Keyes promises inflammatory comments!

I’ve been disappointed. I visit the Chicago Tribune every morning, search on “Alan Keyes” just to find new outrageous remarks. Sadly, for the past several days, I haven’t read any new ones. I was afraid he is growing tired.

Now, I read this drought of outrageous comments shall surely end! Rick Pierson at The Chicago Tribune. reports that during a closed door meeting with top GOP fundraisers and donors, Keyes revealed:

He plans to make “inflammatory” comments “every day, every week” until the election, according to several sources at the session.

(Pierson reports his sources request anonymity; Keyes campaign manager says the speech was private and should remain so.)

Evidently, Keyes considers himself engaged in some sort of war (and I don’t think he means the one with Iraq). He advises:

“The way you win wars is that you start fires that will consume the enemy.”

I think that was General Sherman’s philosophy. Despite the similarity to Sherman, Keyes seems to see himself as similar to Ulysses S. Grant:

In his remarks to the finance group, Keyes used a Civil War-themed allegory to describe his tactics, according to the sources. They said he spoke of the vastly different styles of two leading Union generals, the aggressive Ulysses S. Grant and the passive George McClellan, adding that it was easy to tell if a child would grow up to be a successful military leader.


I guess by seeing whether or not the child a exhibits a reverence for life and a hatred of terror. To wit:

The child who is willing to line up his toy soldiers and not merely admire them but swat them down and “put them into the meat grinder” will be a great general, the sources said Keyes told the group.


Obama, the other candidate, is still thought to be ahead in the race for US Senate. Will the “meat grinder” image turn the tide for Keyes? We shall see.

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11 Responses to Keyes promises inflammatory comments!

  1. 1
    Amanda says:

    Obama must be kind of insulted that this is the best they could come up with.

  2. 2
    lucia says:

    I’m suspect Obama isn’t insulted. He’s 99.9% certain to be elected. He has commented that he misses the press because they all seem to be spending time trying to capture Keyes quotes.

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    trey says:

    It almost seems to me that the Republicans must have _wanted_ Obama to win the election, why else would they choose a nutcase like Keyes in an obviously condescending gesture of racial politics.

    Maybe they didn’t want to show that Obama would have won even if they fielded a half-way normal candidate.

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    tevye/motel says:

    i have to agree with trey here, except to say that Keyes’ purpose is not to beat Obama — we can all be fairly certain this this will not come to pass in this universe. His purpose is to provide the seeds of doubt in the Democratic electorate. His mission, as always (see his deplorable history of attacking sanctions on apartheid South Africa), is to be the black talking head for conservative talking points. Regarding Obama, I think that he can only be both insulted and not a little bemused that this strategy is robbing him of a meaty, substantive election battle. As for Keyes, I can only hope that whatever deal with the devil that he made is worth further cheapening him as a man.

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    Sheelzebub says:

    Finally! A promise from a candidate that is sure to be kept!

  6. 6
    NancyP says:

    Keyes is there to be a lawn jockey. Not to say anything, just to be able to hold him up in future when the undecideds or the liberals say, but the Republican party doesn’t support African-American politicians. The likelihood of his failure (anyone would fail in this particular contest) is a plus for the R party. Rs get points, don’t have to yield power.

    But I do look forward to more entertainment from my normally justifiably smug neighbors to the east.

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    ChgoRed says:

    What I like is the throwaway line at the end, where Keyes mentions his opposition to direct election of senators. The irony is just too much.

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    stephanie says:

    Uh, how is tossing toy soldiers into a meat grinder evidence of a great future general? As far as I can tell, all that accomplishes is destroying your toys. What a dumb kid he must have been.

  9. 9
    CE Petro says:

    Be careful of Keyes. He was a member of the Council for (of) National Policy, a who’s who of religious right leaders, financiers and politicians and quite secretive. While he is not on their most recently reported membership (I think that goes back to 2002 or so), he is still closely aligned with a number of the past and present members.
    He’s expected to lose, but that loss will be a “rally cry” for the extreme right to gather together in IL. JMHO

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    David Weisman says:

    I think the key purpose for the Republicans is to slime Obama – not thinking they will defeat him, but just so in his political future he won’t have a past when nobody said anything bad about him.

    Keyey main purpose may be to get a lot of attention. He seems to be succeeding, we can only hope his purpose will conflict with the purposes of his Republican sponsors to their detriment.

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    lucia says:

    >>He’s expected to lose, but that loss will be a “rally cry” for the extreme right to gather together in IL. JMHO

    I’d agree that seems to be his goal.

    I’m disappointed again.. no outrageous statements reported by the Chicago tribune today!