Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Akin vs. McCaskill; Our View; Missourians Offered Stark Choice in U.S. Senate Race; OPINION

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Akin vs. McCaskill; Our View; Missourians Offered Stark Choice in U.S. Senate Race; OPINION

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When U.S. Rep. Todd Akin of Wildwood credited God with his victory in Tuesday's Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, he offered the perfect insight into everything that is Akin Nation.

"I want to give thanks to God our creator who has blessed this campaign, heard your prayers and answered them with victory," Mr. Akin told his cheering throng at the Columns Banquet Center in St. Charles.

To certain Republican primary voters, those words flow like heavenly harps from above, strumming the chords of evangelical Christians completely comfortable with the imagery that their God chose Mr. Akin over two other godly Republicans who also had asked their followers to pray for victory.

To many Democrats and independents, the statement is a reminder of everything they despise about Mr. Akin's brand of politics, where bringing his religious views into the public square is a righteous thing regardless of our nation's constitutional protections for all people, be they godly or not.

Mr. Akin's stunning win over St. Louis businessman John Brunner, whose $7.5 million investment in trying to buying a Senate seat might go down as the worst political gamble in Missouri history, and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman, whose family has been in Show- Me State politics for generations, sets the table for a classic November battle against incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat.

Ms. McCaskill prays too, but there could not be a starker contrast between general election candidates than what Missourians will have between Mr. Akin and her. Frankly, that's a good thing.

This page supported Mr. Akin's primary candidacy because, for all the policy reasons in which we fundamentally disagree, we find him honest and refreshing in today's cynical political world. He ran a purely positive campaign. He didn't attack his opponents. He defended his policies no matter how anti-gay, anti-woman, anti- reason they frequently are. …

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