Althouse on McCain and Hagee

Ann Althouse wonders why her candidate is embracing bigotry.

Ann Althouse becomes, I think, the first conservative blogger to get on John McCain’s case about his accepting the endorsement of Pastor John Hagee, who holds somewhat … primitive … views about Catholicism. Kudos to her.

One of Althouse’s commenters puts his finger on the key point:

One thing is quite clear: If Obama said “I’m proud to accept Farrakhan’s endorsement,” his campaign would be over tomorrow.

Another commenter points out that Hagee is far more virulently anti-Catholic than Bob Jones. In 2000, the McCain campaign made “Catholic Alert” phone calls denouncing George W. Bush for speaking at Bob Jones University. Of course, that was then, and this is now.

McCain is in a tough spot. He flew all the way to Texas to accept Hagee’s endorsement. He continued to say he was proud to have it even after having some of Hagee’s anti-Catholic rant quoted to him. So it backpedaling would be hard.

And Red Blogistan is in an equally tough spot. How many Redbloggers will follow Althouse, and how many will simply button their lips. Anyone who criticized Barack Obama for being insufficiently vehement in denouncing Louis Farrakhan but who doesn’t join Althouse in rebuking McCain for actively seeking out the endorsement of a bigot like Hagee, has no intellectual integrity at all.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: