The Republicans of the 2008 presidential election are awfully fond of putting religion and politics together, so it was no surprise when Rudolph Giuliani sought and obtained the endorsement of Christian TV preacher Pat Robertson. Now, the worth of that endrosement, even on right wing evangelical terms, has been called into question.
You see, one way to look at a political endorsement is as a prediction of the future. The endorser is saying that, given the likelihood of certain events during the term of office up for election, a certain candidate would be the best choice. In that sense, Pat Robertson said that, given what he foresees as happening during the next four years, Rudolph Giuliani is the best choice for President of the United States in the 2008 election.
What American voters now need to take into account, when considering this endorsement, is that Pat Robertson’s predictions have proven to be quite unreliable. At the beginning of 2007, for example, Pat Robertson declared to the world that God had told him personally that the United States would be attacked by terrorists using nuclear weapons before the beginning of 2008.
You may have noticed the lack of mushroom clouds over America’s cities. Pat Robertson explains that the lack of nuclear attack, as predicted by God, may be due to the power of human prayer to overrule God’s decisions about future events. “All I can think is that somehow the people of God prayed and God in his mercy spared us,” he says.
The rest of us may be capable of thinking of alternative explanations. The point for voters in the 2008 presidential election, however, is that Pat Robertson has a rotten record when it comes to predicting the future. So, when he predicts that America will need Rudy Giuliani as President, voters might want to think twice about following Robertson’s advice.