God’s call for Scott Walker to run for president must have been a prank

This week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker dropped out of the Republican presidential nomination contest, becoming just the second major contender (after Rick Perry) to quit the race.

Walker’s exit was especially surprising. At one point, the Wisconsin governor had been considered a top-tier candidate, and had seemingly locked the Iowa caucuses (his neighboring state) as late as August. But Walker’s campaign plunged in recent weeks. His most recent polling showed that he garnered less than one-half percent among Republicans. What’s more, his money was drying up, with vendors reportedly worried that hundreds of thousands of dollars in billed services were going to go unpaid.

Scott Walker, via Wikimedia Commons

Scott Walker, via Wikimedia Commons

So what went wrong? Walker, after all, had the most important supporter of all. When he announced earlier this year his intentions to run, he had stated that he had been called by God to do so.

“I needed to be certain that running was God’s calling,” Walker wrote in a letter to supporters in July. “I am certain: this is God’s plan for me, and I am humbled to be a candidate for President of the United States.”

God must have a funny sense of humor. Rather than calling to see if his refrigerator was running, he called on Walker to run a doomed campaign instead.

Pundits will question and debate for a few days why Scott Walker’s presidential ambitions were a failure. Perhaps he wasn’t as savvy with the media as some had suggested, or maybe his inability to stick to one position on several policy issues had something to do with it. Or maybe he just got out-Trumped.

Whatever the case, we can be certain that God did not in fact call on Walker to be president. Whoever told him to run, it wasn’t the Big Man Upstairs. More likely, it was Walker’s own ego, posing as God’s voice.

Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. Walker once claimed that he had God’s blessing before — and he had failed then to win as well.

In 2006 Walker ran for governor of Wisconsin. He had a very competitive primary challenge ahead of him: U.S. Congressman Mark Green, a Republican from the Green Bay area, had also decided to run. But Walker had one thing on his side that Green hadn’t counted on: God.

Unfortunately for Walker, Green had something too: donors. Walker bowed out of the governor’s race, biding his time until 2010 when he ran a successful campaign, without any major competitors.

In 2006, he believed he was called by God to run. But after he dropped out, it was also God who told him it was the right thing to do: “I believe that it was God’s will for me to run,” he said. “After a great deal of prayer during the last week, it is clear that it is God’s will for me to step out of the race.”

So it goes again in 2015. Walker had God on his side, but after it became clear that donations and support was dwindling, God told Scott Walker to shut down his campaign for good. Because, as we all know, God can move mountains, but he can’t move billionaires to support a losing horse.

Of course, there’s always the more rational way of looking at this: no candidate, no matter how much they believe it, is actually having a conversation with God about the presidency. They may talk to him all they want, but it’s doubtful that he’s saying anything back.

The difference between Walker and other candidates talking to God is that he’ll have a lot more time to talk now that he’s out of the race.


Chris Walker has been a political writer for more than ten years, contributing freelance opinion pieces to several online publications as well as managing his own blog, Political Heat, for more than six years. With a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism, Chris tries to bring a unique angle to every article he produces, including Millennial perspectives on the issues he's covering. Chris resides in Madison, Wisconsin, and proudly owns both a cheesehead and stock in the Green Bay Packers.

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