Kasich Waiting for God’s Call

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) “continued to signal his increasing interest in running for president Sunday, saying he’s waiting for a signal from God before making the call,” Politico reports.

Said Kasich: “My family is a consideration. Number two, the most important thing is, what does the Lord want me to do with my life?”

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  • APV

    Good luck with that…God made prank calls in 2012 which got Michele Bachman and Rick Perry in the race.

    • Phaedrus

      I wonder how a prank call from God goes.

      “Is thy refrigerator running? So then, should thou!”

      • pisher

        “Dost thou have Prince Albert in a can?”

        😉

      • Mike

        He calls the day after the election and says “Dude, I flaked, you were supposed to run and win. My bad.”

    • DKDC

      If God is omnipotent and does get involved in politics, we have to conclude that God wanted Obama to be president. That should blow a few republican minds.

      • ralph_wiggam

        Another mind blower, since almost all GOP candidates claim God wants them to run, why would he make so many of them lose?

        My take is that God is a master of Snark.

        Kasich: God, should I run for President?

        God: Sure, ya, go for it John, you’d make a GREAAATTT Prez……

  • MrBeale

    If God actually does give you a call, he’ll probably tell you to change your positions on 80% of the issues and become a Democrat.

    • APV

      Want evidence that God is a Democrat? What is the animal on which His Son rode into Jerusalem? Not the elephant.

  • DCDemocrat

    John, how ’bout, expand food stamps, provide clean water, welcome immigrants, clothe the naked, support healthcare for the marginalized, and make the lives of people in prison better. That would be a good start.

    • njguy54

      Yes, clothe the naked… unless they’re really hot!

    • Zornorph

      Are you at all familiar with Kasich? He has done some of those things and he’s probably the GOP candidate most likely to talk about the marginalized in society.

      • DCDemocrat

        As a matter fact, I do know that he has done some of those things. But he in a position to much more of that, and he’s a cog in a party that is opposed to all of that.

        • growe

          And he can’t brag about helping people in a GOP primary, in fact it’s more likely to be used against him.

          Telling GOP voters you welcome immigrants, support healthcare, care about lives of prisoners is like offering a vampire a garlic bagel or giving Superman a kryptonite watch for his birthday. Your gifts are not going to be well received.

  • ralph_indianapolis

    God doesn’t closely follow and direct politics or sports contests.

    • GatorLegal1

      She’s too busy following any of the gazillion other species she created in the Universe.

    • jjbrainstorm

      The nonexistent rarely do.

    • njguy54

      When you’re concerned with galaxies colliding, you don’t have a lot of time to watch ESPN.

  • He invoked God he is definitely running.

    • Gregory Williams

      And when he loses will a brave reporter ask him why GAWD lied to him about his chances of getting elected?

    • DKDC

      But has he written a book (or at least had someone write a book for him to put his name on)? That’s a sure sign. Also visiting Iowa and frequently comparing oneself to Reagan.

    • BarryR

      My feeling exactly. This is the signal to the religious wing that he’s one of them.

  • growe

    We already have a Pope – whose positions look a lot more like those of Jesus than anything the Bible-banging Republicans are coughing up.

    I really hate when candidates for office pretend God is personally picking up the pink Princess phone to summon them to run for office. “Render unto Caesar” – Jesus did not seek to be emporor or senator of Rome.

    Thinking God weighs in on politics (which would mean he’s called Democrats for President 5 of the last 6 times anyway – and that W and SCOTUS defied the will of God in 2000 by overturning the popular vote with tricks and lies)…

    That is barely less lame than when football players look to Heaven for making a good play in a children’s game, or hold a trophy and say God wanted me to have this… In the old days they called this ‘blasphemy.’

    • njguy54

      So if you pray for victory in a game (just as your opponent is likely doing) and lose, does that mean God hates you?

      • growe

        It worries me since it suggests God really hates Cleveland.

        • njguy54

          Philly must be on his sh*t list as well.

  • Gregory Williams

    John Kasich (R) has just made it clear he will lose any attempt to become POTUS – no matter what conservatives think a magic sky critters endorsement via telepathy has never led anyone to the the White House and voters do not support religious freaks as POTUS.

  • oldhandatthis

    Does god ever say no to a politician? I find it remarkable that when a politician who wants to run says he or she is waiting for a sign from god that sign is inevitably forthcoming.

    • njguy54

      “He thought I was telling him to run for President, but I was really telling him that IHOP has an all-you-can-eat pancake special this week if you get there before 11. Idiot…”

  • EbeSnoozer

    This is a republican. So the call from
    G-d would be pretty much indistinguishable to most everybody from a call from a wealth manager.

    • BarryR

      Sometimes it’s easy to confuse God with Sheldon Adelson – both care about Israel, are incredibly old, and seem all-powerful to their believers.

  • WADE_NYC

    God tweets these days. #GOPStopSpeakingForMe

  • growe

    I know I am a hedonistic liberal, but still. When you start pulling in God to support your decisions or as your rationale to run for office? That means you are insecure, not strong enough or confident enough to just say “I know I can do the job.”

    We tried that with the allegedly reformed drunk and never-admitted drug abuser G W Bush, who said Jesus was his favorite philosopher and he gets his ideas from God. How did that work out?

    • vtbikerider

      Whatever happened to the ideas of “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone..” and “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to get into heaven…” or “The meek shall inherit the earth” or “the first shall be last and the last shall be first…” or any of the others that the Commie Jesus used to say. Oh! and “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and render unto God what is God’s…”

      • njguy54

        Don’t worry — the Koch brothers are working on getting those edited out.

  • Antonin Dvorak

    Or a corporate backer to donate a few million to GODPAC, you know, whichever comes first.

  • Hawk2240

    When God gets done deciding Bibi’s coalition and whether West Jr High or Monroe Heights should win the league lacrosse semi-final game, she will be right with you

  • dectra

    Another Asshat who’d have everyone believe HE’s the ‘one’

    • jpic

      Nixon had that one locked up.

  • growe

    Oh dear, so far gone he actually thinks the Kochs and Adelson are the Trinity.

    • jpic

      And he prostrates with his wallet in his hand as he faces Fort Knox every time he prays.

  • Rhodent

    Have any of these “Gott mit Uns” nutters ever even won the Republican nomination, much less the White House? And if (as I suspect) the answer is no, then why do they keep saying it?

    • njguy54

      George W. Bush, though he was pretty agnostic by today’s standards. And we all know how that turned out…

  • Jus’speakin’th’truth

    Will “God” come calling with $40 million, like “He” did with Marco Antonio Rubio?

    If so, well, you can’t say no to “God”…

  • pisher

    I think the Lord wants you guys to make up your own damn minds. It’s called ‘free will’, and people who don’t have it don’t generally make very good leaders.

  • jjbrainstorm

    Would Jeb catching fire count as a message from God to run? Aren’t burning bushes one of God’s go to messaging service?

    • OBforObama

      Only if it’s literally catching fire.

  • evave2

    It’s like both teams praying for victory. Why would God ARE who wins a football game?

    I really don’t like it when people say this. Not at all.

  • Wynstone

    Why would God need us to do specific things? He doesn’t need us to move like chess pieces for him to bring about any destiny of his choosing. He could end the world today if that’s what he wanted to do. If you insist on living your life according to a divine mission, ease the suffering of fellow human beings at every opportunity while not causing further suffering in the process to yourself or others. That’s what the scriptures seem to be telling us.

    • OBforObama

      Yeah, we know all about you Godless liberals quoting Scripture for your own ends.

      • Wynstone

        Yes, I should accept that God wants certain people to be more important and more powerful than others and those people are conservatives. That’s why he’s always giving them the coded signals.

  • OBforObama

    Tells you everything you need to know about the quality of thought:

    “Number two, the most important thing…”

    Wouldn’t it be interesting if God told him to bite all the other entrants into the race at the next gathering?

  • Chris B

    I’m waiting for God to tell me I won the lottery, too …

  • Wynstone

    God called and before you run for President, John, he wants you to go pay the back taxes on a orphanage.

    • njguy54

      …Also, you might want to put some drain cleaner in your bathroom sink, before it clogs and makes a mess.

  • littlejohn

    Perhaps Kasich should have waited for God’s call before he turned back high-speed rail money, dooming many more Ohioans to be maimed and/or die on the state’s highways.

  • rssrai

    Just a day before Kasich said if he didn’t run for POTUS he would play golf instead. So, Kasich is waiting for God to tell him to either run for POTUS or play golf. Hm, decisions, decisions for God. LOL.

  • scout124

    Only he’ll miss it because he’ll be on the other line with Sheldon Adelson and mistake God’s number for a telemarketer.

  • mhandrh

    Oh, give me a friggin’ break! Politicians who await word from a spirit in the sky to tell them what to do.
    Perhaps a GOP president will employ a shaman in the White House to make decisions for him.
    And Nancy Reagan consulted an astrologer for Ronnie.

  • ryp

    God is my co-enabler.

  • delnurse

    Is God’s number busy all the time with all the gop’er calling asking if they are the one? Or maybe in Kasich’s case he is on permanent hold.

  • bpai99

    Fair is fair – if and when Kasich says God told him to run for president, should he not win then he should say God decided he was not meant to be president.

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

  • Zornorph

    I guess it’s easy to misunderstand what Kasich is saying, here. Lots of times when people of faith pray for answers, they are not looking for some anointment from heaven. I don’t think that Kasich would believe that ‘God wants me to be president’. I’ve certainly prayed before making major decisions in my life. The Bible at one point describes God as speaking with a ‘still, small voice’ – perhaps it helps if you think of prayer as a type of meditation. Even if you don’t believe in God, you can understand that somebody might want to take stock, look inward and consider before taking such a big step. I’m sure Kasich doesn’t think of himself as the prophet Samuel; ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant listens’. And even if he feels moved to run, I don’t think he would consider himself endorsed by God – he just never struck me as that kind of man.
    I think lots of people will understand how Kasich does mean this and really, the only people it would bother would never vote for him anyway.

    • E_Grise

      I think you’re at least partly right: what many people really mean by ‘pray’ is ‘reflect deeply’.

      But cynical demagogues have so completely abused that phraseology that people equate its every occurrence with insincerity.

      If Kasich is, indeed, sincere and wants to convey that to people outside the evangelical base, perhaps he should try a different formulation: “…the most important thing: what do my deepest beliefs require of me…”

  • eastwest49

    Maybe he’ll see a bird fly into plate glass window. In any event, I believe Perry has already received the call. And Huckabee. And I guess Shiva appeared in Jindal’s dream and advised him him to “sit down and shut up.” Jindal replied, “Don’t talk to me, Polythee, I’m a Louisiana politician now.”

  • growe

    Not to put too fine a point on it, unless you are aiming for Veep, then April before election year is a bit late to be playing the Hamlet “I need to ask my family, I’m waiting for the Lord to tell me” bullshit game. And I do think he’s aiming for Veep, being from Queen of Swing States Ohio. Get in line for next time without the scrutiny today.

    • BarryR

      I do not think he’s aiming for Veep. I think he’s aiming for the top job. Also, who was the last VP candidate who actually helped win his home state, LBJ?

  • Unsphexish
  • Why is it that God always seems to back losers? None of the candidates in 2008 or 2012 who claimed God told them to run won the presidency, or even the nomination. (I think. Did Romney claim God told him to run? I doubt it; he was trying to downplay his religion, as I recall.)

    Who was winning candidate to claim that God personally told them to run? Did W? Possibly, since he was born again, but I don’t recall him saying that. If not him, who? Surely not Clinton, Bush 41, Reagan (who never went to church), Ford, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy (already trying to downplay concerns about papal influence), Eisenhower. Maybe Carter, I’m not sure.

    But if God does tell people to run, he apparently doesn’t do anything to help them win.

    • Unsphexish

      He does it to teach them humility. You’d think God would eventually give up on such a lost cause given the results so far.

  • Also, one thing that’s always bugged me about claims of divine directives like this…..

    The justification for why an all-powerful God would allow evil in the world is that God gives us free will, even if that means allowing evil choices a la Hitler, Pol Pot, etc.

    And if that’s the case, how could God intervene in an election? (Or Oscar voting, for that matter.) Wouldn’t that be taking away free choice? And why would God take away free choice in an election but allow for it when it comes to murdering millions of people?

  • LordDart

    Sorry John…Anita Perry saw the Burning Bush for her husband in 2012…hope you’re not expecting something quite as flamboyant, as he doesn’t seem to be signaling annointments that much these days…

    And frankly, Governor, if you have to wait for the Big G to tell you what to do with your life, doesn’t that sound just a bit, shall we say mean of the Almighty? Why can’t he just TELL us what he wants in a clear, unambigious manner, rather than putting us through this cruel guessing game of “whattam i supposed to do, whattam i supposed to do…” all the time…

    Sounds rather silly to me…

    • and then

      in other Hussein news ….

      Evil, white, hate filled thugs, hillbilly Hitlery and Hussein lies are oozing out like a festering pus filled boil.

      A longtime Clinton confidant advised then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton two days after the 2012 Benghazi terror attack that an Al Qaeda-tied group had planned the deadly assault and used a protest as cover — but despite this warning, Clinton’s told the U.N. ambassador to go publicly and claim the attack was “spontaneous” to make Hussein look better on the nearing election day.
      The guidance from ex-Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal was contained in a memo sent Sept. 13, according to The New York Times. It is the latest documentation effectively contradicting the administration’s early narrative and lie that the attack was driven by protests over an anti-Islam Internet video — and raising questions over why democrapic officials stuck to that obvious lie for days while covering up the fact that those who died did so only to make Hitlery and Hussein look better to the voting public that month.

      HOT WATER FOR HILLBILLY HITLERY IN ANOTHER FAMILY FIB – “Speaking in Iowa Wednesday, Hitlery lied again and said that all her grandparents had immigrated to the United States, a story that conflicts with public census and other records related to her maternal and paternal grandparents and turns out to be another lie in an seemingly out of control gusher of lies spewing forth unabated from this $30 million ho and her Hussein house boy.

      HEE-HAW

  • 66kicks

    He probably spends his days in one of the many Mount Horeb cemeteries in Ohio, or maybe the town of Orab Ohio, waiting for the burning bush to appear.

  • yodacohen

    Ring Ring! “Hello”.
    “John, this is God. Who told you I was gonna call you and tell you whether to run for President or not?”

    “Ugh. . .but that’s what my preacher told me to think.”

    “Well I’m not.”