Respectful Insolence

Glory, glory, hallelujah!

Even though I only rarely blog about politics, I’m with Ed Brayton, P. Z. Myers, and Amygdala on this one. Truly a wonderful thing has happened to the Presidential race.

Alan Keyes has entered the race for the 2008 Republican nomination for President.

No one can bring the crazy and stupid to a Presidential race the way Alan Keyes can. (My only hope for even better would be if Ted Nugent were to throw his hat into the ring.) His combination of self-righteous pandering to the religious right, nutty Libertarian views, and just plain silly statements far exceed anything any of the other candidates, Republican or Democratic, can come up with. If this race is going to be nearly two years long (having in essence begun last January) by the time November 2008 finally rolls around, to end our collective national misery, at least I can get some entertainment hearing about and reading Keyes’ cavalcade of 100% guaranteed wingnutty speeches and press releases for the few months before he’s inevitably forced to drop out of the primaries. I mean really, even when my politics were a lot more conservative than they are now, Keyes embarrassed the hell out of me.

Comments

  1. #1 natural cynic
    September 16, 2007

    Is his lesbian daughter on his campaign staff?

  2. #2 bigTom
    September 16, 2007

    None of the other candidates looks as distinquished as Alan Keyes does in his suit.

  3. #3 tourettist
    September 16, 2007

    Here’s hoping for a Keyes-Obama rematch.

  4. #4 Zombie
    September 16, 2007

    Is it just me, or are both parties only fielding their weakest candidates this time? As if neither really wants the job of dealing with the mess the Monkey King’s made…

  5. #5 tortie
    September 16, 2007

    Exactly who do the Democrats or Republicans have that is better? Do you want the Dems to zombify FDR; the Reps Lincoln? If you know of better, speak up because I would like them to run. Otherwise, yes point taken, although certain Democratic candidates currently in office could grow some backbone and get us out of Iraq so they don’t have to deal with it if one of them is elected president.

    On a side note who would you vote for zombie Frank or zombie Abe?

  6. #6 Tyler DiPietro
    September 17, 2007

    “Exactly who do the Democrats or Republicans have that is better? Do you want the Dems to zombify FDR; the Reps Lincoln?”

    My ass would make a better president than Alan Keyes, so in that sense I guess I want it to run.

  7. #7 iain
    September 17, 2007

    “No one can bring the crazy and stupid to a Presidential race the way Alan Keyes can”

    I’ll see your Alan Keyes and raise you a Katherine Harris…

  8. #8 Rich
    September 17, 2007

    The Republicans will do everything they can to stop Keyes because the last time Keyes ran against Obama it looked like this:

    U.S. SENATE / ILLINOIS

    Obama 3,597,456 70%

    Keyes 1,390,690 27%

  9. #9 Save Your
    September 17, 2007

    “…nutty Libertarian views…”

    Alan Keyes? Libertarian? Are you kidding? Not a libertarian bone in his body. He knows a few Thomas Jefferson sound bites, yeah sure. But that doesn’t make him a libertarian any more than singing a few Pavarotti riffs would make me an opera singer.

  10. #10 shay
    September 17, 2007

    May the rest of the country have as much fun as we in Illinois did during his ill-advised run for Senator here a few years back.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/09/08/politics/main641858.shtml

    http://www.ontheissues.org/Obama-Keyes.htm

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5897569/