Among mainstream commentators, John McCain's web ad mocking Barack Obama as a self-infatuated, pseudo-messianic figure (as massive crowds chant his name and spiritual imagery swirls, an announcer somberly intones, "They will call him the One"), inspired mostly raised eyebrows and thumbs-down. Maud Newton, however, a lit-blogger who was steeped in fundamentalist culture as a child, says the scoffers missed something important: "The ad," she writes, "is designed to galvanize a very specific group: Evangelical Christians of the End Times, Rapture-Ready variety. It is designed, more to the point, to scare these people by insinuating that Barack Obama is the Antichrist."
Is that a paranoid take on an innocent bit of satire, however hamfisted, of the Obama phenomenon? Hal Lindsey, the author of the '70s-era bestseller "The Late Great Planet Earth," could be considered an expert in end-times-related matters. And he, in his column at WorldNetDaily, has flatly denied that Obama is the anti-Christ. To the contrary, as Marc Ambinder of the Atlantic reports, Lindsey believes Obama is simply laying the groundwork for God's ultimate enemy.
The anti-Christ, writes Lindsey,
will probably also stand in some European capital, addressing the people of the world and telling them that he is the one that they have been waiting for. And he can expect as wildly enthusiastic a greeting as Obama got in Berlin.
The Bible calls that leader the Antichrist. And it seems apparent that the world is now ready to make his acquaintance.
Meanwhile, Redstate.com, scenting a trend -- or at least a commercial opportunity -- is selling t-shirts with this image:
Scott McLemee seconds Newton's interpretation
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