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Obiwan Keyesnobi

Posted by Adam Graham on June 6, 2007

Remember Obi-wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars movie. He’d been minding his business when a cry for help arrives. Carrie Fisher delivering her most memorable line says, “Help us, Obiwan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.”

Apparently, Alan Keyes is getting much the same message, given the latest news, several folks are starting a draft website for Keyes to make a run in 2008. According to the press release:

According to a statement at the website — — the organization’s purpose is to “determine and rally support for a presidential candidacy by Dr. Keyes.”

The statement adds, “We Need Alan Keyes for President, Inc., is a political action committee . . . not managed by Alan Keyes.”

The effort is spearheaded by several individuals at RenewAmerica, a grassroots organization affiliated with Keyes.

Stephen Stone, president of RenewAmerica, said, “At this point, Alan has not indicated that he will run. In fact, he has said that he would run only if enough people at the grassroots come forward to say they want him to run. Our job is to give them a chance to do so.”

This sounds…familiar. In fact, that was the terms in 2000. He spent months campaigning all around Iowa, but didn’t officially announce until August when he thought there was sufficient support. Though, in this case, he hasn’t been to Iowa or New Hampshire, at least as far as I know. This brings up a point. Part of the reason, Keyes doesn’t win elections is that he really doesn’t seem to want to run in the first place. Keyes has run for office five times. Take a look at the history:

1988: The Republican nominee for US Senate in Maryland dropped out of race. The State Party turned to a well-spoken American Enterprise Institute named Alan Keyes, who managed 39% in a State Dukakis won.

1992: In the only election, Keyes ran for without prompting, he found himself the GOP nominee against Maryland Democrat Boss Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) in a year that Bush was losing. The National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee cut funding, resulting in a 71-29% win.

1996: With a growing awarness of moral issues, Keyes decided to jump on the potential presidential candidate circuit, raise some issues, get other candidates talking about morality, and then go home. Keyes delivered an address that set the nation ablaze, “No Choice for Silence” as interest skyrocketed. Thus a campaign was born.

2000: Keyes spent the late ’90s concerned that someone would get in the race who would speak to the country’s moral concerns. He spent time in Iowa, but held off on officially announcing his candidacy for President, while candidates announced by the boat load, Keyes continued to evaluate a potential run based on people’s response. When he was finally satisfied in August, 1999, he announced. Of course, by then, many Conservative activists had already committed to other candidates.

2004: The plan was for Keyes to be running-in a Marathon. Unfortunately, scandal engulfed Jack Ryan, the Republican nominee for US Senate in Illinois. In describing what brought him there, Keyes said:

And so, I was resistant to the idea. As is always case, though, when people approach me with something that might make sense, I try my best to be fair to them, and at one point, they made the point that maybe if I looked at the record of Barack Obama, I would think differently, because it just seemed wrong, they said . . . .


Now, wait a minute. I’m just reporting here. It just seemed wrong that somebody with his record should kind of waltz into the United States Senate unopposed.

Thus, he went to Illinois and was dragged into a race he didn’t ask for, didn’t want, and then got thrown to the wolf by the party establishment, and ripped apart by the Obama-Daley machine.

He’s never run for President like a man with fire in his belly for the White House, but rather as someone who’s passionate about ideas.

Now, here in 2008, we have people putting together an effort to get Alan Keyes to run in an election he doesn’t seem to want to run in, in an office he has no desire to win. Meanwhile, media has grown more harsh, more fixated on winning, more everything that’s hampered Keyes for years. I respect Dr. Keyes a great deal, but even if I weren’t working for John Cox, I still would not be behind this draft effort.

I greatly expect many of the people involved. I bear them no disrespect, but I’ve seen enough. I’ve seen a man I greatly respect and admire dragged through the mud during the 2004 Senate campaign, much of the work done by Republicans who made the #1 mistake folks make with Alan Keyes: assuming you can change him from who he is into who you’d like him to be.

The Chicago media, the Daley machine, and the treacherous Illinois Republican leadership did a hit job that would make Tony Soprano proud. Bloggers ripped apart and dissected his family life, and he was made the goat of the whole affair, and despite entering 3 months before the election in an uphill battle, he recieved most of the blame. At that moment, his 2008 chances (which had been decent overall) went up in smoke.

He shouldn’t subject himself to this presidential campaign, there are other wasy he can make a difference.. The American people and conservatives need to learn some lessons in understanding the Constitution, what it means to be an American, etc. We need leaders all across our country who are declarationists.

As someone who respects Dr. Keyes, I’d like him not to enter this race, not to committed to Declaration principles. It’s those things that Dr. Keyes can spread without another race for the White House.


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I Wonder What This Is About

Posted by Adam Graham on April 17, 2007

Alan Keyes began a series on Renew America on the 2008 elections:

For some time now, I have been receiving emails asking my view of the election and the candidates who are competing for nomination, both Democrats and Republicans. Some people have urged me to get involved as I did in 1996 and 2000. Since I ran against him in Illinois in 2004, some of the media have sought my comments on Barack Obama’s campaign and personality.

For a long time, I have believed that the 2008 election would be a turning point for the survival of the American republic–i.e., our nation’s system of constitutional government based on the sovereignty of the American people and respect for their inalienable rights…

In many ways, the American people are like a monarch whose legitimacy, character, and resources are being systematically eroded by those who mean to replace his rule with their own.

One advisor tells him that the borders are under assault, and that parts of his kingdom must be sold off or surrendered in order to defend them. Another encourages him to kill off members of his family who might challenge him for the throne, while seducing him to waste his time in lustful pursuits with willing partners procured for the purpose. A third assuages his guilt over these crimes and vices by convincing him to abandon the stern morality of his ancestors, and turn from the religion that required it.

Distracted, demoralized, by turns arrogant, resentful, ashamed, and confused, he stumbles from one preoccupation to another, never realizing the truth–that each issue and temptation is only one part of a train of abuses that will end in his removal from the throne.

Don’t know what Dr. Keyes’ is writing about. I doubt it’s a run for the GOP Nomination (if he were interested in it, he would have been well-advised to visit Iowa and New Hampshire recently) but I’ll be interested to hear what he has to say.

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Dr. Keyes’ Neighborhood

Posted by Adam Graham on February 18, 2006

As a columnist for Renew America, I have to admit that I don’t actively think about it as writing for Alan Keyes’ website. Of course, you ask me, I’ll tell you about it because the status of the site means more than the name. Keyes himself doesn’t hang around much. In a year and a half, I’ve gotten no personal notice from Keyes as far as I know.

I hope that I don’t get the type of notice from the good doctor that former Renew America columnist Andrew Longman got. I found out via Pam’s House Blend about an article Longman wrote in which he described a proposal to allow “Reciprocal Beneficiary Contracts” as “a drag queen in proper conservative blue blazer, button down shirt and red tie.”

In writing the article, Longman forgot that he was writing for Alan Keyes’ website. The result is that many read this as coming from Alan Keyes, leading to a response by Focus and an apology by Dr. Keyes:

Whatever the merits of the arguments Mr. Longman intended to present, the piece was extremely disrespectful to Dr. Dobson personally, and characterized by ad hominem sarcasm that was un-Christian and deeply offensive.

Whatever the circumstances that allowed it to appear, I must take full responsibility for this lapse. When it was brought to my attention, I personally saw to it that the piece was taken off the site, and I have asked that Mr. Longman be removed from our list of contributors.

I personally apologize to Dr. Dobson for this inexcusable departure from acceptable standards of conduct and presentation. I hold Dr. Dobson in high esteem, and I believe that he always acts conscientiously, with a heartfelt commitment to the cause of moral decency and principle. We have not, and may not, always agree on every issue, but we agree in our love of God and our respect for one another. Mr. Longman’s piece utterly disregarded this community of mutual faith and respect, and this I repudiate and unequivocally condemn.

Clearly, this serves as a reminder to me (and I hope it does to all contributors), that while my columns on Renew America may not be personally vetted by Dr. Keyes, they do reflect upon him. Contributors to this website have been given a great deal of trust. The Editor at Renew America, Stephen Stone is probably the finest editor I’ve had online and he makes all my pieces have a certain polish and professionalism. While, all of my archives are the same, if I’m going to apply for a writing job, I’ll send a link to Renew America because of the overall design of the site.

No one agrees 100% with Dr. Keyes, but we’re allowed to post ideas, including some fairly bad ones. However, with that freedom comes incredibly responsibility which was violated in this case.

I also have to say that Mr. Longman did apologize and I hope things go better for him from here on out.

Alan Keyes,

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Cleaning House

Posted by Adam Graham on January 31, 2006

Alan Keyes in his weekend column called for more than the election of a specific candidate to the Majority leader position, he called for a fundamental revamp of the GOP leadership:

With corruption in Washington on the front burner, it is high time for a return to Republican principle. Members of Congress who themselves recognize this necessity are calling for a “Clean Slate” election of congressional GOP leadership immediately – and I encourage American voters to contact their representatives in Washington and stoutly endorse this call. Under current rules, the House Republican Conference can set such an election by signed petition of 50 members.

The Republican Party needs to hold open elections at once for all of its congressional leadership positions if it is to successfully shed the stain of corruption and be seen as fit to govern America. National punditry and the news are rife with accusations and endless analysis of malfeasance. The “culture of corruption” that is purported to prevail throughout government is being trumpeted with glee by the mainstream media and out-of-power liberals with no other means of proclaiming their relevance. Yet tragically, these allegations are by no means entirely groundless or unfair – nor are they merely partisan. The GOP, in countless areas of principle and practice, has lost its way…

While the fact remains both major political parties appear tainted by lobbying largess, the media have unfairly proclaimed this to be a “Republican” scandal. Hence, it is for the good of the country and the good of the GOP to acknowledge the damage this has done and the need to visibly recommit the Republican Party to its Reagan Platform. Tinkering with specious so-called “lobbying reform” is not enough, especially since this has become the excuse for assaults on the political liberties of the people at large. We need a return to the bedrock principles of responsible, ethical leadership, which most Americans expect – and which authentic self-government demands.

Spot on. This is what needs to happen! We need change in Washington from top to bottom, particularly in the establishment leadership. Until we’re willing to make it happen, nothing will change.

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Alan Keyes Gets Real

Posted by Adam Graham on June 13, 2005

If you’re feeling down or discouraged, I’d strongly reccomend reading Alan Keyes’ transcript on INSP. He’s been through a lot and struggled through a lot and its a real powerful testimony. Here’s a couple excerpts:

But then I got involved in a Senate race, and so forth, and you finally reach that point where you are hit by a loss that really takes the wind out of you. And you start to be pummeled by things, where the media is coming against you with ridicule, and the devil’s sneaking into your family with lies and confusion. And before you know it, it seems like on every front you are being assaulted and flayed and bleeding. And suddenly, you are feeling very, very put upon–lost, alone. And some part of you is first burdened by guilt, you know, “What did I do? Where have I gone wrong? What is . . . ,” because you understand, as we all must, that we suffer because we are sinful.

But then you look over your life and you say, “But I tried, Lord! I have been trying to speak the truth. I have been trying to stand for the things that seem to be right there in your word that we have got to stand for. Why am I having to go through this? Why am I being crushed every time? Why am I watching all the people who say they believe these things desert me on every hand? Why is this happening?”…

So, if that’s where you are tonight, I think you need to understand that you are not alone. See, you only think you are. Because, wherever the worst place is in your life, whatever the worst fear is that you have had to confront, whatever the worst defeat and failure, whatever the worst loss, whatever the worst moment, when you thought you had given your all, and surely God would be satisfied, remember that the perfect One who did no wrong, Who healed with every word and every touch, and loved with every moment and every gesture of His life, yet He had to be in the same place of pain and brokenness that you may find yourself now.

Powerful stuff from the good ambassador. It really encouraged because a lot of what he was going through was stuff that I and a lot of people concerned with our culture can really sympathize with. So, read it and it’ll be a blessing to you.

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Alan Keyes: The Rumors Continue

Posted by Adam Graham on March 25, 2005

The Baltimore Sun has a ridiculous article suggesting Keyes may return to Maryland.

The speculation is entirely in the head of author Annie Linskey. Connie Hair says she doesn’t know because Keyes is focused on trying to save a woman’s life.

People really don’t get it:

1) Keyes is not all about running for office. In at least 4 of the 5 races, he’s run, he’s had to be urged to enter the race. He’s more interested in issues and policies.

2) Keyes doesn’t run in off-year elections. ’88,’92, ’96, ’00, and ’04 were the years of Keyes’ runs. Keyes isn’t going to get roped into another race until ’08 at least.

3) Keyes has started to set down roots in Illinois.

The article has no source near the Keyes campaign to back this up, just the plain fact from Connie Hair that she does not know.

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Will the Real Maya Keyes Please Blog Up?

Posted by Adam Graham on February 17, 2005

Well, I was quite surprised that my post generated an official response from Maya Keyes, well it turned out not to be so apprently. On her blog , Maya wrote the following:

Bizarrely, I have just heard that apparently I’ve been posting over at the freepers’ site. This is news to me. I troll the place but refrain from joining in their insanity. So I went and checked out my supposed yawps and have decided I know exactly who is impersonating me…

Now, she has a link to my article as posted on FR, but the person on FR was merely echoing “Maya’s” comments here, so at this point I’ve received no official communique officially from Maya Keyes, which is why I removed a bracket on my article based on the quote. Maya said the person knew what she’d say if she ever would hypothetically post to Free Republic, that’s far too vague to actually bracket anything for. If the real Maya Keyes has anything to say to my article then fine, but who cares what imposters have to say!

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The Keyes’: An American Family

Posted by Adam Graham on February 15, 2005

The recent revelations regarding Maya Keyes, the daughter of Ambassador Alan Keyes came as no surprise to me. I’m one of the few thousand who knew about her romantic relationship with a young woman from New Jersey, but I believed it was none of anyone’s business. The more I read the blogs of Maya and her friends, the more I became convinced the struggles of young people with their identity were not intended to be viewed by the world.

I’ve kept silence and have committed the matter to prayer. Now that a host of media outlets are reporting the Maya Keyes’ story, there’s not much point in keeping silence and some of the misleading information appearing in the press has to be answered with truth. My goal is not to harm Maya, only to show where certain facts have been distorted.

1) The Lesbian?

Stories continually point to Maya’s self-proclaimed Lesbianism, but there’s more to it than that. Maya broke off her romance with the woman who along with her, was plastered across the leftwing of the blogosphere last fall. However, it appears another love was just around the corner.

On her blog on November 22nd, she posted the following entry:

I got back yesterday from California, where I had a blast^1000 spending time with the “Aldo”, who I already miss so much I’m ready to get on the next plane back to San Fran…

When we finished getting intoxicated with natural beauty we returned to somewhere I felt far less at home – Travis Air Force Base. Yes, yes, I know. An anarchist staying on a military base… quite incongruous, I know. It is just evidence of how much I love the “Aldo” that I would set foot on the place. [And evidence of how much the “Aldo” loves me that he would put up with me for that ten days, through the amazing insanity – but that’s a whole nother story.]


He is magic, and magic with fuzzy hair – where on the East Coast can I find that?

Is Maya Keyes intentionally deceiving gay rights activists in order to get housing and a guaranteed Ivy League education? No, like a lot people her age, she’s confused and searching for her identity. Sadly, in the midst of a confusing time in her life, political opportunists in the gay movement are ready to exploit her vulnerability, naiveté, and a difficult family situation for their own ends.

2) Kicked out for being Gay

The second issue with Maya’s story is that various media reports have said her father kicked her out for being a lesbian. The story is worth some consideration. Many have openly wondered with what came out in the campaign why Keyes would wait until now to kick Maya out.

As I watched events unfold back in September, I harkened back to a statement Keyes made to the City Club of Chicago when asked about the role of gays in the GOP. Keyes reminded the audience all are sinners and then said, “Which one of us wants there to be a heartless rejection of our other abilities, of our other virtues, of our other qualities because we have sometimes stumbled?…There’s no contradiction between defending the institution of marriage and understanding that even when you look at somebody and you know that they’re in sin you can still remember that they are children of God, because God remembers and you treat them as such and respect them for those that He would always value in them. And that’s why Christ spent so much time with sinners. He didn’t just see their sin, he saw the possibility of their salvation and so should we.”
During the months that have followed, Keyes practiced what he preached and continues to. Despite the overblown rhetoric, Alan Keyes didn’t kick Maya out for being gay and my source on that is none other than Maya herself.

In her Blog on January 30, 2005, she wrote: “A couple days ago I got my official two-week warning I have to be out of this apartment; so finally for real I’m getting cut off. I got no severance or anything like that from my sudden termination of employment (don’t I have freedom of speech? the right to protest Bush without losing my job? Hehe… most people would think that working under a parent would be security but for me it’s quite the opposite.) “

Well, first of all, the two weeks notice gives us less the picture of Dr. Keyes tossing Maya’s stuff on the curb and more of him telling her it’s time to get out on her own. Secondly, her participation in the counter-inaugural in Washington, DC is listed as both the reason for her being fired and being thrown out of her apartment. Both actions in this light seem more than reasonable.

You can’t work for a Conservative organization by day and join anarchist far-leftists by night in opposing the President. It’s a conflict of interest that raises the specter of whether you can be trusted with sensitive information. ABC7 news reported a family friend told them Maya has not been barred from the family’s residence only from the apartment Keyes and the staff of his new organization are using and she was, at the time, living in.

More to the point, getting involved in subversive groups can be destructive to your career if you want a job that requires a background check. Maya may not realize this, but as a former member of the National Security Council, Dr. Keyes must understand how such rash youthful actions can come back to bite people when they’re older. Perhaps, he hoped that his action would serve as a reality check.

Family Matters

As to whose right in the issues between Maya and Alan Keyes, it’s not really for us to say. Some, have harked back to Keyes’ statement on Mary Cheney to suggest divine retribution, as if God reached down out of the sky and turned Maya Keyes into a lesbian in order to punish Alan Keyes.

Others have said they’re not surprised by the reports because of the type of man Alan Keyes is and that Keyes fully deserves this. If there’s any justice in this world, such people will be judged by the opinions of their disgruntled 19-year old children.

The challenge of parenting is daunting and sometimes requires tough love and hard choices. Alan Keyes isn’t the only parent to have to tell a child they had to move out. There’s more to this story than the media would have us believe, because it’s the story of a family and there’s nothing more complex. As such, we should defer judgment on the way Alan Keyes handles his family life to God.

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The War Against Keyes

Posted by Adam Graham on February 1, 2005

I was never that interested in Illinois politics until Alan Keyes ran for Senate. However, I’m beginning to see that the Reputation of the state as a corrupt hotbed of dirty politics is well-deserved. The Illinois Leader wrote about Alan Keyes convening the first meeting of Cook County United which sought to get 40-50 of the best activists in Cook County. Dripping with anger and a one by one list of Republicans who dislike Keyes, the article said:

And many are privately concerned that Keyes may form an exploratory committee to run for Governor.

Now this was an interesting tidbit that was picked up by Chicago Sun Times Columnist Michael Sneed who wrote:,

Rumble is former Republican U.S. Senate candidate/nightmare Alan Keyes is eyeing a bid for governor.

Now, of course Sneed didn’t source the Leader or explain the sources of the Keyes rumor were not close to the Keyes campaign. I thought it was a great idea when I heard it, but lots of people with knowledge in Illinois law began to point out the Keyes bid was quite impossible. In order to run for Governor, you have to have been a resident for four years. Without acknowledging any error, Sneed said Keyes wasn’t running because he couldn’t. Apparently Sneed cared too much about his reputation to spred an impossible rumor. Not so with the Illinois Leader where the story originated and there’s no correction.

The original story that spawned the rumors was full of bitterness from people who had not gotten an invite:

Many leading conservative activists were not invited and, further, are not particularly interested in Keyes’ return…

Skoien added that based on who was not invited to Keyes’ meeting that Keyes “doesn’t even know who the mainstream people in the (conservative) movement are.”…

Particularly telling were these two paragraphs:

Conservative activist Ruth O’Connell of Wheeling Township, the largest township in Cook County, said she too was not invited to the meeting but wouldn’t have gone regardless and didn’t believe Keyes’ ongoing involvement in Illinois would be helpful to the party or the movement…

“I wasn’t invited so I guess I’m not one of the top 40-50 conservative activists in Cook County,” laughed Fran Eaton, former state chairman of Eagle Forum. “The conservative movement in Illinois needs to focus on moving ahead and this (Keyes’ presence) reminds us of a very painful recent past.”

As much as I’d like to get my hands on the writer who wrote that Ms. Eaton laughed out her entire statement, there’s a larger point here.

In the first case, Ms. O’Connell states that she wouldn’t come, if she was invited. Good enough reason for Keyes not to invite her. I’d credit Keyes with having good perception of who’s willing to work with him and who is not except that it doesn’t take much to realize that Alan Keyes has good reason not to trust Ruth O’Connell in any organization of his. Less than a month into the campaign, O’Connell cancelled Keyes’ participation in the Buffalo Grove Days parade (Illinois Leader: September 4, 2004).

As for Ms. Eaton, she’s the former Managing Editor of the Leader and worked on the Keyes campaign. She left the campaign because Keyes wouldn’t do things her way and in a classless move wrote an editorial excoriating Keyes in the middle of the campaign on September 13th.

In a tough fight, Ms. Eaton and Ms. O’Connell lasted about a month. They showed disdain for Keyes, withholding key support when most needed and opening fire on him when he was attacked by the media. These are not the people you’d want with you in a political firefight.

The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight

Keyes isn’t running for Governor, so why is he starting this new organization? Keyes believes the state is being held captive by corrupt interests who are in control of both parties and sadly many Illinois Conservative leaders have shown themselves sadly incompetent.

Given what people’s expectation was of a Keyes’ candidacy, the very decision to beg Keyes to come to Illinois has got to be questioned. Alan Keyes ran his campaign as he always had and those who were expecting Keyes to abandon social issues hadn’t paid even minimal attention to the last two presidential campaigns.

In inviting Keyes and then abandonning him, the Conservative leaders showed their fickle lack of understanding, their grand failure to find an effective strategy and the weakness of their own ranks.

They also showed an incredible lack of discipline by bolting on Keyes within a month of him announcing. Even viewing Keyes’ campaign as a negative, the Illinois Conservative leadership should have made the best of a band situation. Instead, their abandonment only increased Obama’s margin of victory.

The story of 2004 wasn’t Alan Keyes, but rather a confused and rudderless Illinois conservative movement that has become part of the problem and not part of the solution.

Alan Keyes chose to avoid leaders who had shown themselves unreliable and untrustworthy. In doing so, he’s establishing the beginnings of a statewide organization that may some day accomplish what a Quixotic 84-day campaign could not: the liberation of Illinois from politically corrupt Chicagoland politiicans and the inept Conservative that fails to effectively challenge it.

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The Role of Losers

Posted by Adam Graham on November 14, 2004

Alan Keyes has been attacked for losing his campaign in Illinois. However, he was not alone. Across the country, many Republicans lost and by wide margins. Are all of these “losers” failures worthy of disdain?

Politics: A Game and Yet Not A Game

The pragmatists treat politics like it’s a sporting event, with the polls and their own personal judgments being scorecards that determine the action that should be taken. Principled Conservatives reply that politics is not a game but about issues of life and death, and the survival of our Republic.

Actually, it is a game in that order to succeed in politics, you have to win at some point. However, it is far from the simplistic game the pragmatists portray it as. Winning is important, but without those who have the courage to fight a losing battle, victory may never be achieved and if our victors do not stand for what’s right then victory is hollow indeed.

In numerous races across America, there are races that simply can’t be won. For example, no one is going to beat Sen. Tom Carper (D-De.) in 2006, but someone will run against him. The same is true in numerous legislative races across the country, particularly as incumbent protection has become the priority of redistricting.

By leaving these races unopposed or with opposition that’s running merely to have an item for their resume, the Republican Party would never go anywhere or grow their membership.

To effectively give up because you have no chance of victory is to limit yourself to fighting a defensive political war in which you’ll never gain wide support or a broad majority.

For this reason, candidates who run these losing campaigns are keeping hope alive. They’re educating voters and making an effort to bring Conservative ideals out. They may not be the best spokesman but for this yeoman’s work, they’re one of the few, and in many cases, the only ones willing to take on the task.

Losing candidates can get people involved in the political process and give them experience that they might not otherwise be able to get. For example, a large budget campaign will hire professional for all of its various positions, using volunteers as grunts or fundraisers (if they’re well-connected), while a losing campaign will give people the opportunity for on the job training at heavy duty campaign work, thus preparing them for leadership positions in the future.

They also get the party’s message out, which is important, because if a local candidate convinces 30 or 40 people to get out and vote Republican, or a Congressional candidate convinces a few hundred, it can have a major impact on statewide races. In addition, their efforts at outreach over time may bear dividends and turn non-competitive areas into competitive ones.

Losers Are the Future

What comes out of losing campaigns? Quite a bit if you look at history.

In 1964, Barry Goldwater was given a defeat of historic proportions, when LBJ carried 60+% of the vote. However, the Democrats lock on the Solid South was over. More importantly, one of his surrogates caught fire and would change the world. With his “A Time for Choosing Speech” backing Senator Goldwater. Ronald Reagan emerged as a political force and it wouldn’t have happened without Goldwater.

Similarly, George McGovern lost 49 states in 1972 but his Texas coordinator, Bill Clinton would succeed where McGovern had failed. Indeed, many leftists trace their entrance to politics to the McGovern campaign.

Years after their lopsided defeats, Goldwater and McGovern’s impact is being felt on our politics today because unlike safe bet candidates like Bob Dole and Gerald Ford, they actually stood for real ideas.

Joaquin Miller in his great poem, “The Defense of the Alamo” wrote the following stanza after describing utter defeat of the Texans in the Alamo by the Mexican Army:

Shout “Victory, victory, victory ho!”
I say ’tis not always to the hosts that win!

I say that the victory, high or low,
Is given the hero who grapples with sin,

Or legion or single; just asking to know
When duty fronts death in his Alamo.

The Conservative cause will be lost when we no longer have men and women willing to fight for great ideas, preferring the expediency of a Monday Morning Quarterback rather than the vigor of a hard-fought but losing battle.

So those candidates who fought the good, but losing fight for conservative principles from County Commissions to the US Senate deserve our thanks, because in their defeat are the seeds of future victory and the hope of our Republic.

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And None Dared Call It Victory

Posted by Adam Graham on October 14, 2004

In the articles on the Keyes-Obama radio debate, there’s been a fundamental element lacking from analysis. No one asked a Political scientist who won the debate. The silence on the question is amazing as the media usually obsesses over this

David Schaeffer of NPR is the only one I’ve heard honestly address the debate results. He said, “He (Keyes) more than held his own. He maybe opened some eyes in the state of Illinois in terms of his—not just his eloquence and his articulateness…but he really lived up to his own billing, particularly in foreign Affairs…and I think impressed a lot of people.” Schaeffer did stop short of using the W-word, but considering where he works, its high praise.

Many have called Keyes’ performance “reserved” in not going after Obama more harshly as he had when asked certain questions during the campaign. I believe he went after Obama in the right way. Keyes’ performance was the most disciplined I’ve ever heard as he showed he was ready for the Senate.

The moderators led off with foreign policy. The debate contrasted the approach of someone with a decade in Foreign Service vs. a State Senator who watches CNN. Obama declared Iraq separate from Afghanistan and the War on Terror. Keyes got him on it:

“I think one of the problems with folks who haven’t really had much experience in dealing with terror is that they don’t understand that we are in fact faced with a global infrastructure.”

Keyes explained that the war on terror is “a single war that has a front in Afghanistan, a front in Iraq, that has a covert series of fronts that we don’t hear much about…”

Obama argued that the US hadn’t used enough “soft power” (i.e. diplomacy) under Bush. Keyes responded with the quote of the night. “…you cannot give a soft response to a hard threat. It would be kind of like trying to meet a bayonet with a spaghetti noodle.”

The debate then moved to domestic policy. Keyes showed he’d been studying up and handled a question on what infrastructure projects to support with ease.

Health Care was Keyes’ weakest issue, and he sensed that Obama was playing to financially insecure middle class people. Keyes used Obama’s story of a father who lost his high paying manufacturing job and was worrying about how to pay for his son’s treatment into a discussion of trade policy where Keyes opposes multi-lateral agreements that are blamed for costing the US good jobs, while Obama supports them.

Keyes reached out to union workers and decried a policy that is “shrinking our manufacturing and industrial base” and “taking people from high qualities of life to lower standards.” Keyes then talked about how multi-lateral trade agreements hurt farmers, and then attacked the Chicago machine’s view of Illinois as “Chicago and the great Illinois desert”. Keyes articulated the concerns of many Southern Illinois residents and Obama never really responded.

On the deficit, Obama criticized the tax cuts and talked about a return to “pay as you go”. Keyes harkened back to his days at Citizens Against Government Waste (against reminding Illinois voters who actually has experience fighting deficit spending). He blamed liberals, in particular for taking a “Christmas tree” approach to spending.

Finally, on the live birth abortion issue. Keyes had to know time was running out, so he laid out his case persuasively. Ending his answer with a ready retort to Obama’s response, Keyes said, “Senator [Obama] ignored that travesty…plea now, I suppose, that this problem does not exist. I guess he’s calling the nurses involved liars.”

Obama then issued a blistering attack on Keyes for “carpetbagging” and argued that live birth abortion wasn’t going on. Keyes had disarmed Obama’s response because he reminded the audience that “live birth abortions” had witnesses, an issue Obama never addressed.

Finally, Keyes closed with a statement that brought the debate to the breakdown of the family. He said all our social and economic problems are rooted in the decline of the family. He said, “as the family fails, America will fail.”

Keyes made his points, got his message out, and appealed to key constituencies in Illinois.
He kept his cool against heavy handed moderators who heckled him, talked over him, and interrupted him on several occasions in one of the most unprofessional and openly hostile efforts at moderation ever. Compare this to January, 2000 when Keyes asked openly when NBC Moderator Tim Russert “was going to declare his candidacy” after Russert chose to run the debates contrary to the rules set by the candidate and you’ll see how much effort Keyes put into this debate.

Keyes wasn’t as flashy in times past, but he was the clear winner of Round 1.

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Humor Break: Alan Keyes Crashes McDonald’s

Posted by Adam Graham on October 4, 2004

After the Chicago Sun Times startling revelation that Keyes attended a public Republican Dinner without a written invitation, we’ve uncovered more details in this shocking scandal.

Earlier this week, Keyes entered a McDonald’s restaurant in Chicago without an invitation.

Store manager Keith Burdue said that Keyes wasn’t allowed to speak to voters at the drive thru window because the McDonald’s was fully staffed.

Keyes stirred up controversey when he rebuffed an offer of fries by saying, “I refuse to make myself a slave to carbohydrates.” Other than that, Keyes campaign officials say that Keyes shook hands with about half a dozen restaurant patrons before leaving after a few minutes to continue his campaign across the state.

Northwestern Political Science Professor Dan Worth noted, “Keyes is violating some huge prcedents. Traditionally, once a candidate announces for office, he can’t even go to the bathroom without a notarized invitation, and here Keyes is showing up in public places without being invited. It makes me wonder what politics is coming to.”

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Keyes Update

Posted by Adam Graham on October 1, 2004

Well, some people aren’t letting the story die about Maya Keyes.

In Metropolis, Illinois, Keyes was confronted by Reporters asking him to comment on the issue of his daughter’s sexuality. Keyes responded as any parent would by refusing to answer such a question. He then said.

“It is time that we insisted to the return of the standards of professional journalism where there were some lines you didn’t cross, some standards that you observed, some decency you actually honored,” Keyes said. “Or we admit that what we have is not a profession any longer but rather a gaggle of propagandists promoting their own personal views at the expense of truth and the integrity of information to serve our society.”

Nicole Sack then writes,

“Are you implying that the media in Illinois are biased?” a reporter asked.

“I don’t think I implied that,” Keyes said, “I think I said that.”

No dodging or invading from Dr. Keyes, that’s why we love him.

Meanwhile, in Maya Keyes’s world, she got a letter recently from a reporter saying:


My name is —- if you need any help call me at (number) or e-mail me at (address)

Staff Reporter

This gave Ms. Keyes, no little amusement. Ava has told everyone that if they get any media inquiries to hang up the phone, so they want their privacy protected, that’s for sure.

I lost it last night with someone on the Keyes 2004 group. They made the statement that maybe this situation was an attempt by God to humble Dr. Keyes. Years after the Apostle’s asked Jesus, “And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Master, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (John 9:2), we’re still doing the same garbage with people.

While I agreed that Keyes hadn’t done everything perfectly, I also made it clear that I thought the Illinois GOP was low by not backing Keyes. Seeing the lack of support and backstabbing has discouraged me from my own ambitions, I wrote,

I have questioned my own political goals and have been tempted to

conclude, “To heck with it.” Maybe, I should forget about politics
and focus on writing novels or making a lot of money for my family

and living a quiet life, shutting my eyes to injustice and
unfairness. Maybe, I should just simply throw up my hands because

people lack honor and integrity to stand for what they say they
believe and that will never change.

These thoughts are going through my head. I know I’ll remain active until after November 2nd, I feel this odd compulsion to stand up for men I believe to be good, decent, and honest folks, but after that I can make no promises. I’m tired of the treachery, the deceit, and the lies. I’m tired of good men getting tarred and feathered. This is nothing but pain. I need the strength of God to carry on.

Meanwhile on Free Republic some perverts are demanding to get into Maya’s blog. I’m not giving them the link. I feel too many people know about this as it is. If they’re voyeuristic enough to be curious than let them do their own research.

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The Story’s Dead–For Now

Posted by Adam Graham on September 29, 2004

There’s no new news sources picking up the Maya Keyes story. Apparently, Ms. Keyes’ age and the fact that Dr. Keyes is already down by as much as 51 points in one poll have scared the media off.

The upside is that Keyes can continue to run his campaign and his daughter can work through the issues in her life without the media spotlight. What happens from here will be up to her and her father, just as it should be.

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The Maya Keyes Story, Day Two

Posted by Adam Graham on September 28, 2004

Well, some new sources joined in covering the Maya Keyes story: The Advocate,, Politics1, the Illinois leader, the New York Daily News, and the Washington Times.

Now among these, only the Leader is in Illinois. Their huge story is that Keyes didn’t address the issue as expected at a townhall meeting. My big question is, “Why should we have to?” and “What business is of ours anyway?”

The candidate’s daughter is not an approriate issue and it’s personal not political. As I stated, Keyes is being consistent about “loving his daughter”.

Another Freerepublic post about the Cheney thing came up innocently enough. The person posting it did so because the story was breaking already and thought Free Republic would be a good place to discuss it. I quoted “not our way” post from Kos and asked, “Of course, it’s still up because it is their way, but is our way?” I publicly requested they pull the thread out of concern for the Keyes family’s privacy. The poster who started it didn’t intend to become a flame war but with some of the bitter anti-Keyes people. For whatever reason, Jim Robinson yanked the thread .

Neither Maya nor Ava (i.e. the girlfriend) had any new posts on their Xanga blogs today

I think tomorrow will be pivottal in the story. Who picks up? Who shows some class and leaves it alone that will tell whether this will peeter out or continue on.

I hope it peeters out, for Maya’s sake. A survey she posted and then put on her site six months ago indicated she’d never done anything more than kiss anyone. I think that she needs to work through some very difficult issues in her life as is Ava. Of course, if Keyes ever chooses to run for anything, this will become issue even if 4 years from now, Maya has grown out of this. In essence, to protect his daughter, Keyes may never be able to run for office again. Perhaps, it’s a sacrifice he’ll have. I remembered a speech Keyes gave in August at Mountaintop Community Church. Of children, he said,

There are days when they will bring us to joys we never knew where possible. And there are days when, in their suffering, and in their danger, and in their pain, and their sickness, they will bring us to fears and to griefs that we did not think were possible; to pain that we never thought a human heart could endure.

And there are times when we are called upon to enjoy the fruits of their existence, and others when we are called to sacrifice the fruits of our own for their sake.

This whole mélange of joy and satisfaction, of pain and grief and sacrifice, of moments when you fulfill yourself, and moments when you must completely put yourself aside–this is what it means to have a child.

Today, we prayed for Dr. Keyes at my church. I didn’t mention specifics. Going to a Pentecostal church, we take what are called “special unspoken requests”. I pray for Dr. Keyes, I pray for Maya and I pray for Ava. All of them needs God’s help in different ways.

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