It’s routine for Republican candidates to claim that they are only running for office because God wants them to and told them so, of course, but this year it seems more popular than ever. Salon has a list of the candidates — six of them so far — who have made that claim in the presidential race.
I’ve already documented this about Scott Walker and Ben Carson, but here are some of the others. John Kasich:
My family is a consideration, and number two, the most important thing is, what does the Lord want me to do with my life? You know, he puts us on Earth, all of us on Earth, to achieve certain purposes, and I’m trying to determine if this is what the Lord wants, and I’m not going to figure that out laying in bed hoping lightning strikes, so I’m out there one foot in front of another. We’ll see what happens.
Well that’s an interesting take on it. He isn’t coming out and saying that God told him to run, he’s saying that the only way to find out if God wants him to run is to go ahead and do it and see how it works out. So when he loses badly — and he will — will he then admit that God didn’t really want him to run after all? Will he feel guilty for not doing God’s will?
And then this just entire organic buildup of people who basically said, you know, for whatever reason, we’re not comfortable with the host of people who are coming forward to say they want to be the next president of the United States. And we look at your record, we look you and we want you to do this. And it has been an incredible outpouring and I can tell you that has given me the calmness in my soul that, you know, God sends messages through a lot of ways and through a lot of messengers.
So Perry knows it’s God’s will because he “sent” people to tell him that he needs to run. But that’s true of every other candidate as well, isn’t it? Doesn’t every candidate have people who tell them that they should run for president? And how does he know that God is speaking only through the people who think he should run for president? Couldn’t God just as easily be speaking to him through the people who thinks he’s an idiot who shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near political power?
Like Perry, Rick Santorum’s family also had a divine understanding of what compelled his presidential ambitions. The former Pennsylvania senator’s wife, Karen, told CBN News in 2011 that her husband’s candidacy was about “defending God’s truth in the world,” explaining that “it really boils down to God’s will. What is it that God wants? … We have prayed a lot about this decision, and we believe with all our hearts that this is what God wants.”
And now that you’re polling so badly that he isn’t even going to qualify for the 10-candidate debate in a couple weeks, how’s God’s will working out for you?
And finally, Mike Huckabee:
And whether it’s me or someone else, and I do ask people to pray. For me, this is not just a political or financial decision, it is a spiritual decision. You know, the only thing worse than not being elected president would be to be elected president without God’s blessing. I can’t think of a worse place in the world to be than in the Oval Office without God’s hand upon you. I’d rather not get near the place. But if that’s a purpose, so be it. And that’s my prayer.
Ah yes, the old “I don’t want to do this, but the Lord wants me to.” It’s the equivalent of Jesus in the garden saying “father, please let this cup pass from me.”
You’ll notice that three of those four said the same thing about the 2012 campaign, in which they all lost. Kasich is new, but he knows how to play the game.