Never thought the Catholic League would nail this, but they basically get it right here:
Catholic League spokeswoman Kiera McCaffrey says Hagee is a "larger problem" than Farrakhan because Farrakhan is "small potatoes and old news" compared to Hagee and his huge following. McCaffrey says her group is calling on McCain to repudiate Hagee, a Christian leader spokeswoman McCaffrey claims has a long history of "anti-Catholic bigotry."
Yeah, maybe in the 80s and 90s, Farrakhan held some truck with black folks. But the NOI has been on a steady decline since the MMM. I think Tim Russert thought that his questioning put Obama in a bind because, it would split him from black folks who, of course, are mindlessly loyal to Farrakhan. What Russert fails to understand is how bad black people want this, and how little sway Farrakhan has, these days, in the neighborhood. No one cares if Obama denounces Farrakhan. This isn't Jesse circa 88.