In 2000, when John McCain was running for President and Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell were working for George W. Bush, McCain laid some of his famous”straight talk” on Robertson and Falwell:
Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton on the left or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell on the right,
…we embrace the fine members of the religious conservative community. But that does not mean that we will pander to their self-appointed leaders.
That was then. This is now.
So McCain is pandering as hard as he can. He’s agreed to be the commencement speaker at Liberty University, the Bible-college-on-steroids Falwell founded and still runs: a “university” which, as a matter of stated policy, hires only “born-agains” as faculty members.
Perhaps McCain now thinks he was wrong to class Falwell with Farrakhan. If so, he should say so, and tell us why. If not, we’re left to draw our own conclusions about why he’s speaking at Falwell’s madrassa.