The usual line from the pro-Christianist forces in the GOP is that the preachers who are often the focus of media attention are not typical. They are not in the mainstream; they are taken out of context; every time they make a crazy comment we are supposed to ignore it. And then, they sometimes blurt out the truth. If you thought that the crackpot extremism of Rod Parsley and John Hagee are fringe phenomena, Gary Bauer, concerned that McCain has now been forced to diss both, will set you straight:

"Those are both very influential men and it will just make things more challenging to accomplish between now and November."

Hagee believes that the Holocaust was part of God's plan to create Israel. Bauer is one of Bill Kristol's best friends. How these people live with themselves is a little hard for me to understand.

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