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Predictably, global warming activists were quick to blame hurricane-turned-tropical storm Irene on man-made climate change, despite the fact these weather incidents are far from a rare occurrence. But at a campaign event in Florida yesterday,  Michele Bachmann suggested a different culprit:

She hailed the Tea Party as being common-sense Americans who understand government shouldn’t spend more than it takes in, know they’re taxed enough already and want government to abide by the Constitution.

“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. 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.”

This is one of the easiest mistakes for politicians to avoid, and it’s amazing some of them continue to make it. If you want to look like a religious zealot, blame a wrathful Almighty Creator for natural disasters. And if you want to also look like an egotistic political opportunist, make sure to mention that His motive for downing trees, destroying homes, and inconveniencing commuters is the same reason you’re running for office.

Fortunately for Bachmann, she said this on a Sunday dominated by post-storm coverage, so it hasn’t gotten much attention yet. But hopefully, her campaign will have the good sense to leave this line out of her future stump speeches.