The media is having a field day mocking conservatives for referencing God during discussions about Hurricane Irene. We've already shown you how they roasted Glenn Beck, unfairly, for his comments about how Irene could turn out to be a blessing from God for it's lesson about preparedness. Now, the media is setting its sights on Michele Bachmann for cracking a joke involving God's hand in natural disasters.
“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians," she told the crowd at a rally in Florida over the weekend. "We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.”
Mediaite has the video:
Politico has a different video, which appears to show Bachmann cracking the joke during another stop:
As an aside, it should be noted the media is paying no attention to a Detroit Free Press columnist who said Martin Luther King, Jr. sent the hurricane because of racism.
When asked to clarify, Bachmann's campaign quickly pointed out the phrase was a joke. And it's worth noting that many people chuckled after she made the original comments.
Robert Schlesinger at U.S. News and World Report, however, isn't amused. He unleashes on her in a blog post:
Because, you know, any clear-minded politician would immediately assume that Hurricane Irene was (a) a message from God and (b) one specifically connected to government spending. Seriously. What kind of overweening hubris does it take to presume to be God’s spokeswoman on Earth, to the point of assuming that He has a specifically partisan (not to mention pedestrian) political agenda? [See photos of Bachmann.]
Of course, as Think Progress points out, it would be an awfully strange way for God to send a message about government spending considering disaster relief only figures to cost the government more money.
But the fact that the statement is so ridiculous in Schlesinger's eyes may confirm how much of a joke it is. Isn't it "funny" precisely because it's hyperbolic?
Is the joke, then, really on the media?