Slacktivist pointed out that no less than four Republican candidates have claimed that God called them to run. Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Herman Cain all state regularly that they are in the race at least partly due to the wishes of the Lord.
I know this is never actually going to happen, but wouldn’t it be magnificently awkward if reporters would start asking the candidates about each other’s divine mandate? You know, “So, Governor Perry, Representative Bachmann here has said that she regularly receives assurance from The Lord that she is meant to run. Do you feel that she is incorrect?”
We all know that there is a big social taboo against questioning any candidate’s deeply rooted personal religious opinions. But personally, I feel like the omniscient ruler over all creation ought to be a little bit more decisive about guiding an election, don’t you think? In a world where God really existed and actively desired the election of one particular candidate, there might in principle be a single right answer to the question of who’s really God’s candidate. It might, of course, be an undiscoverable answer; but if all these candidates are going around claiming they know they have God’s endorsement, at least three of them must be lying or mistaken, yes? That ought to be a fairly obvious statement even for the most hardened theocrat.
And I’d like some follow-up questions, too. Mitt Romney the Mormon is presumed to be the likely front runner right now; suppose he wins the primary? Is somebody please, PLEASE going to go up to Rick Santorum and ask “So, Rick, you said that God wanted you to run, but that Mormon guy sure did kick your ass. Why did that happen?” And if Obama is re-elected, I’m dying for all four of them to answer the question about what the heck God was up to.