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August 04, 2004

Barack Obama Vs. Alan Keyes?

By Byron LaMasters

It's a possibility. The Chicago Tribune reports:

Illinois Republican leaders on Tuesday neared the end of their frustrating search for a candidate in the U.S. Senate race, selecting two African-Americans as finalists for the party's nomination to face Democrat Barack Obama, who also is black.

Following a meeting that lasted more than seven hours, the Illinois Republican State Central Committee selected Alan Keyes and Dr. Andrea Grubb Barthwell, two candidates who will likely face an uphill battle against Obama. Keyes has already lost two Senate races in Maryland and has few connections to Illinois while Barthwell boasts a long resume but has never run for elected office.

Still, the decision sets the stage for a historic Senate race in which for the first time in American history both major party candidates would be black. Both would be vying to become only the third elected black U.S. senator since the Reconstruction era.

With Keyes, 53, expected to fly into Chicago Wednesday to meet with the 19-member committee, the group planned to meet in the afternoon and make a final decision later in the day, Chairman Judy Baar Topinka said.

"We don't quite have white smoke yet," Topinka said, referring to the Vatican signal for the selection of a new pope. "But we have come up with two very good candidates."

A former GOP presidential candidate and conservative radio talk-show host, Keyes was pushed in recent days by Republicans who felt his stands on the issues sharply contrast to those of Obama, who the party has attempted to portray as too liberal for most of the state's voters.

I just LOVE how Republicans think. Hmmm, the Democrats nominated a Black guy, so we should, too! Then, the Black people will be confused and the White folks will salivate, because our Black guy is more in line with their values than their Black guy.

Anyway, my only question if Keyes gets the nod is if he can do worse against Barack Obama than he did in his 1992 Senate run against Barbara Mikulski in his home state of Maryland:

1992 U.S. Senate, General Election:

Barbara Mikulski (D) - 1,307,610 (71%)
Alan L. Keyes (R) - 533,688 (29%)

Hmm. I like Obama with 72%.

Posted by Byron LaMasters at August 4, 2004 12:33 PM | TrackBack


Well on one hand it is nice to see the parties acknowledge they both have viable African American candidates to offer. But on the other hand it is disappointing to see the republicans play the race card so hard they would go and dig up Keyes.

Apparently IL does not have rules indicating a candidate must actually be a resident of the state? That certainly seems odd.

It will be interesting to see how many votes Keyes or the other candidate receive. But it will be a huge shocker if Barack does not win.

Posted by: Ruth Ferguson at August 4, 2004 01:15 PM

Well on one hand it is nice to see the parties acknowledge they both have viable African American candidates to offer. But on the other hand it is disappointing to see the republicans play the race card so hard they would go and dig up Keyes.

Apparently IL does not have rules indicating a candidate must actually be a resident of the state? That certainly seems odd.

It will be interesting to see how many votes Keyes or the other candidate receive. But it will be a huge shocker if Barack does not win.

Posted by: Ruth Ferguson at August 4, 2004 01:15 PM

Aren't there any gays in Missouri?

Posted by: kermit at August 4, 2004 02:16 PM

States CANNOT add additional qualifications to run for Federal offices -- such as length of residence; there was a recent Sup. Court ruling relative to a state (Arizona IIRC) trying to impose Congressional term limits. You just have to be a resident of the state at the time when you are elected.

Changing states of residence has been a common practice for Senate candidates for years -- especially in the case of ones moving into NY (Robert Kennedy and Hillary Clinton come to mind).

Posted by: Jeff at August 4, 2004 02:31 PM

Seems pretty amazing to me that in Illinois, a state of 12.5 million people, these are the only two the Republicans can come up with to run for the U.S. Senate. But if residency isn't an issue, that opens it up to all the voting age adults in the U.S. And this is still the best the Republicans could do? I'd say the Illinois Republican Party is in shambles....and it may get worse.

Posted by: Dennis at August 4, 2004 02:34 PM

Illinois has a political culture of pragmatic moderation and tolerance which pre-dates the Civil War. There was a discussion of this recently on Chicago Public Radio.

Our last GOP governor won by campaigning to the left of his Democratic opponent. And when he won, he governed even further to the left.
A doctrinaire conservative has little chance of winning this Senate seat and no chance of beating the second most charismatic living Democrat.

Keyes would cause Obama to spend more time campaigning and fundraising in state. Perhaps the Republicans just want to keep Obama busy in Illinois so that he doesn't have much time to campaign for the national ticket in nearby battleground states like Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

Posted by: Tim Z. at August 4, 2004 09:35 PM

As I recall from when Keys ran for president, he was considered among the "far right" of candidates. Wonder how this will play in IL?

Posted by: Vince at August 4, 2004 10:06 PM

Oh we should only hope that they pick Keyes. They might as well go ahead and crown Barack now. And I loved their comment their choice having NOTHING to do with race. That is about the same as the KKK saying they picked a white guy and it had nothing to do with race.

Posted by: GT at August 4, 2004 10:31 PM

One need only be a resident of Illinois by election day to serve in the Senate from the state, to answer an earlier question.

Posted by: KeithG at August 4, 2004 11:15 PM

Obviously the supreme court does not hold my view but I am surprised that the ability to just move into the STATE by the day of the election is all that is required to serve on behalf of the population of that state. Do I think Hillary's situation was an exception - of course, but in general certainly not an idea I would favor.

Surprised that with the hatred toward the carpetbaggers of the past that this was fixed long ago. We could only hope for term limits for the Senate.

Finally, I apologize for my double posting. I am new to the blogging scene and trying to get the hang of things.

Posted by: Ruth Ferguson at August 5, 2004 12:09 PM
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