Bachmann loves the Lord
Michele Bachmann loves the Lord. Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/CC BY-SA

Republican presidential candidate and Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann told a Florida crowd Sunday that Hurricane Irene and other natural disasters are God’s way of telling politicians that they need to downsize government and spend less. The statement is only the latest remark from the candidate implying she has a direct channel with the divine.

Campaigning in Florida

While Hurricane Irene — a storm that killed at least 21 people on the East Coast and has left millions without power — was still doing damage, Michele Bachmann was courting voters in Sarasota, Fla., on her first campaign visit to the state. She took the opportunity to blame the storm on God’s wrath and to say it was a clear sign to politicians that He wants them to adopt the Tea Party agenda. Alice Stewart, Bachmann’s spokesperson, said the candidate was joking.

Bachmann said to a crowd of more than 1,000:

“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.”

Jesus told her to run for Senate

This is not the first time Bachmann has alluded to divine intervention in her political career. She has said that Jesus called on her to run for the Minnesota senate and that God controls “every bit of life, including sociology, theology, biology, politics.” The evangelical Christian lobby is a powerful bloc of voters, and Bachmann is clearly courting them where they live.

On the heels of Beck

Her comments come right after remarks made on former Fox host Glenn Beck’s radio show; he said:

“How many warnings do you think you’re going to get, and how many warnings do you deserve? This hurricane that is coming thorough the East Coast, for anyone who’s in the East Coast and has been listening to me say ‘Food storage!’ ‘Be prepared!’ If you’ve waited, this hurricane is a blessing. It is a blessing. It is God reminding you — as was the earthquake last week — it’s God reminding you you’re not in control.”

A theological rhetoric

The rhetoric of Bachmann and many of her Tea Party associates is more and more often playing like a sermon at a pulpit than a speech at a podium. The party continues to push an agenda resembling theocracy and vilify other theocracies in the Middle East.


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