Norm Coleman declares that God wants him in the Senate.

The election between Al Franken and Norm Coleman for Minnesota’s U.S. Senate seat still hasn’t been resolved as Norm has decided to tie the whole thing up in court for as long as possible. The courts haven’t reached a decision yet, but that hasn’t stopped Coleman from going around telling folks what what outcome God wants:

When asked about the recount and how it is affecting him personally, Coleman said he starts every day with a prayer and that he knows “God wants me to serve.”

I’m reminded often when I hear statements like the above of a fitting quote from Susan B. Anthony:

“I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.”

That certainly seems to be the case here. What Coleman doesn’t seem to understand is that God wants him to serve pancakes at the local IHOP.

11 comments

  1. His god must be pretty weak if the candidate he wants failed to get 100% of the vote, or at least less than a decisive majority.

  2. They’re never very honest about their desires either. They never explain how god wanted them to molest altar boys, for instance, even though for all sorts of other crazy shit they’ll gleefully proclaim mysterious ways.

  3. The willingness of american politicians to throw the G word into their camp is quite creepy. I’ve also noticed that “what God wants” tends to align to their desires… Somehow I suspect God would prefer he just went and did something more useful with his life.

  4. What if god wants him to serve in that airport restroom with that other senator, whats-his-name, Larry? God does move in mysterious ways!  snake

  5. I’m sure his god wants him to be in the Senate. Gods are just idealized characterizations of people who believe in them. He wants to be in the Senate, therefore the perfect version of Norm Coleman wants the same thing.

  6. It’s scary that Coleman says shit like that but it is even scarier that so many people voted for him that he damn near won the election.

  7. So he’s back to being an evangelical?  I thought he was Jewish again. He was Christian during his second mayoral and first senatorial terms, then switched back sometime last year.  It’s hard to keep track.

    I’m so glad I voted for the other guy.

  8. Coleman has played out all of his cards, and the only one left is the God card. The guy is desperate.

    Coleman successfully petitioned the courts here to have an additional 4800 formerly rejected ballots counted. But so far, those extra ballots seem to be favoring Franken, as Al picked up another 23 votes to add to his narrow 200-or-so lead. Careful what you wish for, Norm.

  9. Been reading your site for years Les. Have always loved it but have for just as long been only a lurker.

    This whole Coleman fiasco is still fresh for me, living as I do on the MN border. Most interesting were Coleman’s attack ads, many of which focused almost entirely on Franken’s history as a “cruel” and “vindictive” comedian.

    I had a conversation with a coworker prior to the election about Coleman being for all intents and purposes an oppurtunistic whackjob. Her answer and her reason for voting Coleman?

    At least he wasnt a “mean jokeboy”.

    There really should be some kind of test for the electorate.

  10. The sad truth that has waylaid so many great religious figures in the US is that it doesn’t matter if God wants you to hold an office, if a majority of voters don’t agree.

  11. God wants me to kill all the liberal demons in my community but I try not to listen to him. Maybe it’s wrong to ignore the will of God but after he got Bush elected I just don’t trust him anymore.

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