You Shall Not Tempt the Lord Your God!

I missed this item earlier today, but it’s a pretty good one, from NBC’s First Read:

Mitt Romney’s campaign gathered the national press corps in their campaign war room this morning to deliver a simple message: It would take an “act of God” for any candidate not named Mitt Romney to win the Republican nomination.

Now as I made clear in my first post today, I sympathize with Team Mitt’s frustration at the coverage they got for their Super Tuesday win, which sorta made it sound like they had snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. I can understand why they wanted to walk reporters through the delegate math and show how improbable any outcome other than Romney’s eventual nomination truly was.

But Lord a-mighty, watch your language! Aside from the general inadvisability of tempting God to toss a thunderbolt your way, you would not want to encourage any Prayer Warriors out there associated with Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich to take this on as a personal challenge. Just keep bludgeoning your opponents with negative ads, and try to keep your candidate from talking too much about his wealth, and let the delegate math take care of itself without bragging about it.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.