Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Fear And Loathing On The Campaign Trail: Huckabee- Christ


It would appear the popularity of the Huckabee-Christ ticket in middle Jesusland is giving rise to a fair bit of consternation on both sides of the political divide.

Jon Robin Baitz from HuffPo gives us his take, and a wonderful turn of phrase or two, on Huckabee and the Jesus factor and the far from pleasant reality of having a Jesus freak in the Whitehouse.

The famously de-fatted governor, posed in front of a bookcase lit precisely like a cross in an Andres Serano piece, and wearing a sensible red sweater right out of the Alan Alda collection, earnestly offered a bromide about relief from political ads (but maybe not so much relief from the sly suggestion that your opponent's cult believes that the devil is Jesus's older brother). And a Merry Christmas to you too, Governor.

The spot is a semiotician's treasure trove of cracker-barrel passive-aggression; a sort of "bring it on, why don't you?" to the other GOP candidates, just daring them to back-talk him in what is shaping up to be the most God-drenched fight for primacy since the Huguenots and the Catholics went at it in 16th Century France. more

Lionel Beehner, again for Huffpo, on Huckabee's foreign policy.

Mike Huckabee has so little foreign policy experience it's scary. You know he has little to show for himself when he brags that he was the first among his Republican rivals to come out against the Law of the Sea Convention. I'm sure Iowa voters were impressed when they heard that crowning achievement. more

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