If we are to take the word of Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI), then it turns out God is a liberal.
It's hard to interpret the news any other way of Mr. Walker dropping out of the GOP presidential race only two months after announcing his candidacy on July 15, after explaining that it was "God's plan" that he run in the first place.
Before even announcing his candidacy, Gov. Walker was actually leading GOP polls in Iowa, and leading by a lot, with 22%, well-ahead of Donald Trump with 13%. Then he got into the race, and immediately sent out a fundraising letter which began --
My relationship with God drives every major decision in my life. Each day I pray and then take time to read from the Bible and from a devotional named Jesus Calling.
By the way, to be clear, the bold-face is emphasized that way in the letter. That was not my editorial addition to make it stand out. Gov. Walker wanted to make sure that you knew and you understood without any chance of uncertainty that not only did he pray every day and have a close relationship to the Almighty, but that after all that prayer and soul searching he had learned that it was "God's plan" that he run for presidential.
The letter then goes on to describe his very conservative agenda ("his" being Scott Walker's agenda, not God's), and he repeats later in the letter once again that "My decisions are based on my relationship to God," just so you really can't miss it. And so, if anyone knows with spot-on certainty what "God's plan" is -- especially since he notes in the letter that he's also the son of a Baptist minister, so there's one more pipeline straight to the Almighty -- it's Scott Walker.
So, the only conclusion we can draw from this is that if Scott Walker, with all his conservative views was leading the GOP race before officially announcing his candidacy, got into the race specifically because it was "God's plan" (sorry, that's "God's plan"...) only to see that very support plummet from the aforementioned 22% down to a mere 3% and have to drop out of the race just a mere two months later, it would suggest that "God's plan" was to discredit those poll-leading conservative values and do so in as fast and public a way as possible.
I don't see any other reasonable interpretation. It's his own words, bold-faced. According to Scott Walker, God meant for him to get into the GOP race -- only to then humiliate the Wisconsin governor and his conservative views. So, if it's "God's plan," then God meant to do this.
Okay, in fairness, there's one other reasonable interpretation. It's that Scott Walker doesn't have remotely as close a relationship to God as he believes, and he doesn't have a clue to God's thinking and God's plans, and what he said in his fundraising letter was nothing more than wishful, arrogant hopes and a soul-empty way to convince others of his piety so great that God Himself anointed Mr. Walker to be the most powerful man in the world, so that people would fork over money.
I know that there are many other possible interpretations, but those are the only two that are reasonable and substantive. After all, as the theory known as Occam's Razor states -- when there are many explanations, the simplest is usually the right one.
To be clear, I'm not saying that God's plan was to discredit conservatism. I'm saying that that's what Scott Walker is saying. I don't believe for a second that it was "God's plan" for Scott Walker to run for President of the United States -- any more than it was "God's calling" to Michele Bachman to run in 2011, or that Mike Huckabee has a direct line to God, or that any candidate does. If God wanted someone to be president, that person would be president. And he or she wouldn't even have to tell you. Any deity who can create the world in six days and cause a flood to cover the earth can fix an election without breaking a sweat. And you'd know it. When God wanteth something to come to pass, He makes sure you know. Otherwise, what's the point? Divine providence carries a lot of weight.
But if Scott Walker wants to tell you that it was God's plan that he run -- and he does -- then he's got to accept the consequences of what it means when God tells him to get out.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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