"I believe the Lord would have you be real."

So, we’ve been paying a lot of attention lately to Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle, the Neo-Palinists (a cursory Google search leads me to hope that I coined that term), but Michael Gross at Vanity Fair brings us something pretty spectacular from the Original Gangster herself that is pretty incredible. It comes in the form of an e-mail sent by pastor and right-wing political activist (pre-tea party) Lou Engle (no relation to Friedrich Engels) to Sarah right before her vice presidential debate with then-Sen. Joe Biden:*

The e-mail was written by Lou Engle, a right-wing pastor and political activist who founded a movement known as the Call, which has coordinated widespread prayer and fasting to protest health-care reform and same-sex marriage. Of the latter, he has said, “What happened to California will release a spirit that is more demonic than Islam, a spirit of lawlessness and anarchy. And a sexual insanity will be unleashed into the Earth.” Engle’s e-mail was sent to Palin as a last-minute exhortation just before she took the stage for her vice-presidential debate against Joseph Biden on October 2, 2008. It is an extraordinary document, referring to legalized abortions as a “holocaust,” and casting Engle in the role of Mordecai to Palin’s Esther. The message was handled by Palin’s advisers with a gravity (subject line: “URGENT Fwd: From Lou Engle – Urgent for Sarah to read…”) that suggests it was a message they knew Palin would want to see.

You can read the e-mail at Vanity Fair.

*Ma’am, I served with Esther, I knew Esther, Esther was a friend of mine. Governor, you’re no Esther.**

** In all seriousness, though, it makes me sad that Lloyd Bentsen just kind of disappeared after this campaign.


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