October 22, 2004


Fire and Brimstone (Eric Krol, 10/232/04, Southtown Daily Herald)

A wild U.S. Senate debate spilled into living rooms Thursday night as Republican Alan Keyes and Democrat Barack Obama rocked each other with blistering attacks on religious faith, crime, gun control, abortion and sex education.

In a bid to jolt his long-shot candidacy, Keyes excoriated Obama for coddling gang members, proposing kindergartners learn about sex and using his faith disingenuously to get votes.

The choice of topics meant Obama, who holds a 40-percentage-point lead in polls, often found himself on the defensive during the hour-long debate on WLS-TV, Channel 7.

C-SPAN showed the debate and not only was Mr,. Obama reduced to stammering but several times he looked like Nancy Kerrigan when Tonya Harding enters the room.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 22, 2004 1:21 PM

Probably true but how many people bothered to tune into a debate where 1 candidate is supposedly 40pts up?

Posted by: AWW at October 22, 2004 1:44 PM

I am curious about why they are so far apart
in the polls. They are both non-centrist candidates? Could it be because Barak looks
a little "lighter" on T.V.? Seriously.

Posted by: J.H. at October 22, 2004 2:11 PM
  • Keyes is perceived as a carpetbagger, having switched his residence to Illinois solely to run in the campaign. Many Republican voters are upset about how he was brought it to run in the race.
  • Obama got very favorable reviews from his appearance at the DNC.
  • Obama got an earlier start on the campaign than Keyes.
  • Obama poses as a centrist. Keyes says what he thinks.
  • Illinois is a heavily Democratic Party state. Think "Chicago".
  • Many voters believe that Keyes is insane.
Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at October 22, 2004 2:16 PM

If only Da Coach were in the race, he'd be treating Obama like the Bears treated the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Sigh.

Posted by: brian at October 22, 2004 2:42 PM

Brian is right. And despite the Keyes cheerleading around here, he's an embarassment and is probably doing lasting damage to the state GOP.

Posted by: PapayaSF at October 22, 2004 3:58 PM

Of course Obama was reduced to stammering, what rational person doesn't end up sputtering when confronted by unshakable delusion ?

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at October 22, 2004 5:48 PM

If IL is a heavily Democratic state, it is only because the IL Republican Party was so corrupt that it imploded several years ago.

Chicago may be solidly Democratic, but Southern IL is staunchly Republican and historically so are Chicago's suburbs. IL is the home of Henry Hyde and Phil Crane after all.

A heavily Democratic state would not have 20 years of GOP governors.

And as OJ's love of Mayor Daley shows, Chicago Democrats are not moonbat ones - at least if you don't count the Jesse Jackson faction which is a definite minority.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at October 22, 2004 7:30 PM