Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Zany Third Parties, Part 4!

This is the fourth part of this series. Pervious entries can be found here (1,2,3).

Like most of you, I was surprised to even see Alan Keyes at the Des Moines Republican debate back in December, and additionally surprised to learn he was running for president. Well, seeing how his campaign for the Republican nomination didn’t play out as he had hoped (just like the rest of his electoral campaigns), he has decided to be defeated in another electoral quest, this time with the Constitutional Party at his side. Keyes looks like the kid from your neighborhood that kept coming around to hang out, but never caught on that you were always “busy.” .” They just didn’t pick up the hint that no one wanted them around. Watching Keyes flail about almost makes me feel sorry for him, and then I remember what this man stands for.

Alan wants an amendment to the Constitution banning gay marriage, fought to keep Shiavo’s feeding tube inserted, supports the Christian Exodus separatist movement, downplayed the Serbian atrocities and argued against intervention in the Balkans, and kicked his lesbian daughter out of his home. A real class act.

So should I find it surprising that Keyes is gunning for the Christianist Constitution Party? Another go at the White House will allow him to bring back some of his old hits, like Obama isn’t black enough. He must have not received the memo: this year it’s all about him being a Muslim. Keyes need just make a few rhetorical changes, and all his old arguments can be rehashed. Alan has 8 reasons why he won’t support John McCain as well.

The Republican Party can do without this cheap “conservative leader.”


Steve Nizer said...

Keyes is only around because he knows he can always score a slot on Hannity's radio show. His views are in line with the average Republicam primary voter in places like Iowa.

Anonymous said...

I am sad to see Keyes leave the party. He added a lot to the debates I watched him in.

Daniel Stark said...

The guy is a bizarre figure, and is hard to ignore (maybe it's his odd voice). If he gets anywhere, at least I'll have a few laughs from here till November.

Great work on the "Zany Third Parties" series. I've enjoyed them.

Roland Dodds said...

You’re right Steve, he does appeal to many Republican voters, so as long as he is a voice for them, he will never go away I assume.

Thanks for the kind words Daniel, and Keyes’ speaking style is very odd. I always thought he sounded like a politician from the 20s and 30s, or at least how politicians from that era sound in movies.

jams o donnell said...

I'd vaguely heard of him. Suffice it to say I would rather cut my feet off than vote for such a lunatic...