Teabagger Fears Prayers Killed Wrong Senator
Georgian worries that plea for Byrd's death backfired
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2009 5:12 AM CST
Updated Dec 23, 2009 5:38 AM CST

(Newser) – A self-described teabagger who apparently believes his prayers have the power to kill lawmakers cracked up C-Span viewers yesterday. The caller—alarmed by Sen. Jim Inhofe's absence from a vote—told Sen. John Barrasso over the phone that he feared his prayers for 92-year-old Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd to die had killed off Barrasso's fellow Republican instead, Gawker reports.

"We got our vigil together and took Sen. Coburn's instructions and prayed real hard that Sen. Byrd would either die or couldn't show up at the vote," said the man, hailing from Georgia. "How hard did you pray? Because I see one of our members was missing this morning," the anguished caller told Barrasso. "Did it backfire on us? One of our members died?" Inhofe had in fact left town to accompany his wife back to Oklahoma for the holidays. The CSpan commentator and Barrasso responded to the call with perfectly straight faces.