Opinion: Christine O’Donnell: God is the reason I’m running


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The woman who dabbled in witchcraft sat down with a Christian TV network and said she was called to a run for Senate by no other than God himself.

“God is the reason that I’m running,” tea-party darling Christine O’Donnell told David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network. “If I didn’t believe that there were a cause greater than myself worth fighting for, if I didn’t believe that it takes a complete dying of self to make things right in this election cycle, I would not be running. “When you die to yourself, you rely on a power greater than yourself. Prayer is what’s gotten us all through. The day that we saw a spike in the polls was a day that some people had a prayer meeting for me that morning for this campaign, so I believe that prayer plays a direct role in this campaign, and I always.... ... ask, ‘Please pray for the campaign; please pray for our staff; please pray specifically that the eyes of the voters be opened.’ ”


CBN is a channel best known for conservative televangelist Pat Robertson’s long-running “The 700 Club.” CBN has daily news shows with a Christian bent and some weekly programs such as “Stakelbeck on Terror” and “The Brody Files.”

The Republican nominee for Senate met with Brody on Friday night at Wesley College in Dover, Del., and explained that if she had known that politics were in her future, she wouldn’t have appeared on shows like “Politically Incorrect” in the ‘90s and uttered all the statements that are now haunting her attempt to become a senator.

“I’m not someone who has always planned her life for when I run for office one day, obviously, or I wouldn’t have said all those things on TV. In the ‘90s, I looked at all the TV opportunities as a ministry opportunity, as an opportunity to share my new-found faith with a television audience that otherwise would not be watching -- you know, when I would go on ‘Politically Incorrect.’ ”

For those who wish to curse O’Donnell for running, it appears they should instead raise their fist at the good book, specifically Psalms 37:4 (“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart”), which the GOP nominee drew from, believing it’s God’s plan to have her run to be his voice on Capitol Hill.

“I still pray this now, ‘God will give you the desires of your heart,’” O’Donnell said. “Some people think its what you want. God will give you what you want. But he will create those desires in you so that you have a passion to do what He is calling you to. So through this whole campaign, that’s what I pray: ‘God you gave me this desire. You gave me this desire of my heart to serve the people of Delaware to go in there and be your voice in Congress. Help me here.’ ”

O’Donnell is hedging her bets with those prayers. After calling her opponent Chris Coons a “bearded Marxist” and the Taxman, her latest attack ad portrays the Democrat as “Rubber Stamp Man” because he agrees with the president and his party on numerous agendas such as the economic stimulus and healthcare.


-- Tony Pierce

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