Both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times are reporting that Alan Keyes will accept the Illinois GOP’s offer to run for the senate spot vacated by Jack Ryan. This is certainly an interesting decision for the GOP - Keyes doesn’t live in Illinois and he blasted Hillary in 2000 for being a carpetbagger (and said he would never do something like that).
I don’t see the logic behind this run: Keyes is not likely to win and it denies the opportunity for a local republican to get name recognition for a later race. Of course, the GOP insists that Keyes being black had nothing to do with him being offered the spot. Overall, people don’t seem very enthusiastic about this choice. Former republican governors both refused to endorse Keyes, with Edgar issuing a “no comment” and Thompson taking a wait-and-see approach. A non-scientific poll on the Tribune website currently shows that 80% of those voting don’t think this is a good idea.
So - do you think this is a smart move? Is the party just trying to win the state senate races? Is Keyes just an attack dog whose sole purpose is to knock Obama? What are your thoughts about his candidacy?