If you’re black, and you’re a Muslim, and you slander an identifiable social group, politicians have to turn somersaults to prove that they repudiate you.
On the other hand, if you’re white, and a Christian, and you slander an identifiable social group — that’s different.
Let’s be very clear about one thing: McCain is much more exposed on this issue than Obama is — or at least, he ought to be.
Barack Obama never solicited the support of Louis Farrakhan and yet Tim Russert wouldn’t accept Obama’s clear answer to the Farrakhan question.
On the other hand, John McCain appeared in public with John Hagee, expressing his gratitude for Hagee’s support.
Let’s also point out that Hagee is not pro-Israel, as McCain’s proxy claims.
Hagee, who heads a 19,000-member church in San Antonio, is best known for his outspoken support of Israel and writings on the Middle East, where he envisions a blood-soaked clash between East and West leading to the return of Jesus Christ.
As Yglesias comments, “it’s not obvious in which sense envisioning a blood-soaked Middle East clash that leads to the return of Jesus Christ constitutes support for Israel.”
Why isn’t Hagee outside the pale like Farrakhan? Why isn’t McCain held to the “denounce and reject” standard that Obama was held to?