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August 03, 2004

GOP Wooing Keyes to Take on Obama in Illinois

Believe it or not, I got this somewhat-interesting story from Filet-O-Fish.

I know a lot of hardcore conservatives dig this guy. I don't. I think he's a hustler with a smooth rap. And I think he sounds like a Muppet.

Still, I think this is a good idea. We're going to lose this seat anyway. We might as well Keyes so we can't be demagogued about never not having a black candidate for Senator this cycle.

Suspicious Timing Update! Was fellow Illinois native Denny Hastert doing Alan Keyes a solid when he floated the "abolish the IRS" trial balloon? That, of course, is one of Keyes' biggest schticks; and you'd need an issue of that sort of size and star-power if you wanted a chance to change the dynamic of the race.

Correction: I originally said the GOP hadn't ever run a black candidate for Senate. Senator Philabuster tells me Keyes has already run twice in Maryland. My bad.


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