Texas Gov. Rick Perry ended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination bid today, making him the third of the four GOP candidates to quit after proclaiming that God had told them to run. Perry joins the unhappy pool that already includes Rep. Michelle Bachman of Minnesota and motivational speaker/former pizza pitchman Herman Cain. Only Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is still in the running as this is written.
Apparently, when it comes to politics, God is quite the prankster, eh? He’s so good at it he should be on MTV’s PUNK’D. Perhaps there was small print in God’s orders; something like, “I want you to run, but I’m not promising you’ll win.” Or maybe God just assumed that all these “religious” candidates had read the Bible and remembered the Gospel According to Matthew: “Many are called, but few are chosen.”