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. SR

    I find it insulting see these people (including T-Bow) using God's name to further their own purposes. I bet their they don't believe at all and are just very cynical and manuipulative. Their goals are always very selfish not like feeding the poor, helping the sick , etc. you don't hear those people using God (or Jesus' name)
    Shame on them they got what they deserve, they are not real believers just talkers.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  2. R Sommer

    Let's remember the Crusades were done in the name of God. Al Qaeda says they are doing God's work. The Spanish Inquisition was God's work according to the Catholic Church. Salem Witch trials..etc. Beware of anyone interfering in the lives of others claiming they are doing God's work. Maybe if they had a video of the message from God it might be ok.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • tom

      God told me not to vote for any of these A holes because he told me "He said no such thing, I put Obama in there and don't mess with my work."

      January 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • KC

      AMEN R Summer!! Amen!

      January 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  3. DriveThemFromTheTemple

    I think it's great that God has a sense of humor.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • clearfog

      Witness the platypus.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  4. Tony

    God already knows who the next 100 Presidents are going to be. So, if Cain, Perry and Bachman says God told them to run, then obviously He wanted them to do something that was useless in order to teach them a lesson. Since God works in mysterious ways, we will never know what that lesson is. For Cain, the lesson may have been a reminder to obey the 7th Commandment: Thou shalt not commit adultery. Since God knew Cain committed adultery and already knew that fact would come out on the exact time and date it did, all God had to do was put the "bug" in Cain's ear to run for President and VOILA.
    (BTW: I love it when God speaks in the 17th century English vernacular).

    January 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  5. chuck

    Didn't palin also say "god called her to political work" LOL I rest my case...

    January 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  6. Rich B

    Tim Tebow might still make it to the Super Bowl. If not, maybe god will let him make a last minute run for president.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  7. ETM

    It must be difficult for these candidates and their supporters to learn that their imaginary world really is imaginary.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  8. Rahn

    Anyone following god's advice needs to have their heads examined....Have they read the bible ? It's not a "good" book. If anything it's a "how to be a psychopath" book for the mentally unstable.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • Entil'za

      Thank you for your trollish atypical opinion.

      January 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • Aezel

      And that is how bad it is. The religioius nuts are so removed from reality that when someone speaks the cold hard truth they think it's trolling.

      January 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  9. Aezel

    I spoke to God this morning too. He said he's been busy all morning drawing his son in a piece of toast and trying to figure out why he couldn't help Tebow win at football even though he's omnipotent. I asked him why he keeps making gay people if he hates them so much and he just said "LOL c-c-c-c-c-c-c-c-c-c-c-c-c-c-c-c-c-c-c-c-c-coooombo breaker!"

    January 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  10. George

    Unfortunately God inspires people to do things that will be painful and you will lose at ... it may even cost your life but however it is still the right thing to do!

    January 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • tony

      You think Pagans didn't lose their lives trying to save their children, when attacked, running through forest fires, drowning, etc.

      January 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • Al

      Yes, I'm an idiot.

      January 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • clearfog

      God told me that you should send me all of your money. It may be painful, but it is the right thing to do.

      January 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  11. Nathan

    Just because someone claims that God called them doesn't mean God did call them.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  12. Bill

    Just ask Bill Maher about these wacko nut-jobs.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  13. Rich B

    Tim Tebow might still make it to the Super Bowl. If not, maybe go will let him make a last minute run for president.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  14. Kevin

    Could it be that they they were claiming they spoke to god in hopes of getting the religious vote? It could never be that politicians would use a tool such as god to sway the vote. Hopefully soon enough people will stop listening to politicians when they claim these fanatical things. Instead they should be mocked for their claims.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  15. clearfog

    It was all a big misunderstanding. God did tell them to run. However, God meant that each better run before He kicked their sorry a$$.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  16. Arthur

    The gods we created are the lesser gods. We haven't yet found much less accepted the true god. Maybe god is within us all waiting to be discovered. But no, we'll just have to get by insulting each other. Beware of any religion created by man.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  17. Mark

    Must have been a wrong number.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  18. Jimmy

    God talked to me once when I was on LSD, same thing happened to the apostles when they at moldy bread.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • clearfog

      Cogito ergot sum.

      January 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • Mill Dude


      Ah, such rye humor 🙂

      January 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  19. Reality

    Some economic "nitty-gritty" for said politicians:

    How much money would the following save the US taxpayers ?:

    Saving 1.5 billion lost Muslims:
    There never were and never will be any angels i.e. no Gabriel, no Islam and therefore no more koranic-driven acts of horror and terror

    One trillion dollars over the next several years as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan will end.

    Eighteen billion dollars/yr to Pakistan will stop.

    Four billion dollars/yr to Egypt will end.

    Saving 2 billion lost Christians including the Mormons:
    There were never any bodily resurrections and there will never be any bodily resurrections i.e. No Easter, no Christianity!!!

    The Mormon empire will now become taxable as will all Christian "religions" and non-profits since there is no longer any claim to being a tax-exempt religion.

    Saving 15.5 million Orthodox followers of Judaism:
    Abraham and Moses never existed.

    Four billion dollars/yr to Israel saved.

    All Jewish sects and non-profits will no longer be tax exempt.

    Now all we need to do is convince these 3.5+ billion global and local citizens that they have been conned all these centuries. Time for a Twitter and FaceBook campaign!!!!

    January 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  20. tony

    @ Carol. Why does someone like you want women to suppress their god given brains, but not their man-given fetuses.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
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