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December 18, 2007

Huckabee: Now That I'm Ahead In Iowa, Isn't It Time To Stop Examining My Record, In The Spirit of Christmas?

Whining about opponent's attacks is standard-issue politicking. If a stupid one.

But linking that whine to a call for brotherly love out of respect for the birth of Christ? And, conveniently enough, just in time to prevent further scrutiny of Huckabee's record as he's poised to win Iowa in couple of weeks? That's truly special.

Bonus as this video also has Huckabee stating that he condemns the push-polls being run against his rivals by, he says, supporters who have nothing to do with him. (Or, as he suggests, being run by his rivals themselves.) So his supporters keep running push-polls against Romney, Giuliani, etc., but his rivals can't counter-attack in more honest, overt manner, because that would be disrespectful to Jesus.

Okay, Huckabee. Whatever.

Here's his Christmas greetings ad.

I have no real problem with the sentiment and actually think it's a savvy little ad. Jim Geraghty calls it brilliant, and I agree. But brilliant in a dishonest way: Huck continues insulting the intelligence of the GOP base by running an Christmas greetings ad supposedly putting aside politics for "what really matters" when, obviously, this is a blatantly political ad designed to boost his appeal. And, furthermore, boost his appeal by running, yet again, on his religiosity.

I don't remember getting video Christmas greetings from Mike Huckabee when he wasn't running for president. Do you? Am I to understand this is the first time in history that it was important to set aside politics for "what really matters" in a political season?

He seems so transparently dishonest to me as he runs on this faux sincerity. If I understand Huckabee's message here properly, we're supposed to put politics aside in this season of religion. Leaving us, I guess, to only make political choices based upon warm-and-fuzzy charisma and, I guess, which candidate properly shows due respect for Jesus.

Am I alone in finding this all terribly convenient for Mike Huckabee?

Hot Air notes that William Donahue calls the ad overly religious. I don't think it's overly religious to wish someone a merry Christmas at Christmas. But I think -- as maybe he meant to say -- it's a bit much to invoke Christmas in a blatantly political ad.

Huckabee Following The Brawny Man Plan?

Thanks to JackStraw.

Hey... If this isn't a political ad, but just an apolitical call to remember '"what really matters" as we celebrate the birth of Christ, how come he's only running the ad in Iowa, site of the first caucuses in a couple of weeks?

Is the rest of the country not deserving of the blessings of Jesus? Or are we not worthy of being invited to remember "what really matters" at Christmastime?

Curious that a non-political ad would just happen to have so many attributes of a strategically timed and placed political ad.


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