Stumblin' Bumblin' John McCain's endorser, the Reverend John Hagee is going all "Emily Litella" today, sending a letter of apology to the Catholic League, backtracking from his comments that the Catholic Church is the "Great Whore"
McCain Backer John Hagee Apologizes to Catholics
“Out of a desire to advance greater unity among Catholics and Evangelicals in promoting the common good, I want to express my deep regret for any comments that Catholics have found hurtful,” Hagee wrote, according to an advanced copy of the letter reviewed by Washington Wire. “After engaging in constructive dialogue with Catholic friends and leaders, I now have an improved understanding of the Catholic Church, its relation to the Jewish faith, and the history of anti-Catholicism.”
In the letter, addressed to Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League and one of Hagee’s biggest critics, Hagee pledges “a greater level of compassion and respect for my Catholic brothers and sisters in Christ.”
Josh Marshall, over on TPM has a question, with Hagee's new-found remorse;
Can we now get him to explain the part about God using Muslim terrorists to create bloodbaths in our streets because the US supports a two-state solution in Israel-Palestine?
And Matt, over at Think Progress asks "Hagee Promises ‘Greater Compassion And Respect’ For Catholics; Will He Do The Same For Gay Community?"
Hmmm ... I wonder if Hagee had to write that letter with SB McCain, or one of his lobbyist staffers, standing behind him, twisting his arm?
I'm sure the Zigzag Express people wouldn't be looking to build up some markers, for when they start lobbing Jeremiah Wright bombs at Obama ... That they can point to the Elmer Gantryesque repentance of Hagee to push back with ...
Don't go out for popcorn on this movie.
It was just last month, Hagee pulled a Chinatown, and went "My Sister-My Daughter" over his comments blaming gays for Hurricane Katrina;
Hagee backs off comment connecting gays with Katrina
Hagee Reneges On Retraction Of His Katrina Comments: ‘God Always Punishes Unconfessed Sin’
Oh yes, this is going to a such a fun-filled general election campaign ...