Thursday, August 05, 2004

Alan Keyes is the new Jack Ryan

The Illinois Republican Party has chosen former Presidential candidate Alan Keyes as the designated loser in the Senate race against Barack Obama. Keyes hasn't yet accepted - he says he'll think it over and respond by Sunday. Keyes is a long-time, and current, resident of Maryland. Guess he'd have to move to Chicago sometime between now and election day. His own words might bite him on the ass, though - when Hillary Clinton decided to run for the open NY Senate seat in 2000, Keyes was extremely critical:

On ABC 7 in Chicago (via ArchPundit):

Kevin Roy: When Pat Buchanan suggested on fox news channel in march of 2000 that he run for senate in New York, Keyes responded "I deeply resent the destruction of federalism represented by Hillary Clinton’s willingness go into a state she doesn't even live in and pretend to represent people there, so I certainly wouldn't imitate it." That is from Alan Keyes three years ago. Now, he is scheduled to meet with the republican central committee at 2:00 this afternoon. They are expected to announce the final decision sometime later today.
There's lots more to say about Keyes (his extreme anti-gay positions, for example), but for now it should suffice to say that he's as dramatically different from Obama as it is possible for two Americans to be.

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