Basking in their post-primary glow, state GOP candidates ended a two-day "Victory Tour" just outside St. Louis yesterday. Daily RFT was there at a strip mall in Fenton, hoping to catch some Olympic gold medalists on their own better-known and more accurately-named "Victory Tour."
We didn't find Abby Wambach amid the stacks of GOP yard signs, but 300 or so STL-area Republicans were on hand to celebrate their slate and revel in partisan glory... however premature.
GOP contenders, including aspiring-Senator Todd Akin, current Senator Roy Blunt, Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (who is seeking reelection), Governor-hopeful Dave Spence, and Attorney General-aspirant Ed Martin, spoke for several minutes each, often returning to these themes:
--"Obamacare" as the great social and economic evil of our time. --Good ole fashioned "American energy"---err cough cough coal--can and should make Missouri energy-independent. --Fun nonsequiter jokes about the Carnahan family. --Missouri's economy is in the toilet and Gov. Nixon, Sen. McCaskill, and President Obama want to turn the state into a dirty socialist, baby-killing sex club.
Roy Blunt served with Akin in the House of Representatives until 2010 when he defeated Robin Carnahan to become Missouri's junior senator. He is not up for re-election this year, but has been campaigning for Akin to replace Senator Claire McCaskill, whose name could not be said without hisses or guffaws at this rally.
"There are lots of good reasons to elect my friend Todd Akin to the Senate," Blunt said. "Todd and I were among the most conservative members of our delegation--and of the whole house. I'd love to have him right there with me again, but more importantly I'd like Harry Reid [D-Nevada] to not be Senate Majority Leader anymore."
As Blunt points out, the Akin-McCaskill race is a pivotal one for control of the U.S. Senate. If Republicans can gain four seats they will retake the Senate and McCaskill is widely viewed as the weakest link in the Democratic stronghold right now.
As Akin wrapped up his pitch for overturning Obama's healthcare plan and turning to coal and fossil fuels to resolve the nation's energy problems, he reflected on what has made America a great nation in the past.
"We've grown up in this land and there are a lot of things we've been through as a nation. We are the country that fought in both World War I and II," he said to applause. "We volunteered to tax ourselves to rebuild our enemies. How often does that happen in history? [a reference to FDR's Marshall Plan]"
Obviously, this was an irony-free zone.
As the awkward pall of this positive reference to taxation, government spending, and charity passed, Akin returned to his base's more familiar nutmeat. "We're a very unique nation and it's good to ask ourselves how we got this way," he said. "America is founded on the concept that our God blessed us with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
Yes. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington just sat back and let God do His thang.
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