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2008 Presidential Race, Mike Huckabee

>Headline-worthy? Presidential candidate reminds voters that what really matters right now is the celebration of Christ

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[see: Huck invokes Christ in new TV ad by Jake Tapper, ABC News’ Political Punch blog]

In his brief post, Tapper comments that he thinks the ad will be popular with some voters even though “religion and politics can be dicey.” Fair enough. When I saw the headline “Huck invokes Christ in new TV ad,” I thought – “What in the world is this gonna be?” Here’s what Huckabee says in the ad: “What really matters is the celebration of the birth of Christ and being with our family and our friends.”

So what you’re saying is that Christmas is about the celebration of the birth of Christ? Stop the presses! “Christian fundy preaches Jesus Christ in latest political ad!” You gotta admit it’s funny that it is noteworthy when a politician says that Christmas is about celebrating Christ. Soon we’ll have politicians invoking independence in 4th of July ads.

On a serious note, it has indeed become noteworthy in our society that a significant national figure would remind us that Christmas is about celebrating Christ and spending time with family and friends. Not only does he say that Christmas is about celebrating Christ but he rightly admits that this is what really matters at this time of the year. On the one hand, it seems to be a no-brainer, to Christians especially, that someone would take the time to state that Christmas is about celebrating Christ. On the the other hand, it does take some guts to make even a simple statement like this in our current political and cultural climate. More cynical commentators will write it off as another attempt at pandering to evangelical and social conservative voters (see Drudge’s sensationalistic headline: HUCKABEE AD FEATURES FLOATING ‘CROSS’… DEVELOPING…). I don’t deny that strategy but its a good little ad and I’m glad he made it.

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17 thoughts on “>Headline-worthy? Presidential candidate reminds voters that what really matters right now is the celebration of Christ

  1. >Imagine that! You would, you ole fundy you.

    Posted by Mark Mathews | December 21, 2007, 3:43 pm
  2. >Fundamentals of the faith? I would start with the pre-trib rapture.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | December 21, 2007, 12:50 pm
  3. >I’m with you! Cheers.

    Posted by Mark Mathews | December 20, 2007, 5:51 pm
  4. >Heh! The Nicene Creed is a good place to start.

    Posted by J.Wizzle | December 20, 2007, 3:04 pm
  5. >May I ask you to define the “fundamentals” of the faith?

    Posted by Mark Mathews | December 20, 2007, 1:53 pm
  6. >”BTW, your not a fundy are you? :’)”In the sense that I believe in the fundamentals of the Christian faith, yes. Other than that, no.

    Posted by J.Wizzle | December 20, 2007, 2:46 am
  7. >I knew you’d catch that!!!

    Posted by Mark Mathews | December 20, 2007, 12:31 am
  8. >”(and no I’m not a fundy like Jeff)”That’s true. No fundy is fundy like me cause if they were fundy like me they wouldn’t be fundy anymore. 😉

    Posted by Jeff Wright | December 19, 2007, 11:48 pm
  9. >Well, I guess I should start with what I don’t think a fundy is. I don’t think that fundies are only the cook-fringe KJV only crowd. What I call a fundy is probably not the textbook version of a “fundamentalist.” I see most evangelicals who are unable to separate politics and religion as fundies. Huckabee has in fact made the comment that it is “impossible” to separate the two. I think this is a tragic statement. However, I do understand and respect his commitment to his faith. So, please, don’t take offense to the word “fundy” in the sense that I am categorizing him as a fundamentalist in a pejorative way. When I was at Dallas Seminary (and no I’m not a fundy like Jeff) I called everyone I went to school with a fundy and they returned the favor. It really applies to people who live their faith on their shirtsleeve, as Hillary and John Kerry would say. And I think Mr. Huckabee has made it clear that he does this. Hoo Ra for him.I am just displeased at the decision of his campaign to step out and do this. If he is elected President and after that happens, I don’t care if he preaches a three point sermon in the inaugural address! Just don’t don’t blow is what I say.BTW, your not a fundy are you? :’)

    Posted by Mark Mathews | December 19, 2007, 10:57 pm
  10. >I guess it might help if you define “fundy.” I’m not sure if I agree with you calling him one…but it depends on your definition.

    Posted by J.Wizzle | December 19, 2007, 8:20 pm
  11. >I agree that a political ad is no place for this message. Thus my comment, He’d make a great pastor. However, in his defense I think he is being more honest than most would think. I think he’s just too fundy to know better. This is why he is not electable.

    Posted by Mark Mathews | December 19, 2007, 7:42 pm
  12. >He was saying that Christmas is a time to reflect on the birth of Christ and to spend time with family and friends. I think he was actually trying to say let’s put politics, attack ads, etc. aside during this time. I didn’t get a feeling that he was “using Christ” at all.

    Posted by J.Wizzle | December 19, 2007, 7:41 pm
  13. >I’m an evangelical, and I must say I didn’t like Huckabee’s ad. There’s nothing wrong with the sentiment. The problem is that he’s expressing the sentiment in a political ad. He is saying, “Vote for me because I’m a Christian.” I just don’t think it’s appropriate to use Christ in that way.

    Posted by K-Funk | December 19, 2007, 7:11 pm
  14. >I’m so glad that I am not the only one out there who is getting fed up with Drudge and the others.

    Posted by J.Wizzle | December 18, 2007, 8:32 pm
  15. >Drudge has just lost a ton of credibility in my mind. Underneath his headline about the infamous “floating cross” in Huckabee’s ad, Drudge places this headline:Ron Paul: “When facism comes it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross…”The only problem is that if you click the link and listen to Dr. Paul’s interview, this statement is a quote from Sinclair Lewis, and Paul also qualified this quote by stating, “Now, I don’t know whether that’s a fair assessment or not…” I happen to be a big fan of Dr. Paul, but I cannot stomach this sort of blatant misrepresentation by Drudge. News with an agenda is no news at all.

    Posted by Dwight | December 18, 2007, 8:22 pm
  16. >—————————————I’m pretty sick and tired of Matt Drudge and the Republican establishment trying to tear down Huckabee.—————————————Huckabee would make a great Pastor. He would probably make a great President too. However, the “establishment” plans to do just that, tear him down. They’re interested in getting their guy in, not necessarily the best guy. I think we will see the true colors of some very loud voices in the conservative corner throughout this election. I was once a huge fan of Hannity as well as Rush, and even tune into their blogs occasionally. But I’m afraid they just don’t represent the voice of the average American anymore. If you’re incredibly wealthy and conservative, what they have to say sounds good. But if you’re the guy stuck in the middle who feels like somebody yanked his pants down every time he goes to the gas pump or is having to make decisions about whether to take his kids to the doctor because he can’t afford good health care, then what they have to say is not so enticing.These guys (Drudge, Hannity, Limbaugh] are sensationalists. They make their money driving their agenda. And friends, their agenda is not my agenda. Perhaps if I were making 48 mil a year their ideas might resonate with me. I don’t think I would really care if gas was $9.00 per gallon and I would have the best health care available. But that is not the case for me. I have a wife and four children that I have to think about. And the guy [or girl] that does the most for them will get my vote regardless of whether they are Republican or Democrat or Independent.Politically I agree with them on some things. However, ideologically I think they’re way overboard. How can someone attack this message by Huckabee. He is doing no more than expressing what he really believes. Jeff wrote, “More cynical commentators will write it off as another attempt at pandering to evangelical and social conservative voters. I don’t deny that strategy but its a good little ad and I’m glad he made it.”I don’t in any way think Huckabee is pandering. He has the background to prove he is genuine. It’s not like this guy got into the Presidential race and suddenly became religious. This guy is a committed Christian. Now, whether he can get elected is something totally different. I don’t think he can and it is directly related to his commitment to his faith. Nonetheless, his message is true and genuine and Drudge is an idiot!We need somebody who can bring change to America. This is a complicated world we live in these days. We need somebody who can balance world wide, national, and local economies and make sure the average middle income consumer who drives the local and national economies doesn’t fall through the cracks.

    Posted by Mark Mathews | December 18, 2007, 5:46 pm
  17. >I thought the ad was very good. I’m pretty sick and tired of Matt Drudge and the Republican establishment trying to tear down Huckabee. I won’t let them influence me.I think it’s pretty obvious that the ‘cross’ that Drudge is talking about is really a shelf. Talk about making a big deal over nothing.

    Posted by J.Wizzle | December 18, 2007, 4:38 pm

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