September 14, 2004


Keyes says game plan is controversy (Rick Pearson, September 14, 2004, Chicago Tribune)

Declaring that his campaign strategy is dependent on controversy, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Alan Keyes told the state's top GOP donors at a recent closed-door meeting that he plans to make "inflammatory" comments "every day, every week" until the election, according to several sources at the session.

The sources said Keyes explained that his campaign has been unfolding according to plan and likened it to a war in which lighting the "match" of controversy was needed to ignite grass-roots voters.

"This is a war we're in," one source recounted Keyes as saying. "The way you win wars is that you start fires that will consume the enemy." [...]

With Keyes trailing far behind Obama in cash and in public opinion polls, the Republican contender's strategy indicates he will continue to seek free media attention fed off controversy. The game plan belies the belief of some conservatives who have contended Keyes, a former talk show host from Maryland, has been maneuvered by the media into making controversial remarks.

If someone had told you the week of the Democratic Convention that Mr. Obama would only appear in the press when he was responding to his opponent you'd have scoffed.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 14, 2004 9:16 PM
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