The last time the ostentatious religiosity of a presidential candidate stuck in my craw, it was ten-gallon asshat Gov. Rick Perry. This time it’s Michele Bachmann, whose name in the same sentence as the words “presidential candidate” makes my throat close up.
“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.”
Please give a moment to collect myself, as I have just spent the last five minutes pounding my head against the wall.
I sincerely hope that Jonathan Bernstein is right, and Bachmann isn’t really going to make it to the nomination. Because the notion of the Oval Office being occupied by someone who believes in a God who communicates via hurricane gives me the howling fantods.
How is it possible that this woman can say this and get anyone to vote for her? I realize that I am probably hyperventilating for nothing, since she hasn’t won any actual primaries yet. But I desperately hope someone
[In trying to edit this post to reflect that video of the event makes it pretty clear that Bachmann was joking, I seem to have screwed it up royally. Anyhow, the upshot is that as much as I may disagree with Bachmann about… everything, in this case I was too hasty and unfair.]