August 28, 2004


Dems' bid to keep Keyes off ballot fails (STEVE PATTERSON, August 28, 2004, Chicago Sun Times)

Just when you thought the U.S. Senate race in Illinois couldn't get any stranger, Democrats showed they have a few more tricks up their sleeve.

With Republicans turning their attention to New York for their national convention, Democrats on the Illinois Board of Elections raised legal questions Friday that threatened to keep Alan Keyes off the ballot as the GOP nominee.

But after a four-hour standoff at the Thompson Center, it took just a three-minute phone call from a top Republican attorney to settle the matter -- at least for now -- and put Keyes on the fall ballot.

Keyes' camp immediately blamed supporters of Democrat Barack Obama for orchestrating the ambush, though Obama's aides insisted they were "blindsided" by the move and called it "outrageously stupid." Polls show Obama way ahead of Keyes.

Mr. Obama looks less and less ready for primetime.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 28, 2004 12:14 PM

Ithought you had it at 13 to 1 before this, shouldn't it be at 14 to 1, or did you dock Obama for this move?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at August 28, 2004 12:27 PM

I think OJ docked Obama for this move.
A similar thing happened in the MA 2002 governor race when Dems (apparently not connected with the Dem governor candidate) tried to get Romney off the ballot by claiming he wasn't a resident since he was in Utah running the Olympics. The move went nowhere and Romney picked up support in the process. The IL GOP could do the same if it plays this right. They could say this shows Obama is afraid of Keyes despite what the polls say. And if Obama says he had nothing to do with it Keyes can bring up the corrupt Dem in IL theme again. I still don't think Keyes will win but this might bring it closer.

Posted by: AWW at August 28, 2004 12:35 PM

Considering just how much of a state of disarray the Illinois GOP was in, if Keyes can make it a genuinely close race, even if he loses it just might be enough to pull Illinois into the GOP column for Bush. One can hope, anyway.

Posted by: Joe at August 28, 2004 1:11 PM

Illinois will go GOP over the cold dead body of Hizzoner da (former) Mayer Richard J. Daley, who of course will be voting for Kerry come November.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 28, 2004 1:19 PM

[Juan Non-Volokh, August 28, 2004 at 10:40am]
Keyes Agonistes
In 2000 Alan Keyes lambasted Hillary Clinton for carpetbagging when she moved to New York to run for the Senate. Suddenly Keyes had a change of heart when given the opportuinity to run for the Senate in Illiois. Yet this has hardly been Keyes' only flip-flop, reports FoxNews. He once opposed slavgery reparations, now he thinks otherwise. In 2000, while running for President, Keyes recommended abolishing the Agriculture Department, now he thinks it is worth keeping. Indeed, if the Fox report is accurate, Keyes attributes this last change to increased efficiency at Ag. And to think Keyes once had the reputation as a principled, if a bit unhinged, political figure. No more.

Posted by: GG at August 28, 2004 3:28 PM

"And to think Keyes once had the reputation as a principled, if a bit unhinged, political figure. No more."

That he's no longer principled, or that he's no longer "a bit" unhinged?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 28, 2004 5:28 PM

Daley doesn't control the rich outer Chicago suburbs like DuPage, so there is some chance remaining. That said, Keyes doesn't play well for soccer moms. The GOP will trade Illinois for Missouri or Ohio and I always thought we were worth a New York or California.

Posted by: andy at August 29, 2004 10:50 AM


Lost count and was trying to blog from Falmouth Public Library where I had 15 minutes on a public terminal--sorry.

Posted by: oj at August 29, 2004 3:28 PM

It's a representative Republic--nothing wrong with supporting the Ag Dept if downstate farmers want it.

Posted by: oj at August 29, 2004 3:33 PM

When the downstaters take one look at the ballot
(unless they are inclined to vote a straight Dem ticket) they will look at "Barak Obama" and think
"furriner" and one looke at "Alan Keyes"
and think "Amurrican".

Posted by: J.H. at August 30, 2004 8:57 AM

>Illinois will go GOP over the cold dead body of
>Hizzoner da (former) Mayer Richard J. Daley,
>who of course will be voting for Kerry come

Along with all those cold dead bodies in all the graveyards of Greater Chicago.

Posted by: Ken at August 30, 2004 12:57 PM

anyone can see that Illinois is doomed. What used to be a bastion of conservative christian principles is now just a low class democratic filled state of people with itching ears.

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