Much ado has been made over Presidential hopeful, Governor Mike Huckabee's "Merry Christmas" ad. Some of the more religious observers have seen a miraculous cross floating in the background. Me, I just saw a bookcase. You can judge for yourself, the YouTube video is posted below. Click to activate the control.
What most people do not realize is that this is the toned down version of his Christmas ad. Here are some of the early ad concepts. Click on the thumbnail to view the larger picture.
In this initial ad concept, the Governor would have dinner with Jesus and ask Him what He thinks about the way His birthday is celebrated. The concept was put on hold because the campaign team felt it was better suited for Easter, but they kept the "true meaning of Christmas" theme.
In this ad, Governor Huckabee would position himself as THE Christian's candidate of choice. As a divine messenger of God, the "Angelic" Huckabee would surely get the Evangelical vote. But what about less conservative voters? The answer has something to do with fire and brimstone--which do not resonate well with voters.
This third concept, the "Santa Huck", was scrapped because Governor Huckabee lost his "Santa Gut" as reported by Men's Health. Most people are happy for you if you lose weight. In this case, the campaign team was upset with the governor. In my opinion, Huck's health is more important than a Santa ad anyway.
Say what you will about Mike Huckabee, but Chuck Norris supports him--so if you say something bad, you may get your butt kicked in a major way.