McCain aide: Palin Believed Candidacy ‘God’s Plan’

From The Washington Post

Sarah Palin believed that Sen. John McCain chose her to be his running mate in 2008 because of “God’s plan,” according to a top political strategist in the Arizona Republican’s campaign.In an interview with the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes,” Steve Schmidt described Palin as “very calm – nonplussed” after McCain met with her at his Arizona ranch just before putting her on the Republican ticket. McCain had planned to name Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., as his vice presidential choice until word leaked, sparking what Schmidt called political blowback over picking the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee.

Schmidt said he asked Palin about her serenity in the face of becoming “one of the most famous people in the world.” He quoted her as saying, “It’s God’s plan.”

Palin has not ruled out a run for the presidency.

Schmidt was interviewed by “60 Minutes” for a segment about a new book about the 2008 presidential race, “Game Change,” by John Heilemann of New York magazine and Mark Halperin of Time magazine.

Schmidt credited Palin with being a quick study and for giving a great speech at the Republican convention in St. Paul, Minn., but he said it soon became clear that she often was not accurate in her remarks.

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5 Comments on "McCain aide: Palin Believed Candidacy ‘God’s Plan’"

  1. Word Eater | Jan 11, 2010 at 11:14 am |

    Lieberman would have been a much better choice.

    Also, as a Christian, everything that happens, good or bad, must be God's plan. If it isn't part of God's plan, then God is no longer omniscient, right?

    So her flubbing her interviews and generally looking like an uneducated bumpkin was also part of God's plan.

  2. tonyviner | Jan 11, 2010 at 12:04 pm |

    While I am no fan of Mrs. Palin's it seems a bit reaching to make this kind of statement, I feel like the majority of the candidates over the course of our nation's history have either a.) thought they were God's choice for President, or b.) pretended that they thought they were God's choice for President. It remains a sad fact that the growing majority of the country, those in the center, might vote for a person based solely on their perception of the candidates supposed religious beliefs. Last year, I was at a friend's house watching the Super Bowl (I don't even like football so I couldn't explain why I did this) and going in I knew that I would hear some kind of nonsense from these people, they had, after all, baked Jesus a cake on Christmas. You know, because it is his birthday. Anyway, at one point during the game, after we had all finished our Super Bowl lasagna, his wife chimed in with, “I want the Cardinals to win because Kurt Warner is a Christian.” Doesn't she know that both teams prayed before the game in hopes of being held in God's favor? I am no believer but I would have to assume that God would give less than a shit about a football game, and if he cared about who was President we would have had less than a tenth of the Presidents that we have had so far. Who knows, maybe he does like football, maybe he was busy watching football on his DVR when 9/11 happened. No, that can't be it, football was canceled for a week after that happened, and besides, there were no DVRs back then. But this is God so I guess he could have had a DVR whenever he wanted.

    Sarah Palin at one point during her campaign said she believes that on election day God will choose the best candidate for the job and that the war in Iraq is “a task sent by God”. This actually makes sense, though. If I thought that God was just going to hand me an election I wouldn't try either, so I can't fault her there. As for the war in Iraq, that is a different story altogether.

  3. the belief that a being responsible for the administration of multiple planes of existence gives a damn about you is the height of egotism, even the belief that a supreme being has any interest in this world just isn't backed up by looking at the efficiency with which it is run.

  4. Well, DUH. How is this in any way news?

  5. Well, DUH. How is this in any way news?

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