BY TAYLOR MARSH
This was a colossal error in judgment on Senator McCain’s part. He should never have saddled up with Rev. Hagee. Now he’s dumped him. Oh, and vice versa, by the way.
“Obviously, I find these remarks and others deeply offensive and indefensible, and I repudiate them. I did not know of them before Reverend Hagee’s endorsement, and I feel I must reject his endorsement as well,” McCain said in a statement to CNN Thursday.
Hagee’s response is classic.
“I am tired of these baseless attacks and fear that they have become a distraction in what should be a national debate about important issues. I have therefore decided to withdraw my endorsement of Senator McCain for President effective today, and to remove myself from any active role in the 2008 campaign.”
Why politicians feel the need to genuflect to religious extremists is beyond me. It’s a pox on our politics. I say this as a spiritual person and rebel Episcopalian believing that religion gets us nowhere but in a twist.