God must really hate Scott Walker

The rapid fall of Scott Walker was something to behold. Of course, you would not expect an arrogant person like him to accept the fact that his demise was due to a combination of being an incompetent debater, a lousy campaigner, and having a smarmy and odious personality. No, of course not.

The reasons he himself gives are far more grand. He said that while in church on Sunday, he realized that he has been “called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race” and “I encourage other Republican presidential candidates to consider doing the same so the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive, conservative alternative to the current frontrunner.” He also thanked God again.

In other words, rather than being a loser, he was actually a winner because his god was calling Walker to withdraw and be like Moses and lead most of the other candidates in withdrawing from the race and thus his leaving was part of a grand plan in which he was playing a noble, even epic, role.

The catch with this is that Walker was also convinced that it was his god who wanted him to enter the race in the first place. He was emphatic about it, saying in a fundraising letter to his supporters that “I needed to be certain that running was God’s calling — not just man’s calling. I am certain: This is God’s plan for me and I am humbled to be a candidate for President of the United States.

So now we have a puzzle: What the hell is Walker’s god up to? As I see it there are three possibilities:

1. There is no god and Walker is simply attributing to god what he is deciding is best for himself.
2. God is a bit of a ditherer and did actually change his/her/its mind about Walker’s candidacy, which puts a dent in his/her/its reputation for omniscience.
3. God actually hates Walker and is having fun with him by jerking him around.

Option #1 is the most likely of course but I enjoy option #3 the most.

As for his appeal to his fellow Republicans to join in his new and improved god’s plan to follow him in dropping out, this assumes that the other candidates are not power hungry egomaniacs like him who will be only too glad to see him go. In reality, they will all agree with his call for more candidates to drop out only as long as they are the designated flag bearer sent out to slay the Trumpdragon.


  1. Reginald Selkirk says

    Fiorina weighs in on religion and leadership

    Fallon then brought up Ben Carson’s contention that a Muslim could not be president.
    “Well, I think that’s wrong,” said Fiorina. “It says in our Constitution that religion cannot be a test for office. It’s also true that this country is founded on the principle that we judge each individual [a telling, partial thought], and that anyone of any faith is welcome here.

    How broad-minded of her. But wait:

    “I actually believe that people of faith make better leaders, whether they’re Christians, as I am… My faith has sustained me through some very bad times. I battled cancer, I’ve lost a child. I’ve been tested. But whether it’s a person of Christian faith, or Jewish faith, or Muslim faith, or other faiths, I think faith gives us humility and empathy and optimism, and I think those are important things.”

    So it doesn’t matter what kind of religion, so long as it’s not atheist.

  2. raven says

    Sigh. Walker and everyone so far has missed the all purpose real explanation.

    It’s all the fault of satan and the demons!!!

    It’s always the demons. Except when god is in charge and everything happens for a reason. Xianity is incoherent. It’s also a good way to completely not take responsibility for their actions. Xians are just meat robots controlled by the cosmic forces of god and the angels. Hmmm, or was it satan the demons.

  3. raven says

    Look at it on the bright side. Walker can now go back to destroying Wisconsin. Wisconsin ranks number 1 in the shrinking middle class and decidely second rate in recovering from the recession.

    Wisconsin ended up with huge budget deficits as the magic of supply side economics failed once again. So Walker just cut services including education.

  4. StevoR says

    “God must really hate Scott Walker”

    Well He can durn well wait in line with the rest of us then!

    Good riddance Walker. Surprised to see you beat Jindal outta there but oh well ce la vie. Ya won’t be missed. (Nor will Perry or Santorum or Abbott.)

  5. Reginald Selkirk says

    Ben Carson explains why he was taken out of context

    “I don’t care what a person’s religious beliefs are or what their religious heritage is. If they embrace American culture, if they embrace our constitution and are willing to place that above their religious beliefs, I have no problem with it,” Carson said before a rally in Sharonville. …
    “If the question had been asked about a Christian and they had said, you know, would you support a Christian who believes in establishing a theocracy, I would have said no,” he said. …
    “If you’re a Christian and you’re running for president and you want to make this into a theocracy, I’m not going to support you. I’m not going to advocate you being the president,” he said.

    That sounds reasonable. And very unlike previous Carson statements.
    Ben Carson’s theocratic lie: The pernicious myth of America the “Christian nation”

  6. jimmyfromchicago says

    Walker’s fundraising dried up, so “God wanted me to drop out” probably counts as unintentional honesty.

  7. Numenaster says

    Perhaps God only wanted him to be a candidate but not to win the election. To serve as a shield and draw early fire to provide cover for some more electable person. I can totally understand him not putting that in the fund-raising pitch.

  8. Al Dente says

    Just another example of how God is an iron.

    “If a person who indulges in gluttony is a glutton, and a person who commits a felony is a felon, then God is an iron. --Spider Robinson

  9. Nick Gotts says

    No, no, no! Look, it’s obvious:

    Forasmuch as the LORD had need of a faithful servant who would lead the Clearing of the Field at the appointed time, to serve Him in this wise he choose Scott Walker, far-rightrighteous governor of the province of Wisconsin, on the shores of the lake which is called Michigan. Therefore said He unto Scott Walker: “My servant Scott, enter ye the contest, yea even that for the Republican Presidential nomination.” Now this was both wise and cunning, although the LORD knew well that Scott Walker had not the faintest chance of winning, nay not that of a snowball which is in hell: for how could Scott Walker lead the Clearing of the Field, without he first entered the same?

  10. StevoR says

    @ ^ Nick Gotts : Except Walker didn’t even lead that clearing of the field (yet to really get underway although hopefully soon!) because Rick Perry beat him to the “honour” of dropping out first! 555

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