Keyes to the Kingdom

The latest move to stop the Obama landslide in Illinois by a–can we say, beleaguered?–state GOP is a sad attempt to recruit serious right-wing fruit-loop Alan Keyes, ex-fringe Pub Prez candidate, current ultraconservative talk-show host (yes, another one), and presently a resident of–wait for it–Maryland. Unfortunately for the Ill GOP, Mr Keyes, who is reported to be ‘thinking it over’, will be unable to accept their desperate gracious offer because he has very strong views on such things. He’s against ’em.

Perhaps most problematic for Keyes is that he has few connections to Illinois and has criticized others for carpetbagging. In 2000, conservatives courted Keyes to drop his presidential bid and run against Hillary Rodham Clinton for U.S. Senate in New York, but Keyes blasted the idea and ripped Clinton.”I deeply resent the destruction of federalism represented by Hillary Clinton’s willingness to go into a state she doesn’t even live in and pretend to represent people there. So I certainly wouldn’t imitate it,” he said on Fox News on March 17, 2000. (emphasis added)

If Keyes thinks carpetbagging represents ‘the destruction of federalism’ and has already turned down one bunch of pleading whining frantic conservatives, what makes the Ill GOP think he will accept now? That would be…hypocritical. Wouldn’t it? He as much as admitted it to the begging on bended knee committee members who came to make the offer.

“I do not take it for granted that it’s a good idea to parachute into a state and go into a Senate race,” he said before meeting the Republican leaders. “As a matter of principle, I don’t think it’s a good idea.”

And there were one or two other itsy-bitsy problems.

But members also became aware that Keyes might not take the nomination if the committee voted for him. The 53-year-old insisted that before accepting the nomination he must have the full support of House Speaker Dennis Hastert and U.S. Sen. George Allen of Virginia, who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee, several Republican sources said.Keyes also wanted assurances of financial backing for the race.

Now, I don’t imagine Frist or Allen are going to object since they have NOTHING to lose, and we all know the Pubs have rich backers with money to burn in a losing Senate race, but are they really going to want Keyes out there embarrassing them in a high-profile campaign while Junior is running for his life? The person who may have the last word isn’t any of the ones mentioned; the question is, ‘Will Karl Rove OK Alan’s run?’ And that’s a much dicier question. Frist is likely to be the go-between, so he’s the one to watch. If he starts to do the pee-pee dance, Rove’s not happy.

Which leaves them with one Andrea Grubb Barthwell (that middle name is going to be a problem considering how well Chicagoans like a good joke) who is also black–the Ill GOP has obviously decided to play the race card, even if it was hard at first to be sure that’s what they were doing.

Ah, irony! Republicans playing the race card! Although, [when] I saw finalist Andrea Grubb Barthwell (a neighbor, one town over in River Forest, Ill) on the local news, I wasn’t sure if she was ‘Black’, until the USA Today article confirmed it.

Barthwell is something of an unknown, her only apparent experience having been as a deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy for the last couple of years. However the standard good fun/hypocrite signs are up that are usually over the heads of the Pubs’ candidates: it would seem that she, too, despite her brief time in the spotlight, has an ‘incident’ in her past.

Barthwell said the committee asked her about allegations that she engaged in “lewd and abusive behavior” while serving in the White House drug policy office.An internal inquiry found last year that Barthwell made repeated comments about the sexual orientation of a staff member and used a kaleidoscope to make sexually offensive gestures.

A kaleidoscope?!?! I hope it’s her but either of them will be entertaining to watch. I’m beginning to envy TCF’s front-row seat.

(Thanks also to whopundit for the heads-up on the Keyes anti-Hillary statement)

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