I’ve been thinking about this whole Obama = Antichrist thing, and: doesn’t this help Obama with the apocalyptic Christian crowd? After all, the more bonkers element of the Christian right is more than happy to support Israel because the return of the Jews to their ancestral homeland indicates/will bring about/I don’t get the causation of/etc. the Second Coming and the End Times. Let’s get John Hagee on the case.

[Dear David Axelrod: I am so good at this. Call me.]

Anyway, I got this in an e-mail from a friend; identifying details have been changed to protect the innocent:

[redacted]: “No, really… y’all don’t get it up here. Some people in the south actually think Obama is the antichrist. People are talking about it in [medium-size deep southern city].”
Me: “That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.”
[redacted]: “I know, I agree. But I was at my [redacted]’s house last weekend and his mother actually said, ‘I really think Obama might be the antichrist. If you read the Bible… (etc.)’ And his parents are prominent members of the community. His dad runs a charity for the underprivileged.”
[redacted]: “I laughed like an idiot. And then got the hell out of there as soon as possible.”