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Jim DeMint: 'God Told Me To Save Freedom'

Senator_DeMint Senator Jim DeMint, the Tea Party kingmaker who once said single women and gay men shouldn't become teachers, today published a new book, The Great American Awakening.

In addition to dishing on the tensions that developed between him and Republican establishment when he began backing the Tea Party, DeMint also says that divine intervention fueled his political career.

McClatchy offers a summation of the South Carolinian Republican's claims:

DeMint writes in almost messianic terms as he repeatedly casts himself as fulfilling a mission assigned to him by God to "save freedom," prevent bankrupting the future and pull the nation back from a moral abyss.

Describing his book as a story of "the battle for America's soul," DeMint said he was tired of Washington after his first term and came close to not seeking re-election last year, but God persuaded him to stay in the fight.

DeMint's declaration that God shapes his legislative action reminds me of the late, great Comedy Central show Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, on which comedian Marc Maron discussed how God no longer picks prophets.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Didn't they do some crazy bad stuff to false prophets?

    Posted by: Jon Lee Hart | Jul 4, 2011 10:33:15 AM

  2. Divine intervention is real. Just last night Quetzalcoatl told me that Jim DeMint is a chucklehead.

    Posted by: jomicur | Jul 4, 2011 10:34:08 AM

  3. I believe they stoned false prophets course the Hebrews stoned people for Jaywalking while eating a shrimp.

    Posted by: DeWayne | Jul 4, 2011 10:59:21 AM

  4. All Hail the American Ayatollah!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jul 4, 2011 11:02:53 AM

  5. What's up with all these wingnuts dyeing their hair?

    Posted by: margueritegautier | Jul 4, 2011 11:14:02 AM

  6. Now we know why Republicans were so opposed to open primaries 40 years ago.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 4, 2011 11:16:20 AM

  7. Great, another politician who hears little voices in his head...

    Posted by: Rich | Jul 4, 2011 11:16:49 AM

  8. The weird thing is, God's voice sounds just like Paul Lynde.

    Posted by: MacroT | Jul 4, 2011 11:21:47 AM

  9. God also suggested Thorazine and oodles of bedrest.

    Posted by: Dude McDuderson | Jul 4, 2011 11:32:13 AM

  10. What delusional hubris...

    Why aren't these people laughed out of every room? Instead, he'll be heralded on chat-shows.


    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Jul 4, 2011 11:34:22 AM

  11. God boy has a god complex. shocker!

    Posted by: gaylib | Jul 4, 2011 12:24:22 PM

  12. So relieved that someone else still worships Quetzalcoatle. When he returns he'll make short shrift of the likes of J. DeMint who is...who again?

    Posted by: uffda | Jul 4, 2011 12:25:49 PM

  13. What a ridiculous, delusional moron. But also: yay, Dr. Katz!

    Posted by: E. | Jul 4, 2011 12:26:05 PM

  14. Oh Lord.

    Socialists and Communitarians to the Left, Divinely-inspired wing-nuts to the Right,
    and the Center is too-transfixed by American Idol and The Voice to get involved.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Jul 4, 2011 12:43:42 PM

  15. Is it just me, or does anybody else think he looks like Edward Everett Horton?

    Posted by: KevinVt | Jul 4, 2011 12:45:22 PM

  16. why does god always pick such assholes to talk to?

    Posted by: mike128 | Jul 4, 2011 12:52:21 PM

  17. Jim, nice obvious hair dye action going on there.

    Posted by: Bubba | Jul 4, 2011 1:23:52 PM

  18. And the Son of Sam killed because his neighbor's dog told him to.

    Posted by: qjersey | Jul 4, 2011 1:24:09 PM

  19. God has a very warped sense of humor.

    Posted by: PLAINTOM | Jul 4, 2011 3:02:09 PM

  20. I wish God would tell him that he needs to get a better dye job. Southern women know how to deal with their hair. Why don't Southern men take a lesson?

    Posted by: Troy | Jul 4, 2011 3:09:32 PM

  21. God spoke to me and told me that these rightwing, christian wingnuts should be ignored,shunned and then they'll go away,

    Posted by: WJS | Jul 4, 2011 3:16:01 PM

  22. This is God speaking :

    deMint, you are a fool.
    Signed ;

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 4, 2011 3:16:08 PM

  23. the scary part for some reason only the repuks hear god. does that mean al dems and independents are going to hell? at least there will be more fun than heaven.

    Posted by: walter | Jul 4, 2011 5:17:42 PM

  24. Somebody needs to sit Demint, Palin, Bachman and their ilk down and explain to them that the voices they hear in their heads, whom they mistake as GOD talking to them, is really their own conscience. Nothing more, nothing less. IDIOTS!

    Posted by: mytwocents | Jul 4, 2011 5:40:29 PM

  25. Why is it that those who are born again are always the people you wish hadn't been born the first time?

    Posted by: Codswallop | Jul 4, 2011 5:57:01 PM

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