Believe it or not, the word “God” appears nowhere in the Republican “pledge”. I believe — and I’m not kidding at all here — that this pledge should have contained a short, easily memorized preamble, prominently featuring the phrase “UNDER GOD”, that Republican candidates could recite at campaign events. Why else call it a pledge?
James Joyner’s summary of reactions to the pledge is pretty thorough. To sum up, Republican establishment media loves it, teatards hate it, and Villagers give it a meh. I think it means nothing, they won’t do any of this stuff and no one will pay attention to it anyway. The point of it is just to give Republicans a way to say “we have a plan” every so often during campaigns.
Eventually, some contrarian serious person will decide to praise this thing, probably with heavy use of “at least” as in “at least this is a plan to cut the deficits” (and thus reassure markets, or course) or “at least this is a roadmap to fiscal solvency”. Who will it be? Megan McArdle? Charles Lane? Mike Kinsley? Bobo?