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Sunday, June 7, 2009

With God on our side

Posted By on Sun, Jun 7, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Interesting report of Republicans playing the God card in Virginia politics. Newt Gingrich, of all people.

"I think this is one of the most critical moments in American history," Newt Gingrich, the former Republican House speaker, told the audience. "We are living in a period where we are surrounded by paganism."

(And, he could have added, surrounded by hypocrites who screwed around on cancer-stricken wives while waving the bloody shirt of "values.")

And, of course, Parson Mike Huckabee weighed in with what some bloggers are saying is the worst claim yet to divinely ordained American exceptionalism:

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and Baptist preacher who ran for president last year - and won the Iowa GOP's caucuses - and now has his own TV show on FOX, told the audience at the Virginia Beach forum that he was disturbed to hear Obama in Egypt suggesting that one nation shouldn't be exalted over another.

"The notion that we are just one of many among equals is nonsense," Huckabee said. The United States is a "blessed" nation, he said, calling the American revolutionary defeat of the British empire "a miracle from God's hand."

The same sort of miracle-working was at hand in the defeat of California's gay marriage amendment, Huckabee suggested -- voters "did it because some things are right and some things are wrong and they had to make a stand.''

This inspired one blogger to write of the "right-wing circle jerk":

Thanks to Mike Huckabee, we now know that God is a) French, and b) Mormon.

UPDATE: More traction for Huck's overloaded mouth. A Daily Kos diarist recounts some of the Huckster's other divine inspiration, such as when he implied Jesus supported the death penalty because he passed up a perfect opportunity to say he opposed it. Also there was the time Huckster said it was God's decision to give him the Iowa Republican caucus victory. (I guess He took a powder the rest of the primary.)

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