UPDATE: O’Reilly joined in the fray as well…
Conservatives are attaching themselves like barnacles to the legacy of Pope John Paul II, portraying him as an ideological soulmate of President Bush. Of course, they haven’t always felt that way — especially when the Pope was opposing the President’s policies. Here’s Sean Hannity, from January 2003:
COLMES: …And before you respond, let me just put up what the pope says.
“No to war,” says Pope John Paul II. “during his annual address to scores of diplomatic emissaries to the Vatican… ‘War is not always inevitable,’ he said. ‘It is always a defeat for humanity.'”
Are these a bunch of wild-eyed liberal loonies?