[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.