Just a couple weeks later this belief has been clarified - she meant Republican exceptionalism.
In recent days it is clear from the emerging rhetoric of Sarah Palin and her doppelganger Congresswoman Bachmann that it is not really all of America that is blessed by God or fully comprehends God's mission for this country. Only Republicans. Sarah Palin exclaimed last Thursday to a crowd in Greensboro North Carolina that she is so glad to be in the pro-American part of the country, by which she means those parts which agree with her. Likewise, Congresswoman Bachmann is putting on her best Joe McCarthy just in time for Halloween by seeking an investigation of every member of congress to find out if her colleagues are "pro-America or anti-America."
The gist of these attacks is that if a person or a group of people aren't for the Republicans then they are ant-American. And by the extension of American exceptionalism - these same people are anti God and God's mission. This was recently oddly backed up by their Republican clergyman Arnold Conrad who invoked the God of the universe at a political rally with a perverse plea for a McCain victory:
"There are millions of people around this world praying to their god--whether it's Hindu, Buddha, Allah--that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons. And Lord, I pray that you will guard your own reputation, because they're going to think that their God is bigger than you, if that happens,"
I'm not sure if threatening God is a good strategy.
But what is more disturbing is the current litmus test of God and Country which idolizing their own ideology and sets up their own party as the golden calf. If McCain does lose, will Palin, Bachmann, and Conrad be willing to entertain the thought that God has withheld favor because of their ridiculous and hateful campaign and remember that neither party owns this country - or God.
Cross-posted from Beliefnet's Progressive Revival blog