August 21, 2004


Keyes' refreshing honesty could change GOP (THOMAS ROESER, 8/21/04, Chicago Sun-Times)

How I love the campaigning, cyclonic Alan Keyes! Let me count the ways. To appreciate the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, you must consider his two ingredients. First, an Old Testament prophet. ''Thus says the Lord,'' the prophets declared. So does Keyes, who announced the other day that Illinois politics is corrupt. He's right: I love it!

Next, add a heavy dose of Aquinas, who has shaped the Roman Catholic Keyes. Thomas Aquinas believed man has only one end: a supernatural end. So does Keyes. The state is a natural institution, founded on the nature of man. Every creature has its own end: Whereas some creatures (animals) gain their end necessarily or instinctively, man has to be guided by reason. There you have the compact, complete Keyes. It is immaterial that he may lose the election. What is material is how he shall change his party.

Mr. Keyes is exactly the kind of thoughtful, idealistic, articulate, empassioned candidate everyone always claims we need more of but tend to scorn when they show up.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 21, 2004 10:20 AM

Voters rush past Keyes, favor Obama
Democrat even finds fans among conservatives

By Bob Secter
Published August 21, 2004

Alan Keyes said it would be an uphill climb when he agreed this month to be the emergency candidate for Illinois Republicans in the U.S. Senate race, but he may not have realized just how steep the ascent will have to be.

The nation's first Senate contest featuring two major party African-American candidates is beginning in lopsided fashion, with nearly two-thirds of voters indicating support for Democrat Barack Obama and less than one-quarter backing Keyes, according to a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll.

The poll suggests that Keyes' candidacy could hurt other Republicans in local and legislative races. Nearly three in ten voters said they were less likely to back GOP candidates because of the way party leaders went about settling on Keyes as their candidate, though 59 percent said it would make no difference.

Posted by: patriot1955 at August 21, 2004 2:48 PM

Don't confuse Orrin with facts.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at August 21, 2004 10:28 PM


What confuse? They punted the race when they nominated a black guy. But Keyes will do more damage to Obama's national aspirations than anyone else would have and he'll run a better campaign..

Posted by: oj at August 22, 2004 12:46 AM