God Is My Campaign Strategist.

Not to pile on or anything, but I just had to pull out this quote from a TPM story about our new friend Christine O'Donnell:

"During the primary, I heard the audible voice of God," she said. "He said, 'Credibility.' It wasn't a thought in my head. I thought it meant I was going to win. But after the primary, I got credibility."

I realize that criticizing someone's religious beliefs gets one into dangerous territory, but crazy is crazy. There are lots of people who believe that whatever thought that pops into their head has been injected by God with his heavenly hypodermic needle, that if you're wavering between ordering the tuna melt or the chicken salad, and then you just get a feeling you're in the mood for tuna, it's because God put that tuna feeling on your heart, and the tuna is a vitally important part of his divine plan for you. That may be inane, but it's at least open to interpretation. Who's to say what the tuna feeling really means? In this case, however, O'Donnell isn't talking about a feeling, she's saying that God literally spoke to her. Audibly. She's hearing voices.

But maybe God is onto something here. When the word "Credibility" boomed down from above, the meaning might well have been, "Christine, end this madness now -- you have no credibility, and running for Senate will only bring ridicule upon thee."

-- Paul Waldman

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