Divine intervention

I don’t know who Adam Sinclair of Worcester State College is, but he had an observation worth sharing.  

In appeared in the comments section of a Politico story about GOP presidential wannabe Michele Bachman once more trying to explain what she meant when she said Hurricane Irene and the Virginia earthquake last month were God’s way of telling Washington politicians to cut spending. 

It took a couple of days for her to come up with her first explanation:  "Of course I was being humorous when I said that. It would be absurd to think it was anything else." But that didn’t play well, either, so a week after the joke excuse fell flat, she told Bob Schieffer on CBS’s "Face the Nation," that she was "speaking metaphorically." She said, "That was clear to the audience.  It was clear to me."  

If it was so clear, why did it take her more than a week to come up with that version?  She had no explanation. 

Her divine intervention account echoed a similar one by Preacher Pat Robertson, who has said he converses regularly with God, especially in times of natural and man-made disasters; you can read his revelations in a previous blog.

Adam Sinclair had Robertson, Bachmann and so many of their ilk pegged when he commented:  "I’ve noticed that every time some lunatic claims to know what God wants it always conveniently supports their views."  

But was Michelle really just speaking metaphorically? Not according to another reader, Randy Storms of Bellingham, Washington. "She’s not even using the term ‘metaphor’ correctly, for pity’s sake. A metaphor is a literary figure of speech that uses an image, story or tangible thing to represent a less tangible thing or some intangible quality or idea; e.g.,  ‘Her eyes were glistening jewels.’"

What do you expect from a person who thinks the "shot heard round the world" was fired at Concord, New Hampshire, and confuses John Wayne with John Wayne Gacy?

Douglas Bloomfield


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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.