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May 23, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

TWO DOWN....John McCain has now rejected Rod Parsley's endorsement too. Good.

But as David Corn points out, the Parsley story was broken two weeks ago by Brave New Films, which unearthed the video of Parsley's anti-Islamic rants, and Mother Jones, which distributed the story on its website. McCain obviously knew about Parsley's views after that, but he didn't care. He only cared when it showed up on network TV and became an embarrassment to him. So much for a different kind of politics.

Kevin Drum 12:27 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (24)

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IOKIYAR.

Next topic, please.

Posted by: anonymous on May 23, 2008 at 12:38 AM | PERMALINK

2 weeks vs. 20 years. Carping about a two week delay seems pretty lame to me.

Posted by: og on May 23, 2008 at 12:44 AM | PERMALINK

Here's something from me on peak oil

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/5/23/01553/4563?new=true

Posted by: Swan on May 23, 2008 at 1:14 AM | PERMALINK

Oops

peak oil link

Posted by: Swan on May 23, 2008 at 1:19 AM | PERMALINK

OK; now we have the crooked talker and crooked walker renouncing two of the most prominant fundy evengalical preachers in the Republican universe. My question is this; how will the fundies react to these multiple disses? walk or stay.

Posted by: DaveA on May 23, 2008 at 1:49 AM | PERMALINK

Wow, that 'a' poster is in total denial.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Having McCain pull me around in a ricshaw. How do I know he wont wet-start me Swan? Heh.


Posted by: Jet on May 23, 2008 at 1:51 AM | PERMALINK

Michelle Goldberg already had everything on Hagee's Hitler was a hunter sent by God bit back in 2006. TWO YEARS AGO. This stuff was widely know before two days ago.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-goldberg/we-might-be-chosen-but-w_b_34220.html

Posted by: Callimaco on May 23, 2008 at 1:58 AM | PERMALINK

Lesseeee.....Hagee, Parsley, trying to bury his health report on a Friday-night-before-Memorial-Day-weekend by disclosing it just to a select few, backing Bush on denying expansion of GI benefits and then losing his cool when Obama calls him on it, money shortcomings, threats of third party challenge, lobbyists, lobbyists, lobbyists being fired, fired, fired....

I'd say this has not been one of McSame's better weeks. Let's wish him many more......

Posted by: dweb on May 23, 2008 at 2:33 AM | PERMALINK

That's a fascinating point. I don't know how you'd go about selling it, but I gotta think that if you can make this point well on TV, it'll gain some decent traction.

I think another worthwhile point is this, though: Obviously saying God sent Hitler as his attack dog is indeed worse than saying God sent Katrina. However, both statements really fall well beyond what anyone should consider decent or even humane. Why is it that McCain can tolerate the claim that God preemptively punished New Orleans with utter devastation?

Since we now know that McCain will not tolerate a statement of a certain level of vile repugnance, how could Hagee's statement about Katrina fall below that? Does he have such a high threshold of indifference that it literally takes the Holocaust to cross it? It sickens me to learn just how repellant a man must get to finally outrage McCain.

Katrina should have been enough. It says something that it wasn't.

Posted by: Mark Kawakami on May 23, 2008 at 4:56 AM | PERMALINK

John McCain, political gourmet chef, has finally put Hagee and Parsley in the same pot and turned on the heat, sort of an Italian version of Scottish haggis. Quick, get the Airwick!

Posted by: Shag from Brookline on May 23, 2008 at 7:11 AM | PERMALINK

Why does God want John McCain to look like an idiot?

Posted by: dennisS on May 23, 2008 at 7:21 AM | PERMALINK

Why does God want John McCain to look like an idiot?

Posted by: dennisS on May 23, 2008 at 7:23 AM | PERMALINK

Perfect duplicate typing. My bad.

Posted by: dennisS on May 23, 2008 at 7:26 AM | PERMALINK

The Right-wingnut christofascist wing of the Repukeliscum party, the main section, is filled with deranged wackos like this. Dobson, Robertson, Falwell (may he roast in hell for eternity), and the whole line of patriot pastors all have these problems.

We just need to get them up on YouTube.

Posted by: POed Lib on May 23, 2008 at 9:16 AM | PERMALINK

BUT Elizabeth Hasselback will be SO VERY PROUD OF McCAIN for dumping the REV so "quickly"...not waiting 20 years...you go girl!

Posted by: Dancer on May 23, 2008 at 9:25 AM | PERMALINK

Yes, because of course John McCain is well known for spending most of his time goofing off and reading Mother Jones! So he has no valid excuse whatsoever in this case! Great catch, Kevin!

Posted by: Sparky on May 23, 2008 at 9:25 AM | PERMALINK

Not quite. His timing was about optimal to have it both ways. McCain let Parsley ride until he got network coverage so the fundies and rubes could get the message -- McCain and Parsley are fellow travelers, but of course you can't talk about it in polite society. Or on network TV. The fundies and rubes will forgive the repudiation ritual, but the unthinking center-left will like the way he dumped Parsley in seeming defiance of the fundies and rubes.

C'mon. Who actually believes that McCain gives a shit about Parsley, one way or the other? Using him and then dumping him gets points from the gullible on both ends of the spectrum. Hell, Kevin Drum's as savvy as they get, and it seems as if even he fell for it. Again.

Posted by: Stuart Eugene Thiel on May 23, 2008 at 9:38 AM | PERMALINK

Gee, what was that joke with the punchline:

"Nobody eats parsley anymore."

Posted by: Shag from Brookline on May 23, 2008 at 10:42 AM | PERMALINK

How is this going to affect whether the "Christian" right will turn out for McCain in November? While I'm glad McCain is doing this, he seems to be dissing a core constituency.

Posted by: BigHouse on May 23, 2008 at 10:43 AM | PERMALINK

C'mon Kevin, this kind of gotcha politics is just absurd. If you thought the Obama-Wright fiasco was silly, then you should have the good sense to just let this issue die.

Posted by: pfft on May 23, 2008 at 11:08 AM | PERMALINK

*

Posted by: mhr on May 23, 2008 at 12:07 PM | PERMALINK

You forget he needs to repudiate Sun Myung Moon

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on May 23, 2008 at 12:13 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, because of course John McCain is well known for spending most of his time goofing off and reading Mother Jones! So he has no valid excuse whatsoever in this case! Great catch, Kevin!

Uh, no, Sparky. John McCain doesn't have to read Mother Jones. Hedoes have to have competent flunkies who do that. The obvious fact that McCain can't find competent flunkies to do his vetting of potential cranks is telling.

Posted by: natural cynic on May 23, 2008 at 5:04 PM | PERMALINK

For a maverick straight-talker, McCain sure is a pandering flip-flopper.

Posted by: maurinsky on May 23, 2008 at 11:57 PM | PERMALINK
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