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God: The Most Powerful Republican Swing Voter

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God: The Most Powerful Republican Swing Voter


Rick Santorum’s wife, Karen, made headlines on Thursday when she told conservative talk show host Glenn Beck that it was “God’s will” that her husband runs for President.

“I did always feel in my heart that God had big plans for Rick. Eventually it was there, tugging at my heart,” she said.

But Santorum is not the only candidate who God has pushed into the race. Judging from the comments of the Republican candidates, God is the ultimate Republican swing voter. Like the Republican electorate, He apparently can’t decide who He supports for the nomination, and He is constantly hoping for a new candidate to enter the race.

Former Godfathers’ Pizza CEO Herman Cain was the first candidate to hear God urging him to run for President. Cain told the audience at a Tea Party rally in April that God helped him beat cancer in 2006 because He presumably wanted to see the 9-9-9 plan in action.

“You want to know why? God said, ‘Not yet Herman,'” Cain told the crowd. “God said, ‘Not yet. I’ve got something else for you to do.’ And it might be to become the president of the United States of America.”

God also pushed Michele Bachmann to jump into the race. In late May, Bachmann told Iowa Public Television that “every decision that I make I pray about as does my husband and I can tell you, yes, I’ve had that calling and that tugging on my heart that this is the right thing to do.” Just two weeks later, Bachmann announced her candidacy during a Republican debate.

Apparently God wanted more than just Bachmann and Cain, so the lord of the universe encouraged Newt Gingrich to seek the nomination. When asked in 2010 if he was planning to run for president, Ginrich replied “I suspect that will be up to God and the American people.”

A little over a year later, God apparently gave Newt the go-ahead — despite his multiple religious conversions and three marriages.

God wasn’t done yet though. Last summer, as Republican voters vocally expressed their dissatisfaction with the field that He helped put together, God urged another Republican — Texas Governor Rick Perry — to jump into the field.

“I’m not ready to tell you that I’m ready to announce that I’m in,” Perry told the Des Moines Register in late July. “But I’m getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I’ve been called to do.”

Perry soon jumped into the field, fully confident that he was God’s favorite candidate. As his wife told NBC news in October:

“We are being brutalized by our opponents, and our own party. So much of that is, I think they look at him, because of his faith. He is the only true conservative — well, there are some true conservatives. And they’re there for good reasons. And they may feel like God called them too. But I truly feel like we are here for that purpose.”

In the same interview, Anita Perry compared her husband’s decision to run for president to Moses encountering the burning bush. Unlike Moses, however, neither Perry nor the other Republicans who God called to run were destined to lead anyone anywhere.

So overall, at least five Republican candidates feel that God called upon them to run for president. In an interesting twist, they happen to be the five candidates who have caused the most controversy throughout the campaign, and arguably done the most damage to the Republican brand. If you believe that this is the field that God has assembled for the Republican primary, then it is hard not to conclude that He must be seriously pulling for the Democratic Party.

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. Howz 1 February 25, 2012

    For way too long the religious right in this country has thrown the God they invented into most of their debates,but who is this God they talk about. Well for starters he loves rich people and truly dislikes poor ones,and especially those that live in trailer parks(notice where the tornados hit). He seem to feel if you are not working you are not worth much, and he has no real use for women other than to serve a man. He dosen’t like the enviorment he created, and told his followers to destroy it. He loves war against other peoples Gods, since he wants to be supreme and has created American exceptionalism, and gave us the right to do pretty much what we want in any country in the world. He loves oil and to drill all night and day, and can’t get enough of cars. No mass tranist for him. He loves big banks and wants them to own all the housing, and absolutely loves Wall St. and lavashes his bounty on the workers there,more in fact than anywhere else. Question is is that your God too? It surely isn’t mine.

  2. huskerjo February 25, 2012

    Maybe all of these candidates are correct and God has urged them to run. Has anyone considered God’s motivation in this? Think about it — He has told five totally incompetent Republican candidates to run for President, giving them a very visible opportunity to prove to the nation how stupid, racist, insane, and generally out of the realm of normal they are. What better way for God to guide the country than to push the unworthy forward to be exposed publically and have the voters deny them what they want. It sounds to me as if God is pulling for Obama.

  3. adlerman February 25, 2012

    The Republicans continually give god a bad name. No capital for their god because he seems to be a figment of their imagination or maybe this is his idea of a joke- tell these five losers to run for president then watch them fail and drop out. That
    would be the Old Testament God though- most of us only believe in the New Testament God.

  4. itsadogslife February 25, 2012

    The present group of “Speaking with God” Republican candidates makes me (a progressive) feel bad for the Republican Party. Once a Party to respect, it has become a joke, pushed by a field of candidates that are impossible to take seriously. The political comedians wake up each day and give praise to God that he/she has sent them so much material. I for one wake up and pray that President Obama will remain in office, because if in some horrible twist of fate one of these jokers should end up winning (remember Bush II), I am not sure this wonderful Country of ours will survive it.

  5. SandyJ February 25, 2012

    I know something about this having been raised in fundamental Christianity and being made to believe only “saved” Christians go to heaven and all the rest of humanity is destined to unspeakable torture and suffering for eternity. And forget about nurturing the planet because it’s insignificant in God’s whole scheme of things and, apparently also forget what the Bible says about taking care of the poor and so on and so on. I do have compassion for people who still subscribe to it. They have a perfect right to believe what they want and worship as they please, but they should not be encouraged toward leadership. It’s all our fault that the top conservative contenders for leader of the free world are irrational and foolish hypocrites who don’t have a clue without that quintessential “burning in the bosom” and whatever the other cults call it.

  6. Maricia12 February 25, 2012

    I think you all hit the nail on the head about the hypocritical Conservative Republican party, their Presidential candadates and their belief God wants each of them to be President. My guess is if God does allow any of these rejects to win, it will be because he is so disappointed with America that he wants to destroy it. Nothing I have ever read in the Bible leads me to believe that Jesus desired to be a highly paid CEO who turned his back on the poor and sick. They must have a “different” Bible than I do. Religion, the way they practice it, could turn more away than bring them in. This is the very reason church and state should always be separated. If our Constitution is not clear on that then it is time to change it so there is no doubt.

  7. Maricia12 February 25, 2012

    sorry, I did not notice the spelling mistake.

  8. M.Moncur Gutschalk February 25, 2012

    I am sure tht the candidates who are told to run for office by God really believe it. However, they don’t seem to pay any attention to God’s instructions to take care of the poor,etc. It also seems that Ricky wants to control all women as he appears to do so with his wife. I wonder are his kids still home schooled.

  9. Independent1 February 25, 2012

    What’s sad is that millions of ‘true’ Christians are being led astray by America’s largest anti-Christian organization, a party that is leading them into exactly the opposite of what Jesus taught. The GOP’s entire focus is on MONEY and ME keeping it. It appears at least, that virtually no decision is made in Congress by GOP legislators that is not based on MONEY. And made in a way that ensures that as much money as possible ends up not only in the pockets of those who already have more than they need, but also in the pockets of the legislators. I am totally unable to recall the last time I heard someone from the GOP promote legislation that would help someone truly in need…the poor, the elderly, those unable to help themselves. Jesus never taught the notion that we should teach someone how to do something so that we didn’t have to continue helping them. But that’s the mantra of the GOP.. Maybe I’m wrong, I’ve voted for a couple GOP candidates years back, but today all I see of this party is: It’s all about ME keeping MY money in MY pocket despite what that may mean to someone else and It’s all about judging, I have the right to tell other people how to live their lives. While Jesus never taught any of that nor sent forth his apostles saying: if you don’t like the way they live create the right rules for them. NO, he said, go forth and preach the gospel and if they don’t believe, dust yourself off and leave them. God has never abdicated to any Pope, priest, preacher or layperson, his right to be the final judge.

  10. wildbillohio@yahoo.com February 25, 2012

    THESE GOPers make a mockery of religion-remember TAMMY and jJIM BAKER, THEY ARE BOTH DEAD NOW ,GOD rest they’re souls but talk about hypocrites she wore more diamonda tha any diamond store SWINGIN SWAGGERT—WOW WHAT A JOKE DISGRACED OFF OF TV BUT HE’S BACKKKKKKKKKKKKK, and these idiots are pouring millions into his pockets. -JOYCE MEYERS see the jewelry on her, annd she has her own private jet, u people better get a life-just pray to GOD but stay away from those bible thumping parasites- tghya are laughging all the way to the bank at your expense there are a lot of true GOD loving preachers but not SWINGIN SWAGGERT -JOYCE MEYERS, SAVE UR MONEY IF U HAVE THAT MUCH then donate some to the SALVATION ARMY, AN ORGANIZATION THAT HELPS THE NEEDY

  11. EATHERICH February 25, 2012

    freedom FROM religon, now there is a thought.

  12. Sam4337 February 25, 2012

    All these so called “good Christians” claim their candidacy is called for by God or Jesus. Sure glad none of them are Jewish. We have enough of our own problems.

  13. babyblue February 25, 2012

    The cracked GOP ultra right wing candidates seeking the neo-conservative evangelical bigot vote claims a mission direct from God. These sub-human vampires are wealthy parasites who would condemn their Jesus as he was homeless, unemployed, poor with no career, title, position, wealth to the dump heap to search for discarded food to eat. The Republiscum hypocrisy is totally mind blowing, the moronic retards who support them and their Corporate greedy war machines have spread across America like a virulent malignant cancer. Stamp out the Kochroaches and the TP disease from the USA today, vote Obama and vote Democrat for 2012.

  14. Kingofnotsomuch February 25, 2012

    All of the GOP candidates mis-understood what was being said.God told them to run the other way!!I know ,because I heard God when he said it.

  15. Baron Cormac February 25, 2012

    Do all of these candidates and their spouses really believe what they are saying? This must be proof that the great Jehovah loves a practical joke, otherwise he wouldn’t havt told so many of these clowns to run!

  16. stsintl February 26, 2012

    George W. Bush said that he was God’s choice for the White House Who commanded him to start an unwanted war of aggression against the people of Iraq. After all, that nation needed “Born Again Christians” to purify that land of Abraham.
    I used to think that Republican Party of Lincoln & Eisenhower was hijacked by Rupert Murdoch and his ilks on Wall Street. But now looks like it has been taken over by the Christian Taliban. As Santorum just said this morning on “This Week” that JFK’s speech on separation of State & Church makes him throw up.

  17. Michael H. Prosser February 26, 2012

    My first point seems overwhelmingly simple: that the accidents of birth and geography determine to a very large extent to what faith we belong. The chances are very great that if you were born in Pakistan you are a Muslim, or a Hindu if you happened to be born in India, or a Shintoist if it is Japan, and a Christian if you were born in Italy. I don’t know what significant fact can be drawn from this — perhaps that we should not succumb too easily to the temptation to exclusiveness and dogmatic claims to a monopoly of the truth of our particular faith. You could so easily have been an adherent of the faith that you are now denigrating, but for the fact that you were born here rather than there.

    My second point is this: not to insult the adherents of other faiths by suggesting, as sometimes has happened, that for instance when you are a Christian the adherents of other faiths are really Christians without knowing it. We must acknowledge them for who they are in all their integrity, with their conscientiously held beliefs; we must welcome them and respect them as who they are and walk reverently on what is their holy ground, taking off our shoes, metaphorically and literally. We must hold to our particular and peculiar beliefs tenaciously, not pretending that all religions are the same, for they are patently not the same. We must be ready to learn from one another, not claiming that we alone possess all truth and that somehow we have a corner on God. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 2009, God is not a Christian and other provocations.

    He holds to the proposition that there are many paths to one God.
    Liberation theology’s leading tenet is that the church (mosque, temple)has no standing unless it stands with the poor, and that a country’s standing rests on how well it takes care of its poorest people.

    Clearly as God chooses justice and peace over injustice and war, he does not take sides in political campaigns, nor football games, nor rich or poor–except that God has a preverential inclination toward the poor, which can be seen in many of the psalms in the Old Testament, and also in St. Matthew–the beatitudes and the woes.
    God welcomes all good people into His Kingdom.

  18. JuanitaCarl February 27, 2012

    I recall the claim by G.W. Bush that “God” was sending him messages, and the total picture makes me think that this “God” has another name, RGO. It take a very bloated self image and a lot of arrogance to think that “God” always tells you to do just what you want.

  19. dawnowens March 1, 2012

    God works for late night comedians and political satirists, obviously.


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