Adam Smith talks to Michele Bachmann in Florida. She uses the opportunity to cast her image as a holy roller in high-quality cement.
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.
Bachmann, who began her career as a social conservative anti-public school curricula activist, has left that stuff on the curb as she's gone national. Here's another example of that evolution. The typical nutty thing to say about God and natural disasters is that he's angry about some social issue or another -- gay marriage, abortion, kids these days with those low-hanging pants. Bachmann flips the script and has God angry that Washington isn't passing more spending cuts. Bold!
UPDATE: It occurs to me that the GOP's current front-runners are a governor who held statewide (and ineffective) prayers for rain, a congesswoman who says/jokes that God sends messages with natural disasters, and Mitt Romney.
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