Mike Gallagher

Pandering? I’m not exactly sure how a Christmas message from a political candidate that may – or may not – have featured a cross-like image in the background is pandering. In fact, I’m still trying to figure that one out. Maybe Bill hit the eggnog a bit early.

But allow me to describe what really happened this week over this preposterous flap. Americans who are completely disgusted with the full frontal assault on anything and everything Christian paid attention. They simply could not believe their eyes and ears, that mean-spirited, Christmas-hating pundits and liberal media elitists were actually whining and complaining that someone (perhaps) had the audacity to display a Christian symbol during a Christian message that celebrated Christmas.

They noticed, all right. I fielded the calls and read the email and faxes that poured into our network studios. And more than a few said that up until now, they were undecided about who to vote for.

Not anymore.

The clear winner this week was Mike Huckabee. He garnered sympathy, support and appreciation over this controversy and he didn’t even have to admit that the cross-like bookshelf was inserted intentionally. Could it have been? Normal people don’t know and don’t care.

Pat Robertson expressed strong reservations about Mormonism on my radio show today, reflecting the concern, fair or not, that Mitt Romney’s religious beliefs are dramatically out of touch with traditional Christianity. It was a reminder as to why Huckabee has commanded such an impressive surge in the polls with only a fraction of the campaign war chests of his Republican rivals.

Pretending that Christianity isn’t important to Christians won’t cut it. And few will doubt what a deeply faith-filled man Mike Huckabee is, a faith that is shared by millions of Christian voters.

Many of those voters decided to support Gov. Mike Huckabee this week, and all because of a bizarre overreaction to his Christmas message.

It just might have been the best investment in a single TV commercial that a politician has ever made.

Gov. Huckabee, are you really that smart?

Mike Gallagher

Mike Gallagher is a nationally syndicated radio host, Fox News Channel contributor and guest host and author of 50 Things Liberals Love to Hate.