August 20, 2004


GOP lukewarm toward Keyes (Ray Long and Christi Parsons, August 20, 2004, Chicago Tribune)

The beliefs that Keyes has espoused since joining the campaign aren't all that different from the conservative viewpoints of his predecessor Jack Ryan, who voluntarily dropped out of the race this summer. But Keyes' presentation of his anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage and pro-gun views has proven more strident, perhaps befitting his career as a popular radio talk show host.

Keyes added more heat to the discourse this week when he said he supports the idea of reparations for the descendants of slaves. He said he opposes the idea of "extorting" monetary damages, but that he would exempt slave descendants from federal taxes in order to encourage business ownership and create jobs.

Keyes reached high moments during the day's events, using eloquent speeches to win over even small and uncertain crowds.

The more he spoke at the noon talk, for example, the more the crowd responded until, at the end, they were whistling, applauding and giving him a standing ovation.

IL Republicans have never seen anything like Mr. Keyes before--their initial caution is understandable; their subsequent enthusiasm predictable.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 20, 2004 8:43 AM

Re: "IL Republicans have never seen anything like Mr. Keyes before"

You got that right. He comes across like a Righty Jesse Jackson. Fire and brimstone, lots of excitement. I like it though, and I like him, with a few reservations. And it is about damn time that a Republican used abortion as a wedge issue.

Posted by: Jeff Brokaw at August 20, 2004 1:09 PM

It also completely discredits the idea that the IL GOP is using Keyes. It's clear that Keyes is using the IL GOP to spread Keyes' message.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at August 20, 2004 2:55 PM

LOL. Obama is going to TROUNCE Keyes. I cant wait to see the percentages. haha

Posted by: mike at September 3, 2004 3:20 PM