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A headline on an AP piece on the Washington Post site right now is: “McCain strategist: Palin thought candidacy was mapped by God.”

This is news?

Sarah Palin believed that Sen. John McCain chose her to be his running mate in the 2008 presidential race because of “God’s plan,” according to a top political strategist in the Arizona Republican’s campaign.

In an interview with the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes,” Steve Schmidt described Palin as “very calm — nonplussed” after McCain met with her at his Arizona ranch just before putting her on the Republican ticket. McCain had planned to name Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) as his choice until word leaked, sparking what Schmidt called political blowback over selecting the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee.

Schmidt, McCain’s chief campaign adviser, said he asked Palin about her serenity in the face of becoming “one of the most famous people in the world.” He quoted her as saying, “It’s God’s plan.” Palin has not ruled out a run for the presidency.

It’s not news that one would be calmed by faith. It’s not news that the Washington Post would find it surprising either. 

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