Via TPM, Texas Governor Rick “Goodhair” Perry is attempting to raise his national profile by scamming other Republicans into publicly supporting his Day of Praaayer. He has already drawn some response, albeit perhaps not quite what he had in mind, per the Des Moines Register:
Contrary to earlier reports, Gov. Terry Branstad has not signed a letter urging Iowans to pray and fast on Aug. 6….
Branstad received a request from Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a possible presidential candidate, asking the Iowa governor to encourage Iowans to take Aug. 6 as a prayer day, and inviting Branstad to come to Houston for a prayer event there…
Perry issued a proclamation declaring a “day of prayer and fasting for our nation’s challenges” on Aug. 6 – which happens to be one week from Iowa’s straw poll – and urged other governors to do the same. Perry is inviting all 49 governors to join him in Houston on that date to pray and “call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles,” he says on the website for the event, called “The Response.”
“The Response” is being organized by both Perry and the American Family Association, which is the Tupelo, Mississippi-based Christian group that helped fund Iowa conservative leader Bob Vander Plaats’ successful efforts to oust three Iowa Supreme Court justices last year…
Now, I understand from my reading that the god Jesus upon whom Governor Perry so smarmily calls (“… ..A historic crisis facing our nation and threatening our future demands a historic response from the church. We must, as a people, return to the faith and hope of our fathers. The ancient paths of great men were blazed in prayer – the humility of the truly great men of history was revealed in their recognition of the power and might of Jesus to save all who call on His great name.”) was not, historically, a big fan of those who would use His worship for their personal profit. Would it be too much to entreat the Lord of True Heartland Americans(tm) to smite Governor Perry’s gathering, as a demonstration of His mighty wrath?
I’m not asking for transforming Perry into a pillar of salt, or anything outside the realm of heretical modern physics — just a well-placed thunderbolt or six, some mild electrical shocks, a local-newscast-worthy podium fire, maybe a myocardial ‘incident’ when one of the Pharisees realizes he’s been called out?
After all, I’m told Texas could really, really use a good old-fashioned three-day rainstorm…