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OK I just don’t get it. I saw a story on MSNBC last night that I was POSITIVE would be splashed on the front page of the New York Times this morning. That story being that Pastor John Hagee, who John McCain was only too happy to accept an endorsement from, has been found to have stated in a sermon that Adolf Hitler was sent by God to kill the Jews and force them to create the state of Israel.

I admit I didn’t think the fallout about Hagee’s sickening remark about a Gay Pride parade calling down the wrath of the Lord on New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina would come to much, and it hasn’t. And of course, he also called the Catholic Church ‘the whore of Babylon’ and apparently apologized to the Church about this recently.

But what am I missing here? Why does Obama get raked across the coals for Rev. Wright’s outlandish comments, and John McCain continually take a pass on his relationship with Hagee? Much more detail on this recent flap (although no one seems to be flapping except MSNBC) can be found here, including meticulous detail on Hagee’s other insane comments.

Seriously - how come this is not on the front page of the New York Times? I’ll tell you what IS on the front page of the New York Times: Many Florida Jews Express Doubts on Obama. Yes, far more important to talk about the racism of Florida Jews who just can’t see past Obama’s skin color. The article goes into great detail about the misconceptions held by elderly Jews in the Sunshine State: that Obama is an Arab, he is part of Chicago’s Palestinian community, Al Quaeda is backing him, and that Rev. Wright is his children’s godfather.

Yes, far far more important to talk about this story on the front page of the newspaper of record rather than discuss an extremely controversial statement that God was in cahoots with Adolf Hitler to wipe out the Jewish population of Europe, made by John McCain supporter Pastor John Hagee.

And with that I give you good day.

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POSTSCRIPT: I learned last night that McCain has now renounced the endorsement of John Hagee. Of course he threw in a dig about Obama and Rev. Wright into his official statement: ” . . . let me also be clear, Reverend Hagee was not and is not my pastor or spiritual advisor, and I did not attend his church for twenty years.”

amen and freakin’ hallelujah………… the boss is on board.

“After the terrible damage done over the past eight years, a great American reclamation project needs to be undertaken. I believe that Senator Obama is the best candidate to lead that project and to lead us into the 21st Century with a renewed sense of moral purpose and of ourselves as Americans.” - Bruce Springsteen

Read the whole endorsement here

it occurred to me that this white house race is more like American Idol than anything else. every night i tune in to watch hours of MSNBC and CNN and network analysis of the day’s happenings in McCain, Obama, and Clinton World. i’ve gotten to the point where if i am not home, i TAPE Countdown because i need my Keith, the light that cuts through the darkness.

THE CHARACTERS:

Obama is like the slim, handsome superhero who can smash atoms with his bare hands (okay - he’s not a great bowler, but can save the world nonetheless). he’s smart, he’s well spoken, he’s calm, he’s - what’s the word - oh yes, presidential.

Hillary is looking more and more like an educated, conservatively-dressed (albeit in bright colors), helmet-headed version of Britney Spears we gaped at a few months ago when every night was a new drama illuminated by the bad camerawork of TMZ. in news rubbernecking, she has actually replaced Britney for me. she’s like the Terminator - tear off a limb, she’s still not down and out! she refuses to die! in a way i have come to admire this, even though i think we’re wasting valuable time and money this way. and the Bosnia thing, well, that was just embarrassing beyond belief.

and then there’s McCain. now here’s a guy who looks like something out of Highway Patrol with Broderick Crawford. Crawford ended every show with a homily, my all-time favorite being ‘the clowns in the circus they’re real funny. but on the highway they’re murder.’ McCain is not the brightest bulb according to recent news stories, but looks like a Rhodes scholar next to GWB.

Dear Geraldine,

You were a hero to so many of us for your formidable place in history. It is with horror and deep sadness that I now have to think the polar opposite of you. How could you make such a tasteless and horrendous comment that the only reason Barack Obama is achieving the success he’s getting is because he is a (lucky) black man. What year is it?? Is this 2008 or 1928? I’m sure it’s news to black men everywhere that they’re lucky. Last time I checked (being neither black or a man) it seemed kind of a detriment to the achievement of great success. And, to make matters worse, when you’re called out on this comment, you cry reverse racism!

And as for you, Hillary. Every day you make me angrier. Not coming out to immediately denounce Ferraro’s comments is unforgivable. You’re running this campaign into the ground and wasting so much valuable time for those of us who want to see a Democrat in the White House next January. I refer you to Mr. Olbermann, who says it all better than I ever could.

you’re really looking desperate here, attacking Mr. Obama for being - horrors - a great speechifyer. please, this kind of thing doesn’t become you. can we keep it about the issues and not sniping about your opponent? all you seem to be doing anymore is frantically grasping at straws. yes, you lived in the White House awhile back and you participated in national politics. but there have been many many presidents who did not have this advantage prior to their new jobs, and some of ‘em did just fine.

Feb 03

SUPER TUESDAY

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- Barack Obama, Iowa 1/3/08