Thread: The ever-gracious Alan Keyes
November 5th, 2004, 11:10 AM #1
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The ever-gracious Alan Keyes
keeps on trucking:Keyes blames media, GOP for loss in Ill.
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By Nicole Dizon
Nov. 4, 2004 | Chicago -- Alan Keyes blamed the media and fellow Republicans on Thursday for his lopsided loss to Democrat Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate race in Illinois.
Keyes also said he did not congratulate Obama after the race was called, a tradition among politicians, because doing so would have been a "false gesture" because he believes Obama's views on issues like abortion are wicked.
"I'm supposed to make a call that represents the congratulations toward the triumph of that which I believe ultimately stands for and will stand for a culture evil enough to destroy the very soul and heart of my country," Keyes said. "I can't do this, and I will not make a false gesture."
The former diplomat and two-time presidential candidate, who lost to Obama by 43 percentage points Tuesday, gave his first post-election interview Thursday to a Christian talk show host.
Keyes said that despite the loss, he thought he did a good job spreading his message of moral values in the short time he had to campaign. Republicans drafted Keyes in August after primary winner Jack Ryan dropped out amid a scandal over sex club allegations in his divorce files. Keyes is from Maryland and had never lived in Illinois.
He also said he was disappointed in what he called the number of "Republicans in name only" in Illinois. An Associated Press exit poll showed that four in 10 Republicans voted for Obama, a liberal state senator from Chicago.
"I had counted on the fact that Republicans would come back home on Election Day rather than vote a socialist into office who stands against everything they profess to believe as Republicans," Keyes said.
Keyes noted that 1.3 million people voted for him.
But Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs pointed out that 70 percent of the vote went to Obama, more than 3.4 million votes.
"The people of Illinois rendered a very clear decision on Tuesday by handing Alan Keyes the greatest election defeat in Illinois Senate history. Barack Obama's attention is focused on the important work he now must do for all the people of Illinois."
Keyes said a major difficulty in his campaign was overcoming the "stranglehold" the media had on trying to define the issues of importance in political campaigns.
"I refused to accept their authority, and I still do," Keyes said.I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it. --J.S. Mill
November 5th, 2004, 11:38 AM #2
The truly sad part is that almost 1.4 million people in this state voted for that zealous schmuck. That tells me we haven't seen the end of his kind.You can't fix stupidity.
November 5th, 2004, 03:31 PM #3
Is it just me or has Alan Keyes gone over the deep end?
November 5th, 2004, 03:36 PM #4
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I fricking think he has lost it.
November 5th, 2004, 03:53 PM #5
No. You mean " I think he's fricking lost it."
November 5th, 2004, 05:15 PM #6
The vote proves one thing for sure. the residents of IL will not elect a carpet bagger. I would bet most of his votes came from people who vote the straight party ticket.
November 5th, 2004, 05:47 PM #7I would bet most of his votes came from people who vote the straight party ticket.You can't fix stupidity.
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