August 10, 2004


Plan B for Illinois (NY Times, 8/10/04)

While this page expressed hope that Mr. Obama would have an opponent this fall, Mr. Keyes is not exactly what we had in mind. He did meet the party's minimal qualifications - he has a well-known name and is willing to show up.

It's a strange kind of haze the Timesman lives in where being an ambassador to the UN and an Assistant Secretary of State is less of a qualification for the United States Senate than being a state senator.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 10, 2004 2:36 PM

I assume it won't be too hard to find the NYT's surely fawning editorial saying how lucky they were to have You-Know-Who running for Senate...

Posted by: brian at August 10, 2004 3:29 PM

Or a lawyer from arkansas later housefrau.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at August 10, 2004 4:25 PM

Maybe the NYT is conceding that the UN is insignificant.

Posted by: Steve at August 10, 2004 9:15 PM

Maybe the NYT is conceding that the UN is insignificant.

Posted by: Steve at August 10, 2004 9:15 PM

I'm going to break from the chorus here. I'm one of those lunatics that believe that Senators and Representatives. and candidates for those offices, ought to have spent more than a few months in the states they're asking to represent. Alan Keyes rightly slapped Hillary upside the head in '00 for this - and now _he's_ going and doing the same thing?

Sorry, folks, but I think this is just plain a bad idea. Plus which, as a Southerner - and a native one, to boot - I'm allergic to carpetbaggers.

Posted by: Joe at August 10, 2004 9:45 PM

Orrin, I know you keep wanting Illinois to go Republican, but as a Republican who lives here (suburban Chicago), let me tell you: we're going to get spanked this year. Keyes is behind 67-28 in the polls and it won't get any better: this is the high point. Obama has a buzz about him that is just amazing; I've not seen ANY politican, left, right, moderate, Democrat or Republican get this EVER. He can't do anything wrong. Keyes, in the meantime, will get little right with the voters here -- moving from Maryland is going to turn off most of them right from the start.

Who do we have to blame for this? Ourselves. We let George Ryan and a bunch of crooks bring the party down, and neither moderates nor conservatives have been willing to repair the damage.

Where was former governor Jim Edgar in all this nonsense? He could have volunteered for the Senate run -- he could lose but he'd hold the standard high. Ditto for former governor Jim Thompson. For that matter, why couldn't the party ask Peter Fitzgerald to run again (he's backing out because the party made clear a year ago that they hated his guts, but time and necessity changes things). Not a single Illinois Republican was willing to run, so in comes Keyes.

We're getting what we deserve here.

Posted by: Steve White at August 10, 2004 9:49 PM

I also think you're asking for trouble allowing politicians to go venue shopping for a seat (aside from Hillary, the Republicans had their Michael Huffington problem in California a decade ago, though that was as much Adriana's doing as anything else).

That's why I think the best thing Keyes can do is to at least smoke out Obama's true political leanings. Either get him to admit his politics are in the Edward M. Kennedy mode before the election, so the voters know what they're buying into, or get him to deny those beliefs, so that if he changes once he reaches Washington his flip-flop is on record for the voters to see down the line (which would possibly include national voters, if Obama wins here and then gets the VP post on the 2008 Democratic ticket).

Posted by: at August 10, 2004 11:10 PM