We are all used to seeing cars with “Jesus is my co-pilot” and songs that say “Drop Kick Me Jesus through the Goal Post of Life,” but Mike Huckabee appears to be running with (or at least for) Jesus in an upcoming ad. The ad (to be shown in key states this month) is set in front of a Christmas tree and shows Huckabee saying that he wants to put politics aside — and just celebrate the birth of Jesus with voters.
Of course, this could force other candidates to take positions for or against Christmas.With Santa’s entry into homes late at night, law and order advocates like Giuliani may be a bit hesitant. It will be interesting what the focus groups over at the Clinton camp say about her best stance. I would suggest a wait-and-see approach along the lines of: “a president should wait for the actual rapture before committing on the Savior. However, I want to say in the strongest possible way that I am and I have always been pro-holiday.”
In the meantime, Obama is actually trying to fend off bizarre claims on the Internet that he is a Muslim. I would expect that he will need to close the Jesus gap by actually appearing in a Santa outfit.
For his part, Tancredo must be a bit nervous about an alien who enters the U.S. without a single border check or search. Certainly, Romney . . . well he is still dealing with the whole Jesus thing.
I personally believe that McCain is the best bet with a counter-ad about spending Christmas in the Hanoi Hilton.
I would hope that the next presidential debate would include pointed demands to name all of the gifts for the twelve days of Christmas. Of course, after 9-11, politicians often have trouble with the French hens.
The important thing is that all of our candidates show the courage to come out in favor of Christmas and not bow down to the anti-Christmas lobby like the National Easter Federation.
Indeed, we may see a cascading effect of candidates preemptively grabbing their own holidays. Easter, Groundhog Day, Arbor Day are all scheduled before the general election. My only request is that Ron Paul get Independence Day as the only libertarian in the race.
For those interested in the recent sectarian politics in our country, click here for a prior column.
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