It worked for Rep. Michele Bachmann. In 2006, the Stillwater Republican told worshipers at her church that “Twenty-two months ago, [God] called me to run for United States Congress.” She was elected — and then re-elected. On Friday, former Sen. Norm Coleman made similar statements about his own calling to be back in the Senate. [For recount news, see Unless Franken gets temporary certificate, Senate seat could stay empty 5 months and Sweethearts’ murmurs give way to spat over who made senate trial so boring ]
But for local, presumably more centrist audiences, he gave a godless version the same day. “I’ve been blessed to serve,” he told Minnesota Public Radio’s Tom Crann. “I want to continue to serve.”
Perhaps it’s a sign that Coleman’s hoping for some divine intervention in his Senate contest. Early last week, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight said that the chances of a win based on another look at rejected absentee ballots is unlikely.
Update: Apparently a HuffPo link to this Smart Politics post brought down the site (temporarily); here’s Google’s cache of the page.