What happens when candidates called by God drop out?
Kelly Oxford's tweet from Wednesday.
January 5th, 2012
11:59 AM ET

What happens when candidates called by God drop out?

By Stephen Walsh, CNN

On Wednesday, blogger and sitcom writer Kelly Oxford sent a tweet about the Republican race for the presidency that got a lot of folks asking: Is this God’s idea of a joke?

Oxford, whose Twitter feed was named by TIME magazine one of the 140 best of 2011, wrote, “Cain, Perry, Bachmann all claimed God told them to run for President, and all are out of the race. God is hilarious.”

It’s been reported that Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum have all suggested that God called on them to enter the presidential race.

But here we are: Cain’s out. Bachmann’s out.

After returning to Texas to “reassess” his campaign, Perry announced he’s not throwing in the towel. Judging by his poor showing in the Iowa caucuses and the debates so far, however, many political experts think it’s just a matter of time.

The only one with supposed divine guidance who’s still in the race is Santorum.

So what gives? Did the candidates misread God’s supposed message? Does the defeat of a divinely-inspired candidate necessarily contradict a message from God?

We want to hear form you. What do you think?

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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  1. Real.American

    These people invoke a god they don't know or understand. He said he will deny he ever knew them on the day of reckoning. You know their veracity by their actions, not their words! Hypocricy 101 + Idiot Dimwit = Hilarious Comedy with Nukes.
    Case closed..

    January 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  2. David Crosby

    Their god is a myth and they are using religion to line their pockets..if you fools cannot produce Jesus or at least his phone number then you are full of it...and so is your dead god...

    January 26, 2012 at 4:16 am |
  3. Rico

    Just another case proving god is nothing more than the Harry Potter of his time, pure fiction. Those that follow "his" teachings, simpletons.

    January 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  4. You sad, sad people

    You sad, sad people

    January 22, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  5. Mark

    Religion should be left out of politics. I am voting for the first person who wants to turn democrats into something useful like bar soap or fuel oil.

    January 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  6. Truth

    If by God you mean the Koch Brothers....I believe that...

    January 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  7. Karen

    If you think one way, God wanted your input in the campaign. God thought you could make a difference, different than winning the nomination. If you think another way, it's ridiculously arrogant to think god gives a flying flip about the presidency in America. Like, god watches tv? Like, Bachman is so special that god talks to her?

    January 17, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • Jeff

      karen,."Politicians who "think" God wants them to run for anything are delusional or deceptive or both.That so many Republicans hear voices from God or whatever only makes Democrats seem more far more respectful or others and, yes,... sane.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
  8. Locker

    These candidates know that over half of the American public is so stupid, sheeplike and misinformed that just saying "God" over and over is enough to get elected. It doesn't matter if every single policy and decision of the lawmaker is counter-productive to the voter. It doesn't matter because the candidate says "God" and hates gay people. The US government isn't the problem rather it's the willful stupidity of our citizenry which facilitates this kind of strategy.

    January 17, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  9. tokencode

    I don't want anyone who thinks god is talking to them and telling them to run for president to be anywhere near the big red button to launch nukes. These people shouldn't be running for president, they should be in a mental instiution

    January 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  10. Cesar

    Those candidates are so full of baloney, especially Cain. He is the typical "hypocrite" as written in the bible.

    Just read it , especially the part where Jesus says,[ get thee away from me workers of iniquity because i never knew ye...]

    January 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  11. arelom

    Believing that God told you to run is different from believing that God told you that you would win. There are many possible personal and public benefits from a person running for President that don't involve winning.

    January 12, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • Jeff

      God works in mysterious ways, but it's no mystery why candidates say God told them to run. It's because they know the USA has a huge number of gullible voters and brainwashed "dittoheads" who would vote for anyone who says he is doing God's work and to vote for God via that deluded or cynical candidate who uses others' passion for God for his own ends.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  12. hellfire

    I think God has better things to do than to talk to these bozos. Sorry, GOP, not buying it.

    January 12, 2012 at 10:04 am |
  13. disbeliever

    A rational person calls it a "whim" as in "to do something on a whim". The irrational people call it a message from God.

    January 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  14. Olaf

    Well, the very same problem do have cardinals which voted for another cardinal but not the elected pope.
    It is said the 'holy spirit' will guide them when voting, well, this spirit must have a sense of humor telling old men to vote wrong I guess.

    January 10, 2012 at 2:22 am |
  15. Jt_flyer

    Either God is a total, back-stadbbing, coward who's goal is to cause pain OR these people lied OR these people are insane. One things fore sure: it's not the first one.

    January 9, 2012 at 7:06 am |
  16. infidelio666

    So, let's put this in a more cosmic perspective: Sometime last year, God the creator of the entire universe, focuses his attention on one of a 100 billion galaxies and then on one star in about 100 billion stars of this our Milky way galaxy. (I guess he had nothing better to do with the rest of the entire universe). Now focussing his attention on planet earth he considers the 7 billion inhabitants and he picks (of all people) Rick Perry! And the Lord sayeth unto Rick: I know you have a memory like a sieve and your IQ is somewhat embarrassing, but I like your wonderful macho Texas style! I think you should try to be the leader of the most powerful nation on this planet. Really?????

    January 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  17. government spy

    If Jesus (existed and) were alive today, do you really think he'd vote Republican? He would vote for the party that favors the rich, and wants to remove aid for the sick and poor?

    You really think that.

    Well, lucky for the rest of us it's all made up.

    January 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • Friendly Neighborhood Atheist

      Couldn't agree more. The Hypocricy of the right wing conservatives is utter insanity. I am an Atheist so I am not swayed by the debates on religion etc, but for a party who wholeheartedly believes in the divine intervention of Yahweh their God and the virgin mother giving birth to their lord and savior, I cannot fathom how they could so vehemently disagree with that lord and savior's core beliefs. I guess I will never understand the mind of a religious devotee

      January 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • dreama

      How sad to see such disrespect given to the Almighty God! God is a God of forgiveness but i wouldn't disrespect and curse Him as many of you do – and please DO NOT attempt to know what God thinks!!! You have no right!!!!!! All I know is there is a Jesus Christ and His time of return is coming and you may not make it to everlasting glory by being so rebellious and ignorant – you are you know!!!!!!

      January 21, 2012 at 8:53 am |
  18. Daniel Oblinger

    Thou shall not use the Lord's name in vain.........I rest my case.

    January 7, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
  19. Thomas

    What do I think? I think people that are not of faith hide behind rocks waiting for any excuse to attack candidates of faith. God does work in minute detail that insignificant humans can figure out and know his next move. We works in glorious wondrous broad brush strokes. Like try this one on for size: This nation was founded on and is largely guided by Judeo-Christian principles. And it has been the most blessed and prosperous nation in the history of the earth. Only a fool would argue with the facts.

    January 7, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
    • hero blue

      There is so many things wrong with this statement. First this nation is not founded on judeo christian principles the founders went out of their way to create a secular government. This nations "blessed and prosperous" status is subjective to those living in its borders. For instence African Americans while the most devought religious believers historically are one of the most marginalized groups in the country. There are many examples of this nature. Also many of the country's prosparity means came directly from hurting other nations in some way...Is toppling other nations also apart of God's plan. In truth most people including Presidential canidate use God as an inspiration becaue most of the country is religious. God on the other hand is not real so the sentimate is just pointless useless dribble.

      January 8, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • Mikey

      Thomas – while I agree with your sentiment, the word is DRIVEL not dribble. Dribble is what a baby does, drivel is useless, inane words.

      January 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  20. Jesus

    What a sucking poor work my Father did that cannot get a clear communication line with his creation. Clearly they misunderstand.... I am going to talk with the Holy Gosht right now to veto my cheap dad and get Internet in Heaven, I am not asking for Facebook, but at least a basic g-mail account, so we can tell them clearly what we want.

    January 7, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
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