Personally, I see nothing wrong with this ad on its face. Huckabee is a Christian, and if he wants to use his campaign funds to wish America Merry Christmas, so be it – even if it’s probably not a genuine Christmas wish:
In fact, this ad is probably a more shrewd political move that you might think. You and I know there is no “War on Christmas”. That’s just silly. But all the talk about this ad from left leaning papers, Democrats – the controversy that is sure to come up over it – will certainly play into the irrational fearmongering by the right. They’ll see Huckabee as the person who’s not afraid, like so many candidates are, to come out and say “Happy Birthday, Jebus.” They’ll use the critical newspaper articles, blog posts, punditry, etc. to prove that there is a War.
On our side, we’d be much better off saying Huckabee has every right to air a commercial like this, and not give the right what they want. If you’re going to criticize the ad, do it by criticizing Huckabee’s obvious attempt to create a controversy using the partiarch of his religion.
You don’t think there’s a War on Christmas? Watch what happens when I do this ad!
He may be “Mr. Nice Guy,” but there’s no question in my mind that this is the motive.
Update: I already see this all over the morning news shows and newspapers. So yes, we’re playing right into it, aren’t we?
Mike Huckabee during the debate: “Jesus was too smart to run for public office.”
Mike Huckabee today: “Screw it! I’m recruiting him anyway!”