While St. McCain still refuses to reject and denounce the endorsement of bigot hate-monger John Hagee (and why would he? — he actively courted him), we now know that Huck wanted Hagee’s blessing badly.

HUCKABEE: …I was disappointed that he [Hagee] didn’t support me. I think he should have. But those are his decisions.

COLMES: So you would want Hagee’s endorsement. John McCain had to come out today with another statement that he does not agree with everything Hagee said, but he didn’t renounce it in the same way that Barack Obama renounced the support and endorsement of Louis Farrakhan.

HUCKABEE: Well, look, you know, I’m not in a position right now where I’m renouncing anybody’s support, Alan. I’m glad to get every vote I can get. But I don’t have to agree with people who support me. That doesn’t mean that I support everything they stand for. Now, if you want me to renounce something John Hagee said, let me renounce something. I renounce his endorsement of John McCain. I think that was something that I can easily repudiate.

Just imagine the non-stop outrage on the right and corporate media if Obama and Clinton were not only refusing to denounce but fighting over the endorsement of Farrakhan. Saying you "don’t agree" with a bigot but that you’ll take his endorsement anyway is pretty disgusting. And in addition to being a bigot, here’s a sample of what the GOP front-runners want so badly to be associated with:

JOHN HAGEE, SEPTEMBER 11, 2005: They [Iran] intend to bring that bomb online and if they use it, you think gas is high now. Life as we know it is going to change instantly and forever and I’m telling you, you need to get your life ready to meet the son of God in all his glory. It’s going to happen, it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen.

CONGREGATION: Clap, clap, clap!

JOHN HAGEE: There are going to be people in this tribulation period who do not take…They will have their heads cut off…We are this close to the rapture of the church of Jesus Christ.

The religious right’s influence on the GOP is, once again, proven to be a creation of the liberal media.