Considerable buzz is being heard in talk radio, cable news, and in the blogosphere about Mike Huckabee's new ad. The ad purports to be putting politics aside in order to simply wish us a Merry Christmas.
It's much more than that, however. In the ad, Huckabee has his pastor-like charms front and center, with a soothing, caring voice. There's a Christmas tree in the ad, and Mike is dressed up all warm and seasonable. He mentions Jesus in an overtly religious way--certainly more so than most politicians would dare. And then there's the floating cross.
"It's not a cross, it's a book shelf!" or "It's not a cross, it's a window!" are two defenses I've heard so far today. Sure, it would appear it is some sort of wooden thingy in the background, and appears to be one or the other. But it is also in soft-focus, is brightly lit, and seems to float from the left side of the screen, toward the middle, where it is eventually eclipsed by--wait for it--Mike Huckabee!
The symbolism is at once subtle and stark. It could hardly be called subliminal, as it's the first thing you see in a still photo from the vid. And what of Huckabee taking the place of the cross? It's either further evidence that he's The Anti-Christ, or it's just a message to the super-religious that this is their guy.
One thing is certain: this was deliberate. The nay-sayers have no leg to stand on here. There's no way this was a happy accident, and that the campaign didn't know about it until the bloggers were abuzz. No way.
Watch for yourself.