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Here's something you may not have considered while weighing President Barack Obama's re-election chances: what if he's the Antichrist?
MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell addressed the possibility that Obama is the Antichrist on The Last Word. In a segment titled "Antichrist Politics," O'Donnell riffed with New York Times columnist Matthew Sutton on a possibility that, until a few days ago, most well adjusted Americans had never considered. Namely, is Obama the Antichrist?
Short answer: could be, if you're an evangelist. As Sutton noted, "specious theories" about Obama's place of birth, combined with his "internationalist tendencies, his measured support for Israel and his Nobel Peace Prize" all fit with the evangelical "long-held expectations about the Antichrist." Apparently, Obama's plan to expand government health care is also another indication of the impending Rapture. Please don't ask me to explain how.
Now for the zinger: this whole Antichrist kerfluffle could actually help the Obama campaign. As O'Donnell points out, evangelicals want to see the Antichrist appear, because it means the coming of Christ is that much closer. However, last night O'Donnell confirmed that there only seems to be one guy who actually believes it's true. Maybe that should be the focus of Obama's re-election campaign: a Rapture we can believe in.