by Frank James
An Associated Press analysis of the Mike Huckabee's new Christmas-card TV ad reminds me of something I noticed last night when I first saw the ad, the not-so-subtle use of the cross behind the former Arkansas governor.
The AP analysis actually doesn't mention the use of the cross. But one of our commenters, Jaaron, noticed it too. And of course, it's no accident. That the lines of the cross actually appear to be formed by the frame of a shelves that hold Christmas ornaments was very slick.
And notice how as the camera pans from left to right, the cross slides eventually slides behind him.
Maybe the ad makers wanted to plant a subliminal seed, causing Christian voters to ask about Huckabee the messiah question John the Baptist asked of Jesus: Are you the one?
Have no doubt. Evangelical Christians will see the cross very clearly. Deeply religious people can see things others miss, like the Virgin Mary in a stain left by road runnoff on the walls of a highway overpass. And in this case, it's not even that ambiguous.