A John McCain campaign ad appears to play into Internet buzz about Barack Obama as the Antichrist, Time reports, and the spot's biblical flavor has Christian Democrats up in arms. McCain reps have called the ad “creative” and “humorous,” but it uses language evocative of the popular end-times Left Behind series and the Book of Revelation.
“The frequency of these images and references don't make any sense unless you're trying to send the message that Obama could be the Antichrist,” one Democratic consultant said. A Google search of “Obama” and “Antichrist” returns 700 results, including a blog devoted exclusively to the topic. “It scares the daylights out of me,” one progressive evangelical said.