In the spring of 2008, Texas minister and best-selling author John
Hagee endorsed John McCain in the race for president of the United
States. Three short months later, McCain rejected the endorsement,
leaving Hagee with little choice but to withdraw his support. In
initially accepting the minister's overture, McCain had hoped to find
an open door into the big house of evangelical political power. Earlier
he had called leaders of the religious right "agents of intolerance."
Now he needed a fresh start. He also wanted to bolster his pro-Israel
credentials. As for Hagee, he apparently had aspirations of joining
Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson in the pantheon of
televangelists-turned-GOP-powerbrokers. Both men terribly misjudged the
McCain recognized that evangelicals have been among
Israel's closest friends in the United States, and he knew that Hagee
had deep ties to the Middle East. But he failed to understand the
motivations behind Hagee's Zionism.