The politics of Satan

“There’s another force that wants to keep us from going to Washington, D.C.,” Jacob said. “It’s the devil is what it is. I don’t want you to print that, but it feels like that’s what it is.”
Jacob said Thursday that since he decided to run for Congress against Rep. Chris Cannon, Satan has bollixed his business deals, preventing him from putting as much money into the race as he had hoped. […]

Asked if he actually believed that “something else” was indeed Satan, Jacob said: “I don’t know who else it would be if it wasn’t him. Now when that gets out in the paper, I’m going to be one of the screw-loose people.”
Jacob initially said the devil was working against him during a Wednesday immigration event, then reiterated his belief Thursday in a meeting with The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board.
“There’s a lot of adversity. There’s no question I’ve had experiences that I think there’s an outside force,” he said.
University of Utah political scientist Matthew Burbank said Jacob’s sentiment is unusual for a political candidate and might show his inexperience, but is unlikely to be a major issue for the conservative voters he is targeting.

Political Adversary… Satan. That’s nearly a new one.

Jacob, who like Cannon is LDS, said he is not the only one who is being opposed by Beelzebub.

II. Every time I read something like this I am brought back to that view most of the thinking world has of us these days, they think we are nuts. Let you in on a secret, I think so, too. This individual, who is standing for office in Utah, will probably be elected on the strength of the sentiments he expressed here. When that happens we will all know it, there will no longer be any guesswork left in it.

III. Yep. I think he got the idea from Bush2. I’m starting to believe that B2 “lets it slip” every now and then on purpose that God talks to him and that God tells him to do such things as invade Iraq.

And then later when pressed, he explains that he didn’t quite mean it literally,–but there is this sense then, if you’re inclined to believe it, that there’s indeed a kind of devine communication of sorts going on there.

And if you’re one to not be inclined to believe it, you just go back to your net surfing. Fairly brilliant strategy when you think about it.

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