So who won the battle in the most anticipated, scrutinized, studied, criticized and speculated upon Super Bowl in the history of this televised event? No, I don’t mean the football game, I mean the Focus on the Family ad featuring the mother of Tim Tebow. (oh, for the record, the Saints beat the Colts, 31-17).
Well, it’s only my opinion but the win clearly belongs to Focus on the Family and the Tebow family, and even more importantly the win also goes to the wider conservative, pro-life movement. Even more clearly than who the winners are, is that the losers are hands down, unquestionably liberal pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood, NOW and Gloria Allred. Yeah, cause they lost it. Literally. Remember all the articles expressing the Left’s outrage over this commercial that was going to “blur the lines of sports and politics”? We all remember that. Then the Super Bowl came and the ad (actually two ads) were run.
Nothing. Nothing outrageous, nothing controversial, nothing offensive.
After seeing the actual commercial, most of us responded with a quizzical look and perhaps a “is that it?” question. I myself thought I must have missed the real commercial, as the one I saw was so–uncontroversial. Anyone not already on a side in this debate was left to wonder how come the liberals were trying so hard to shutdown that commercial. The people in the room I was in, filled with twenty-something year olds of seemingly all political stripes responded with “is that it?” confusion and comments. A big debate about what the big deal was ensued. And the liberals looked exactly like what they are: controlling, irrational, anti-Christian and pro-abortion, and certainly not ‘pro-choice,’ if that choice means choosing Life. The ungluing of the Liberal Left leading up to the Super Bowl wasn’t a pretty sight to see, unless you are on the pro-life side like I am, in which case, watching the left unravel in the weeks before the Super Bowl culminating in the final ‘sssssss’ as the air went out of their bloated windbags upon seeing the actual commercial was priceless.
I want to say that the pro-abortion side handed the Tebow side the victory, because they clearly overreacted and overreached. But you know what? No, I don’t think that is quite right. The Left lost it, sure and they certainly did not seem to be in the same ballgame as the Tebow family. But they didn’t lose the contest for America’s sympathy. FotF and the Tebows won it—by accurately predicting a meltdown on the left. Looking back on it now, I can see that the win didn’t happen on Sunday, February 7th. The win occurred in the strategy meetings at FotF. Yep, altogether a brilliant plan. Just let it be leaked that Focus on the Family was buying ad time during the Super Bowl, and that the ad in question might feature Tim Tebow. Then get that corrected to say it’s really going to be about his mom. Google searches ensue. Blogs are written that suggest that Pam Tebow will be talking about her difficult choice to bring her pregnancy with Tim to term when doctors recommended she abort him. Speculation grows like wildfire until it is a near certainty that Pam Tebow will be talking about her difficult choice to bring her pregnancy with Tim to term when doctors recommended she abort him. Radical liberals and abortion providers go into meltdown, threatening CBS, the NFL and everyone else they can think of. America takes note warily. Why are all these people so up in arms? If they are “pro-choice,” why can’t Mrs. Tebow talk about her choice? Isn’t choosing Life an equally valid (at the least!) choice? No, America learns during Super Bowl XLIV: it’s not. Choosing Life is not an option for radical pro-choice groups.
Personally, I want to thank Focus on the Family, Pam Tebow, Tim Tebow and all those bloggers out there who let it ‘slip’ that Pam Tebow might talk about abortion during an ad to be run during the Super Bowl.
(I am not the only one who thinks this)