The Endorsement: Hagee is senior pastor of a huge San Antonio church and CEO of GETV, a ânon-denominational charismatic church groupâ overseeing Evangelical programming for 160 TV stations, 50 radio stations, and eight dedicated Christian TV networks. Youâd be hard pressed to find a more expansive and powerful propaganda machine without releasing a cloud of nanobots. And by the way, âcharismaticâ doesnât mean heâll talk you into a new Pontiac; it means his church believes in tongues, faith healing, and assorted other God magics. So from McCainâs point of view, hereâs a guy who can get on TV and tell 90 million Christians that God wants them to vote Republican in November, and heâs got magical powers to back it up. Sweet deal, right?
The Endorsement: If thereâs a voting block McCainâs got trouble with aside from the religious right, itâs kids. Letâs face facts: any effort he makes to appear âcoolâ to todayâs youth is just going to come off looking like the ârappin' grandmaâ from
The Endorsement: Never heard of Tran Trong Duyet? I guarantee you John McCain remembers every detail of his pocked, scowling face. Thatâs because Mr. Duyet was the head guy at the âHanoi Hotel,â the Vietnam prison camp where John McCain and many other American soldiers were held captive and (according to Duyet) NOT tortured at all. What did they do with all their time not being tortured? Why, played volleyball, ate full meals, and discussed philosophy with their friendly, enlightened captors! Duyet says he considers McCain âan old war buddyâ and would âdefinitely vote for himâ in the election. He also called McCain a man who is âvery loyal to his beliefs and countryâ and who" never admitted that the Vietnam war was a mistakeâ during any of their âdebates.â Iâd wager an inordinate number of those debates were moderated by hot tongs and the phrase âdi di mao!â Still, thereâs nothing quite like redemption to win over an American heart, and what could be more cathartic than a big on-stage hug between John McCain and his repentant torturer?
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