The Fall of Alan Keyes
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Mon Apr 28, 2008 at 02:31:26 PM EST
Just a week ago Alan Keyes, the gifted Religious Right African American orator and perennial Republican candidate, seemed to be the presumptive presidential candidate of the neo-theocratic Constitution Party. As a man with a national standing and considerable speaking and media skills, he was a natural for a party that had worked so hard to sustain ballot access in most states, but had never attracted a candidate of sufficient stature to get much attention.

When Alan Keyes finally (on April 15th) bolted the GOP for friendlier ideological pastures -- the party seemed (maybe) ready to gain some traction. But at the party national convention this past weekend in Kansas City -- Keyes was beaten by 3-1 by Chuck Baldwin, the 2004 vice presidential candidate.

Baldwin it is fair to say, is no Alan Keyes, but he is a radio talk show host and the energetic pastor of a Pensacola, Florida megachurch.

The Kansas City Star reported:

In his acceptance speech, Baldwin said his presidency would result in the ending of illegal immigration, abortion, the streamlining of the federal government, the tapping of oil reserves in Alaska and withdrawal from Iraq.

"We will stop the international meddling...this international empire-building," Baldwin said.
When he takes office, Baldwin said, "The new world order comes crashing down!"

He pledged not only to pull out of the United Nations, but to push the international organization out of New York.
"The U.N. is going to have to find themselves another (home) because their rent is up in New York City," he said.
He said he would phase out the Internal Revenue Service and end the paying of personal income taxes. He said the country should return to the gold standard.

Home schoolers, he said, would have the best friend they ever had in the White House.

In his speech to the convention, Baldwin declared:

Let's be clear: a John McCain Presidency will be no better than a Hillary Clinton or a Barack Obama Presidency. In fact, in many ways, a McCain White House will be WORSE than a Democratic one.

On many issues, there is virtually no distinction between John McCain and any potential Democratic candidate. John McCain is no friend to gun owners. He is no friend to pro-lifers. He is no friend to fiscal conservatives. He is no friend to property owners. He is no friend to "family values" voters. He is no friend to America's blue-collar workers. He is no friend to small business owners. He is no friend to opponents of illegal immigration.

On the other hand, John McCain is a great friend to Big Business. Similarly, he is a friend to Big Government and Big Brother. He is also a friend to open borders, supranational government, regionalism, and American imperialism.

But this is where the Boogeyman comes in.

At this point, Republican Party lackeys will break in and say, "We can't let Hillary Clinton win. We can't let Barack Obama win." Even the favored son of the Religious Right, Mike Huckabee, has endorsed John McCain, not to mention Mitt Romney and virtually every other Republican "bigwig." (Thank God, Ron Paul has maintained his integrity by NOT endorsing McCain.)

I, for one, am fed up with this baloney, because what we are actually faced with is not the "lesser of two evils" but "the evil of two lessers."

Baldwin is a colorful character, and tends to be pithier than Keyes, but by passing over Keyes, the Constitution Party seems bent on racing even deeper into obscurity. (It is not clear at this writing who the vice-presidential candidate will be.) It is also not clear what's next for Alan Keyes.

For Democrats, the upshot is that the Constituion Party will be less of a draw for the disaffected of the Religious Right. Baldwin may draw some protest votes in the 30 plus states where he is likely to be on the ballot, but barring something surprising -- like Dobson offering a friendly interview on his radio show, and similar gestures by others who can't stand McCain, few of the disaffected are even likely to hear about Baldwin and the Constitution Party.




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For Alan Keyes, this is the political equivalent of utter oblivion. Likewise for the Constitution Party: Does no one among them grasp the advantage of having a presidential candidate with even a teensy-weensy bit of name recognition?

by nogodsnomasters on Mon Apr 28, 2008 at 05:39:37 PM EST
very odd, and surprising to me.  But I guess the hard core who have built the party (such as it is) preferred to dance with the one that brung 'em, rather than the new kid.

by Frederick Clarkson on Mon Apr 28, 2008 at 05:57:26 PM EST
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