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December 18, 2007

Mike Huckabee’s Christmas Ad

Filed under: Campaign 2008,Christmas,Mike Huckabee,Republicans — Psycheout @ 9:50 am
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I wasn’t even going to address this, but since I have noticed that the lefties over at Balloon Juice can’t see the forest for the trees, I’ve decided to explain this for others who may be unable figure it out. But first, let’s roll this crafty 30 second spot. 3…2…1…

OK, you’ve watched it, right? Not really much there on the surface is there? It’s just Mike Huckabee in a warm sweater wishing us all Merry Christmas in front of a pretty Christmas tree. So what?

Amusingly, some of the leftists over at Balloon Juice, paranoid as they are, saw this as an attack on them, the secular progressives. They saw this as a middle finger in the War on Christmas. Like I said, they’re not seeing the forest for the Christmas tree. This ad isn’t even aimed at them. Silly rabbits.

Right from the beginning Huckabee asks if we aren’t all tired of all these political ads. Rather than focusing on all that nonsense, shouldn’t we instead be focusing on the season? Yes, it’s Christmas. Why would Huckabee do this?

It’s simple: he wants to coast through the next couple of weeks and start winning primaries. The political ads and political stories he’s referring to are those about him, the negative stories, the hit pieces, the attack ads. He knows that if any of the negative memes gain traction, they could impact his current Huckaboom. He’s on top right now in several states and rising in others. He wants that momentum to continue.

This is how I explained it to the folks over at Balloon Juice:

You’re missing the whole point of this ad, Mike. It has nothing to do with the War on Christmas. It has everything to do with the war being waged on him by the other Republican candidates.

Right now, Mike Huckabee is surging in the polls in the early primary states. He wants this to continue at least up until the Iowa caucuses (and beyond if possible).

What he’s really doing here, is noticing that he is on top. “So let’s stop all this politicking, and celebrate Christmas. Leave me alone, stop all the negative stories, and let me cruise right into the nomination.”

It’s a smart move, but it probably won’t work. But he is immunizing himself to some extent. “Hey, I’m a nice guy, but these other bastards are attacking me, during CHRISTMAS. They suck, I rule. Vote for me.”

Shrewd.

This isn’t targeted at liberals, but his other opponents: those Republicans who can’t stand him.

Does anyone care to disagree? This was a smart political move. I wonder if Ed Rollins, the man who helped engineer Ronald Reagan’s 1984 landslide victory over Walter Mondale, had a hand in it. Well played, Huck. But will it work?

See also: the discussion over at Race 4 2008. There’s a lot of Huckabee haters over there, so you may find it amusing.

Update: Huck’s words in the ad:

“Are you about worn out of all the television commercials you’ve been seeing? Mostly about politics. I don’t blame you. At this time of year sometimes it’s nice to pull aside from all of that and just remember that what really matters is the celebration of the birth of Christ and being with our family and our friends. I hope that you and your family have a magnificent Christmas season. And on behalf of all of us, God bless and Merry Christmas. I’m Mike Huckabee and I approve this message.”

Update 2: Ron Paul steps in it again, saying that when fascism comes it will come bearing a cross.  Not really.  It will come wearing a dress (Clinton/Giuliani).

— Psycheout

27 Comments »

  1. You’re right Psycheout. I think this has everything to do with Iowa and New Hampshire moving their dates up as well, as it pushes all the nastiness right into the holiday season.

    I’m gonna agree with you on this one. Smart move.

    Comment by ChenZhen — December 18, 2007 @ 11:05 am | Reply

  2. Brave move on Huckabee’s part but you know he is the target of the Liberal Elite now.

    Comment by BJ Tabor — December 18, 2007 @ 11:36 am | Reply

  3. Gotta hand it to him, he’s certainly no dummy.

    Comment by Elephant Bones — December 18, 2007 @ 12:08 pm | Reply

  4. He hates Bush so I’ll hand that too him though he supports the war. Hes also a musician who is hated by the WordPress team who think musicians should all die.

    Comment by Spacebrother — December 18, 2007 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

  5. But I still gotta go with Ron Paul.

    [Ed Note: Don’t you mean “go out with?”]

    Comment by Spacebrother — December 18, 2007 @ 12:10 pm | Reply

  6. Huckabee is a great man. I take back any negative things I’ve said about him.

    Comment by Sisyphus — December 18, 2007 @ 1:50 pm | Reply

  7. Same here, Sisyphus. I think we underestimated the man. When you put him up against the RINOs that he’s slaying, he really does look good.

    I really regret that Sam dropped out of the race, but Huck, it would seem, is second only to Sam.

    Comment by Psycheout — December 18, 2007 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

  8. “[Ed Note: Don’t you mean “go out with?”]”

    Depending on what you mean by “go out with”, I’d rather support the right guy for the right reason as opposed to the wrong guy (or gal) for misguided reasons.

    *moral high ground by Spacebrother*

    Comment by Spacebrother — December 18, 2007 @ 1:57 pm | Reply

  9. “Same here, Sisyphus. I think we underestimated the man. When you put him up against the RINOs that he’s slaying, he really does look good.

    I really regret that Sam dropped out of the race, but Huck, it would seem, is second only to Sam.”

    You guys will support Rudy when he wins the primary. I guarantee it.

    Comment by Spacebrother — December 18, 2007 @ 2:00 pm | Reply

  10. Psychout I really regret that Sam dropped out of the race, but Huck, it would seem, is second only to Sam.

    I am beginning to think that Jesus may need to do some of His famous Tough Love on America so He’s tapped Huckbee to be the nation’s leader during the chastisement. I mean people are seriously considering that homicidal deviant Hilary Clinton as president. America His favorite nation or not God’s got to take care of business here before we have child sacrifice in the Whitehouse. Jesus is saving Sam to be president once America is worthy of Sam.

    Comment by BJ Tabor — December 18, 2007 @ 3:13 pm | Reply

  11. You are very wise, Mr. Tabor.

    Comment by Psycheout — December 18, 2007 @ 3:35 pm | Reply

  12. “You guys will support Rudy when he wins the primary. I guarantee it.”

    No. Ever heard of the Constitution Party, dingbat? They may be anti-war but they are remarkably pro-Christian, and if we can get a Republican Congress, the anti-war part won’t matter much. BUT Huckabee and Romney are the only serious contenders for the nomination, and not that many people are aware of Romney’s Mormonism and flip-flopping. So Huck’s got the nomination, and he will surely make Sam Brownback his Vice President. Considering that he’s such a laid back guy, he may even just let Sam do all the governing.

    “I am beginning to think that Jesus may need to do some of His famous Tough Love on America so He’s tapped Huckbee to be the nation’s leader during the chastisement. I mean people are seriously considering that homicidal deviant Hilary Clinton as president. America His favorite nation or not God’s got to take care of business here before we have child sacrifice in the Whitehouse. Jesus is saving Sam to be president once America is worthy of Sam.”

    Amen, BJ! If Clinton wins we will have no choice but to rob her estate.

    Comment by bobcorker — December 18, 2007 @ 7:17 pm | Reply

  13. Mike Huckabee is the worst candidate in the race. Here’s just a slice of what is wrong with the Huckster:
    1. Soft-on-crime Governor who went on a pardon/commutation spree
    2. Pro-instate-tuition for illegal aliens and for other giveaways – his record on immigration stinks
    3. Fiscal liberal Tax-and-spender as Governor
    4. Dissembled about his record when challenged
    5. Not a conservative, hurt conservatives in Ark.
    6. Ethics issues, taking public money for private use
    7. Flipflopper, on immigration, Cuba and other issues
    8. An incompetent Jimmy Carteresque boob on foreign policy
    9. Will get beaten easily by the Democrats
    10. Big-time Nanny-stater on smoking, CO2, etc.

    http://travismonitor.blogspot.com/2007/12/huckabees-arkansas-betrayal.html

    His record in Arkansas reveals that he despises conservatives and their principles on taxation, spending, and illegal immigration. According to Arkansas Eagle Forum President Betsy Hagan and former Republican state senator Peggy Jeffries, once he gained power in the Governor’s office with the support of the conservatives, he alienated his conservative based, and at one point referred to them as the Shiites in the Republican Party. Hagan was a key backer and number one fan of Huckabee’s early political career. But to her dismay, Huckabee did not practice what he preached. “He was pro-life and pro-gun, but otherwise a liberal,” she says. “Just like Bill Clinton, he will charm you, but don’t be surprised if he takes a completely different turn in office.”2 It is little wonder that Huckabee’s strongest opponents are in the ranks of Arkansas conservatives. He may have fooled them once, but they will not be fooled again. And they do not want their fellow conservatives to be fooled.

    Phyllis Schlafly, president of the national Eagle Forum, is even more blunt. “He destroyed the conservative movement in Arkansas, and left the Republican Party a shambles,” she says.2

    [Ed Note: That’s all very interesting, but what does it have to do with the topic of Mike Huckabee’s Christmas Ad? You fail.]

    Comment by patmcguinness — December 19, 2007 @ 12:19 am | Reply

  14. http://realmikehuckabee.blogspot.com/2007/12/meet-huckster-san-diego-union-tribune.html

    Over the years, Huckabee has:

    -Used campaign funds to pay himself $14,000 for being his own media consultant.

    -Used campaign funds to pay himself $43,000 for use of his private plane while attempting to hide what the payment was actually in return for.

    -Used an account set up to cover operational costs of the governor’s mansion to pay such obviously personal expenses as fast-food and dry-cleaning bills.

    -Set up a nonprofit organization that paid him $23,500 without disclosing the source of the money.

    -Attempted to take $70,000 of furniture with him when moving out of the governor’s mansion.

    -Took more than 130 gifts worth more than $300,000 – while suing to overturn a law that made him disclose the gifts. “

    File this under: “Will be used by Hillary two weeks before the election”.

    [Ed Note: Again, you’re avoiding the Christmas ad entirely. What are you afraid of?]

    Comment by patmcguinness — December 19, 2007 @ 12:20 am | Reply

  15. “Ever heard of the Constitution Party, dingbat?”
    I thought you believed the constitution didn’t exist, Bob.

    Comment by Elephant Bones — December 19, 2007 @ 12:41 am | Reply

  16. This ad was a brilliant political move, and I believe he’s genuine about its message, too.

    Comment by Joel Odom — December 19, 2007 @ 7:48 am | Reply

  17. The ad was carefully calculated, yes. It might provide a Huckabee who is “kinder and gentler” than his opponents. As for the religious dimension, I just don’t get it. Huckabee is a Baptist minister who happens to be running for President. Why not show the world who he is? I doubt it will win him many more votes. Religious conservatives may like him more, but secular conservatives and liberals will like him less (and attack him more). Overall, it’s really no big deal.

    Comment by pistolpete — December 19, 2007 @ 10:06 am | Reply

  18. [Ed Note: Again, you’re avoiding the Christmas ad entirely. What are you afraid of?]

    Your comment was spot on concerning the ad. Huckabee has so many skeletons in the closet, he wants to keep it shut while he hangs on to a lead built on the air of impressionable people who don’t know his real record. He simply cannot respond substantively, so he responds with a ‘lets-not-talk-about-it’ ad, which also btw sends the subtle “hey, I’m the Christian guy” message too.

    Huckabee is such an awful choice for the GOP nomination for so many reasons, I cannot even believe he’s a front runner. I have to think they haven’t heard about Huckabee’s pardon/commutation spree (not just Wayne Dumond, but many other violent felons), his tax-and-spend record as Arkansas governor (see http://taxhikemike.org), his ethics issues (6 ethics violations citations and the news of taking RJR money). It seems Huck has a Jimmy Carter-style foriegn policy, and is otherwise both uninformed and too liberal to be trusted on it; Romney’s doing the right thing to call out Huckabee’s egregious statement of calling the Bush administration arrogant. Actually, Bush stood his ground on Iraq and the success of the surge has vindicated him. Huckabee’s soft on immigration, got NEA and IAM union endorsements, and been bashing big business.

    I could go on … the truth is out there, so Mike Huckabee desperately needs an *uninformed* electorate to vote for him. I’m not afraid of the ad, the only thing I am really afraid of as a Republican is a Huckabee nomination given by people who vote for a man they don’t really know.

    Merry Christmas to all. Including the candidates.

    Comment by patmcguinness — December 19, 2007 @ 5:25 pm | Reply

  19. RJR money

    Don’t tell me you’re an anti-smoking zealot, pat. If you are, I’ll henceforth refer to you as “meathead.”

    Comment by Psycheout — December 19, 2007 @ 5:47 pm | Reply

  20. No. Ever heard of the Constitution Party, dingbat? They may be anti-war but they are remarkably pro-Christian, and if we can get a Republican Congress, the anti-war part won’t matter much. BUT Huckabee and Romney are the only serious contenders for the nomination, and not that many people are aware of Romney’s Mormonism and flip-flopping. So Huck’s got the nomination, and he will surely make Sam Brownback his Vice President. Considering that he’s such a laid back guy, he may even just let Sam do all the governing.

    “I am beginning to think that Jesus may need to do some of His famous Tough Love on America so He’s tapped Huckbee to be the nation’s leader during the chastisement. I mean people are seriously considering that homicidal deviant Hilary Clinton as president. America His favorite nation or not God’s got to take care of business here before we have child sacrifice in the Whitehouse. Jesus is saving Sam to be president once America is worthy of Sam.”

    Amen, BJ! If Clinton wins we will have no choice but to rob her estate.

    Comment by bobcorker — December 18, 2007 @ 7:17 pm

    If you like the Constitution party aka Liberatarians, than you must be a Ru Paul fan KKKorKKKer McNazi Boy.

    Maybe you and McPain can have some hot steamy tough lovin’ with each other but I doubt Jesus will be a willing participant in your twisted fantasies.

    Comment by Spacebrother — December 19, 2007 @ 6:03 pm | Reply

  21. Every candidate needs their niche. Huckabee’s is his faith. This ad was Huckabee letting everybody know (for those who didn’t already) that he is the Christian’s candidate. It was slick. What other Candidate would actually bring up Jesus in Christmas? It’s just a shame the ad wasn’t genuine and it had to be politically motivated.

    Comment by McQ — December 19, 2007 @ 9:07 pm | Reply

  22. Don’t tell me you’re an anti-smoking zealot, pat. If you are, I’ll henceforth refer to you as “meathead.””

    No I am not an anti-smoking zealot in the same way that Mike Huckabee is …
    “Huckabee committed to sign a nationwide smoking ban in public places, should such a measure win approval in Congress.”

    Huckabee Commits To Nationwide Smoking Ban

    … so go ahead and call Huckabee “meathead”, he is that much.

    My thing with the RJR money was just that Huckabee does a good preacher shuck-n-jive, but he’s got many serious ethical lapses and issues. Stuff like: “-Attempted to take $70,000 of furniture with him when moving out of the governor’s mansion. -Took more than 130 gifts worth more than $300,000 – while suing to overturn a law that made him disclose the gifts. “”

    So this guy is the “Christian” candidate?!?

    The RJR money he took to give speeches was just one of those many “do as I say, not as I do” kind of things hiding in Huckabee’s record. He’s a God-awful candidate and any conservative or Republican should be ashamed to support him without checking out his real record.
    This is a good starting point:

    Huckabee Paradox

    [Ed Note: Please embed your links.]

    Comment by patmcguinness — December 20, 2007 @ 2:51 am | Reply

  23. More on how much of a big govt nanny-stater Mike Huckabee is:

    Huckabee: The Biggest Big-Government Conservative – Opinion

    On its annual governor’s report card, Cato gave Huckabee an “F” for fiscal policy during his final term, and an overall two-term grade of “D.” Only four governors had worse scores, and 15 Democratic governors got higher grades, including well-known liberals like Ted Kulongoski of Oregon, Rod Blagojevich of Illinois, and Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania.

    But Huckabee doesn’t just embrace big government in the form of big taxes. He truly appears to believe that if something is a good idea it should be a federal government program.

    For example, having become health conscious while losing more than 120 pounds (a remarkable feat), he now calls for a national smoking ban. Because he believes that “art and music are as important as math and science” in public schools, he wants these programs funded — and thus, directed and administered — federally.

    Huckabee is, incidentally, the only Republican candidate for president who opposes school choice.

    Huckabee has called for increased federal spending on a variety of programs from infrastructure to health care. He wants more energy subsidies, including, naturally, more subsidies for ethanol. In fact, he supports increased agricultural subsidies generally. He is the only Republican candidate who opposes President Bush’s veto of the Democrats’ proposed expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and he is skeptical of most conservative proposals for entitlement reform.

    [Ed Note: Please see the Rules page and learn how to embed your links. Thanks.]

    Comment by patmcguinness — December 20, 2007 @ 2:53 am | Reply

  24. Every candidate needs their niche. Huckabee’s is his faith. This ad was Huckabee letting everybody know (for those who didn’t already) that he is the Christian’s candidate. It was slick. What other Candidate would actually bring up Jesus in Christmas? It’s just a shame the ad wasn’t genuine and it had to be politically motivated.

    Comment by McQ — December 19, 2007 @ 9:07 pm

    Politicizing Jesus and Christmas is heretical blasphemy.

    Comment by Spacebrother — December 20, 2007 @ 10:34 am | Reply

  25. My sides have split!

    Huckabee, the idea of using a bait-and-switch (involving a sacred holiday, of all things!) to sweep the dirt under the rug is deviousness I would have expected from Iraqi extremists, not Christian extremists. For shame!

    And he’s fouling the name of Christmas too, by using it as a cover-up. He doesn’t mean a single word of it, if anything I’ve learned about politicians over the years is true.

    Comment by L — December 20, 2007 @ 12:06 pm | Reply

  26. I found the REAL Christmas add

    Comment by Hissho — December 21, 2007 @ 3:14 am | Reply

  27. […] Cross To Bear A lot has been made of Mike Huckabee’s Christmas ad.  Too much, even.  Especially about the bookcase that almost looks like, gasp, a cross to some […]

    Pingback by Huckabee’s Cross To Bear « Blogs 4 Huckabee — December 22, 2007 @ 8:11 am | Reply


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