; McCain had merely political ties with Hagee, while Obama was a loyal member of Wright's congregation of 20 years, and regarded the pastor as a personal friend and mentor.

Obama has now disowned the conspiracy-theory spouting Wright, but he and his family remain at Trinity United Church of Christ, a church that is based upon Black Liberation Theology, a mostly political formulation of racial identity politics, Marxism, and Christianity. This is the same church that gave Louis Farrakhan a lifetime achievement award under Wright's leadership.

You'll note that murder-minded Reverend Michael Pfleger, a radicalized Catholic priest Obama has known even longer than Wright and a longtime supporter of Farrakhan, also makes an appearance in the video.

You can see Pfleger in a "guest rant" at Trinity United below praising Wright and Farrakhan below, much to the delight of the congregation.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at May 13, 2008 06:07 PM

So, now that Hagee has publicly apologized, will we see a similar apology to white folks from Rev. Wright?

I ain't holding my breath.

Posted by: C-C-G at May 13, 2008 06:55 PM

The meme I've already seen is that Hagee's apology is of the "non-apology" variety, so I think you'll be seeing a lot of that on the leftside of the 'sphere over the next few days before it dies with a whimper.

And when Wright apologizes, we can expect a strong cold front in east Hell...

Posted by: ECM at May 13, 2008 09:36 PM

I was listening to the radio on the way home this afternoon, and the station does A-B-C news station breaks, and in the montage, they had a note about how Republicans had tried to tar Obama with complaints about Wright but McCain would have to deal with complaints against him logged due to his association with Hagee, and others, with the report then going on to outline why Hagee was such a questionable associate.

I listened to the report in full, then reached over and shut off the radio for the rest of the ride home.

I'm going to have to listen to the Braves games via download on my mp3 player...

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Posted by: usinkorea at May 14, 2008 12:02 AM

And, of course, given that the lefties seem to be stuck in the past regarding so many issues (Iraq foremost among them), we can surely expect lefty troll-drones to continue to bring up Hagee, completely oblivious to this apology.

Posted by: C-C-G at May 14, 2008 07:49 AM

An unintended consequence of the Obama promise to meet with any and all heads of unfriendly states (with the apparent sole exception of Iran) is that, in about 10-15 years' time, when America does have to confront another one of these thugs, there will be pix of the President of the United States meeting with these leaders.

At that point, these pix will be touted, much like the Rumsfelt photo w/ Hussein, that the US is hypocritical, contradictory, inconsistent, and turning on those with whom it had previously had reasonable relations.

I expect many of Obama's current supporters to be among those who would be touting these photos for those reasons.

Posted by: Lurking Observer at May 14, 2008 02:13 PM