Has anyone been following the Senate race for Illinois?
On one hand is this man.
Poised, elegant in speech, and articulate in his views. Barack Obama is an ideal candidate. Not just because he shares my liberal views on “the issues,” but because he comes across as competent, clear-thinking, and an overall good man for the job.
Then, on the other hand…
So he was ousted.
And in his place, they got this guy.
This guy is a real piece of work.
From the day he accepted the party’s ticket, he has been making comments that would make even the most right-wing conservative blush.
And just this week, during the Republican National Convention, he called the Vice-President’s daughter a “Selfish Hedonist.”
Don’t believe me? Here is an excerpt from a Chicago Tribune article that has direct quotes. I’m not making this stuff up.
Keyes’ first comments about Mary Cheney came during an interview Monday night on Sirius OutQ, a New York-based satellite station that provides 24-hour gay and lesbian programming.
After the candidate told the hosts that homosexuality is “selfish hedonism,” he was asked whether Mary Cheney is a “selfish hedonist.”
“Of course she is,” Keyes replied. “That goes by definition. Of course she is.”…
Two hosts with Sirius OutQ spoke with Keyes for four minutes Monday night in a nearby hallway. Their conversation centered on his opposition to same-sex marriage. Keyes said family is defined by having children.
“If we embrace homosexuality as a proper basis for marriage, we are saying that it’s possible to have a marriage state that in principle excludes procreation and is based simply on the premise of selfish hedonism,” the senate candidate told hosts Michelangelo Signorile and Corey Johnson.
It was at this point that the hosts asked Keyes their question about Mary Cheney, getting [the above] response.
An interviewer then said: “I don’t think Dick Cheney would like to hear that about his daughter.”
Replied Keyes: “Dick Cheney may or may not like to hear the truth, but it can be spoken.”
When asked Tuesday evening to explain his statements about Mary Cheney, Keyes did not back down.
“I have said that if you are actively engaging in homosexual relations, those relations are about selfish hedonism,” he said. “If my daughter were a lesbian, I’d look at her and say, `That is a relationship that is based on selfish hedonism.’ I would also tell my daughter that it’s a sin, and she needs to pray to the Lord God to help her to deal with that sin.”
My favorite response by a Republican is Senator John McCain:
Campaigning in North Middleton Township, Pa., with President Bush, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) spoke to reporters about Republican chances to hold the Senate and said, “I think it’s clear we lose Illinois.”
Uh yeah, indeed.
Informed about Keyes’ comments from the radio program, McCain said, “I don’t think that’s appropriate, but it’s not the first inappropriate remark Mr. Keyes has made. He made a remark the other day that people who perform abortions are the same as terrorists. That’s a very unique take on that issue and one that’s very seldom espoused.”
My favorite part of this article comes toward the end, as it shows Alan Keyes trying to “build the bridges” he has obviously burned with his overactive mouth.
Keyes attempted to build bridges Tuesday with the Illinois delegation. But a breakfast gathering ended messily for him as he chastised reporters for not giving his candidacy a fair shake and left early.
Topinka had welcomed Keyes to a Times Square hotel for his first delegate breakfast. She said there was room under the Republican Party’s tent for different beliefs, but added that a far-right candidate would not win in Illinois.
“Without social moderates this party cannot win,” Topinka told a few reporters before she and Keyes shook hands for the cameras. “It has to be center-right, it can’t be right-right.”
When Topinka and Keyes greeted each other, the exchange was brief and awkward. It ended strangely, as Topinka ducked out, dashing behind a ficus plant.
“There you go,” she said to Keyes. “You’re on.”
Reporters surrounded Keyes on his way out. When asked why he had not addressed the delegates, he promised it would not be the last time he would see them this week but that he had to tend to a schedule packed with media interviews. Pressed for a reason why he had not spent more time with his state party, Keyes responded angrily.
“The proper question would be: `What are you doing at this convention?’ And that is a fact,” he said.
But Topinka still enforced that they’re going to endorse this quack.
Though her views differ with Keyes’ on several social issues, Topinka said Tuesday morning that she would support him, saying, “He is on the ticket. We will support the ticket.”
Those silly Republicans.