THE HAGEE FACTOR….I don’t usually have much use for Bill Donohue, but at least he’s bipartisan in his thundering denunciations:

Catholic League President Bill Donohue said in a statement today that [John] Hagee has written extensively in negative ways about the Catholic Church, “calling it ‘The Great Whore,’ an ‘apostate church,’ the ‘anti-Christ,’ and a ‘false cult system.’”

“Senator Obama has repudiated the endorsement of Louis Farrakhan, another bigot. McCain should follow suit and retract his embrace of Hagee,” Donohue said.

Plus this, of course:

In “Jerusalem Countdown: A Prelude To war” Hagee has stated that Jews brought the Holocaust upon themselves by rebelling against God and that the Holocaust was God’s way of forcing Jews to move to Israel where, Hagee predicts according to his interpretation of Biblical scripture, they will be mostly killed in the apocalyptic Mideast conflict Hagee’s new lobbying group seems to be working to provoke.

This is what is quaintly known as “pro-Israel” in conservative circles. And McCain is delighted to have Hagee’s support. Because, you know, he’s such a maverick.