Huckabee Put On Defense Over 'Christ' Ad
by Todd Beeton, Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 05:35:51 PM EST
By now, you've probably seen Mike Huckabee's new "Christ" ad. I actually think this ad is quite effective; even though he frames Christmas in overtly religious terms, I don't think it's necessarily alienating to those like me who are proud to be a part of the secular left. I'm actually far more offended by Mitt Romney's anti-secularist rhetoric, leaving out the faithless from the groups of Americans he hopes to lead and then on Meet The Press equating religion and morality as though you can't have the latter without the former. Huckabee comes across not as a crazy cook imposing his views on me but rather expressing his views in a warm and, may I say, politically pitch perfect manner. Of course this is why he's so dangerous, but interestingly, the most pushback Huck is getting for this ad is from an outspoken conservative religious leader.
Catholic League president Bill Donahue said Huckabee went beyond wishing people a joyous holiday. Donahue said he was especially disturbed by the cross-like image created by a white bookcase in the background of the ad, saying he believed it was a subliminal message.
"What he's trying to say to the evangelicals in western Iowa (is): I'm the real thing," Donahue said Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends. "You know what, sell yourself on your issues, not on what your religion is."
This is yet another example of Huckabee getting attacked from the right because he threatens their power; he's gotten it from all three legs of that stupid conservative stool Romney's always talking about: the econocons, the neocons and now the theocons. It almost makes me want to come to Huck's defense, the enemy of your enemy and all that. Almost.
As for the white cross subliminal messaging, Donahue may be onto something. I actually didn't notice it the first time (I saw shelves) but watch the ad below, how can it not be intentional?
And as if you needed one more thing to reluctantly like Huckabee for, his response is pretty good too:
"If we are so politically correct in this country that a person can't say enough of the nonsense with the political attack ads could we pause for a few days and say Merry Christmas to each other then we're really, really in trouble as a country," Huckabee said. [...]
Huckabee said the bookshelf is just a bookshelf and shrugged off the controversy: "I will confess this: If you play the spot backwards it says, 'Paul is dead. Paul is dead.'"
As a sidenote, notice that the ad has more than 500,000 views in just one day. I'll be curious to see how the other Republican candidate videos have done; something tells me Huckabee wins the GOP YouTube primary hands down.