The point of the ad was to rally the fringe and at least one fringe-dweller was rallied enough to write that letter to his local paper. The problem for the McCain campaign, of course, is that he may not stick around to vote in November, having instead headed for the hills with the rest of his local Tribulation Force militia and their stockpile of canned goods, ammunition and krugerrands.
Now, he should know, but the quotes from LaHaye and Jenkins that he excerpted had me wondering:
Authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins don’t think Obama is the Antichrist. …
LaHaye and Jenkins take a literal interpretation of prophecies found in the Book of Revelation.*** They believe the Antichrist will surface on the world stage at some point, but neither see Obama in that role. “I’ve gotten a lot of questions the last few weeks asking if Obama is the Antichrist,” says novelist Jenkins. “I tell everyone that I don’t think the Antichrist will come out of politics, especially American politics.”
“I can see by the language he uses why people think he could be the Antichrist,” adds LaHaye, “but from my reading of scripture, he doesn’t meet the criteria. There is no indication in the Bible that the Antichrist will be an American.”
Slacktivist thinks this interpretation — that Obama isn’t quite the antichrist — diverges from what the McCain campaign wanted to convey. But then, he also points out that what they wanted to convey wouldn’t inspire fundies to vote against him at all; they’d be more likely to contact RaptureFund and hold celebratory BBQs. But if Obama’s not the antichrist, just a lot like him, well, the antichrist is a bad dude. They don’t want somebody who’s even kind of like the antichrist, if it doesn’t mean it’s time for the big show. In fact, hey, you defeat the sub-boss to the antichrist, maybe the devil’ll have to bring out the big guns. Presto, done, get out of town.
Now, some people are going to miss the caveats. They’ll be stocking up on hamburger helper for their one sinful child and making lists of the dead people they want to look up. They are useful, because they fuel the dissemination of this idea to a <em>much larger</em> group of people who aren’t actually insane, but are familiar with and sympathetic to the idea of the antichrist as an individual with specific characteristics. This ad is for those people.