Ohio Gov. John Kasich has not made up his mind on whether or not to run for president because he is waiting for God to tell him to run, possibly by striking him with lightning.
On Meet The Press, Gov. Kasich said, “My family is a consideration, and number two, the most important thing is, what does the Lord want me to do with my life? You know, he puts us on Earth, all of us on Earth, to achieve certain purposes, and I’m trying to determine if this is what the Lord wants, and I’m not going to figure that out laying in bed hoping lightning strikes, so I’m out there one foot in front of another. We’ll see what happens.”
Kasich is all about waiting for God, but in case God doesn’t get him the message fast enough, the Ohio governor is laying the groundwork for a presidential campaign, which means that it doesn’t really matter what God wants, if Kasich thinks that he can win the nomination, he is going to run.
God doesn’t exactly have the greatest track record when it comes to picking Republican presidential candidates. No Republican candidate in recent memory who was told by God to run has come close to winning much of anything. The Lord’s recent track record as a Republican candidate adviser leads one to conclude that these Republicans are mistaking the will of God for their own power-hungry delusions.
That isn’t God’s call that Kasich is hearing. It’s his own ego and arrogance.
What would Kasich do if God struck him with lightning in order to send the message that the Lord does not want him to run for president? What if by running for the Republican nomination, Kasich would be defying the will of the Lord? The Republican idea that God only talks to them and tells them what to do is a sign of the collective mental illness that has replaced conservatism in the Republican Party.
Kasich’s God talk was nothing more than a pander to Republican evangelical primary voters, but the race to be God candidate is already looking crowded. Ted Cruz is already on the trail, and Mike Huckabee is rumbling about an announcement soon. The “God vote” could be split several ways in the Republican field, so my advice to Kasich or any other Republican who is waiting for an endorsement from God is that they should get it in writing.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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