August 5, 2004


GOP asks Keyes to run (SCOTT FORNEK, August 5, 2004, Chicago Sun-Times)

Paving the way for a historic matchup between two African Americans known for their oratorical prowess, Illinois Republicans voted Wednesday to make former presidential candidate Alan Keyes "an offer" to be their nominee against Democrat Barack Obama.

But Keyes was not yet ready to accept the U.S. Senate nomination.

"I'm deeply honored, of course, and also deeply challenged by the offer that they have made that I should be the nominee of the Republican Party for the Senate of the United States," Keyes told reporters late Wednesday.

"I also believe that the deep and serious and intense committed deliberations that have been made by the leadership in this party deserve from me also a deep and serious and committed deliberation about what ought to be my response."

The Party's best shot at winning was to just present the candidate who wasn't black--the kind of race politics the GOP is always accused of--but this will make the race far more interesting and entertaining.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 5, 2004 11:34 AM

Actually, I think Keyes will do just as well as any white candidate, and while he'll lose, he will make it interesting and entertaining. As a side benefit, his run will give additional standing and legitimacy to a brand of conservativism that has been thought outside the mainstream by many liberals.

Posted by: pj at August 5, 2004 2:30 PM

Keyes is a well-spoken nut, and I hope he accepts the offer to campaign.

The Prairie State will be sorry were he to win, I speculate.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at August 5, 2004 2:56 PM

I think calling Keyes a nut is a simplification. Besides being the best orator and debator who has run in our times, he is extraordinarily serious about moral issues and religious. This makes him unappetizing to many in the Republican party (including Rush Limbaugh, who often poked fun at him.) The man is UNCOMPROMISING when it comes to abortion. Uncompromising, when it comes to moral questions. He's got integrity and he's got fire and I respect him. He's no nut. He's the real thing. I'd say Obama gonna get his money's worth.

Posted by: at August 5, 2004 3:32 PM