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December 12, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

CRAZIFICATION UPDATE....I know I'm supposed to keep up on these things, but Alan Keyes participated in today's Republican debate? Alan Keyes? WTF?

Explanation here, which just goes to show that rules are made to be broken.

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That's just great. Maybe if Barack Obama somehow snags the Democratic nomination, the other Republican candidates will subsequently see their respective campaigns implode due to sex scandals and allegations of domestic abuse, all but ensuring that he'll once again draw the seriously brain-cell deficient Mr. Keyes as his oppenent in the general election.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on December 12, 2007 at 5:40 PM | PERMALINK

I watched the first half hour. Keyes provided comic relief.

It wasn't easy for Keyes to be the most unreasonable, because the other candidates were making all sorts of promises that could never be fulfilled: cutting domestic spending by 10%, solving global warming, making the US energy independent, ending illegal immigration, cutting taxes for the middle class, and so forth.

Posted by: ex-liberal on December 12, 2007 at 5:43 PM | PERMALINK

What about Steve Forbes and Jack Kemp? They could have a three-way about flat taxes and rising boats.

Posted by: Rula Lenska on December 12, 2007 at 5:46 PM | PERMALINK

Donald: That was one Republican (Jack Ryan) and one Democrat (Blair Hull) imploding on the alleged domestic abuse thing in the 2004 election. Ryan, however, was the only one accused of trying to bully his wife into knocking boots in public at a sex club.

What Hull and Ryan had in common was zero local or state legislative experience and enough money and arrogance to try to buy themselves a seat in the U.S. Senate as a political starter job. It was good to watch them both go down, so good.

Posted by: shortstop on December 12, 2007 at 5:47 PM | PERMALINK

I love these GOP pricks talking about the evils of socialised medicine, and how the government shouldn't fund health insurance, but meanwhile EVERY ONE of those assholes is getting health insurance paid for by taxpayers (many of whom have no insurance at all). New heights of absurdity every day.

Posted by: Speed on December 12, 2007 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

Global warming lifts all boats!

Posted by: dr2chase on December 12, 2007 at 5:56 PM | PERMALINK

Alan Keyes is the future of America. Why do you hate America?

Posted by: anonymous on December 12, 2007 at 5:59 PM | PERMALINK

Jesus,

The Dems bar Kucinich from the debates but the Repukes allow Keyes?

Fucking crazy times we live in.

Posted by: angryspittle on December 12, 2007 at 6:07 PM | PERMALINK

So Keyes apparently polled at least 1% in Iowa? Who's Kevin calling crazy now?

angryspittle, I don't think the Dems barred Kucinich, I believe it was Iowa Public Television which sets the rules.

Posted by: bigcat on December 12, 2007 at 6:18 PM | PERMALINK

I always figured that there was another level to the Jack Ryan sex scandal -- how heterosexual can a guy be if he needs to have a bunch of men watching him in order to get an erection with the amazingly hot and brainy Jeri Ryan?

Posted by: Disputo on December 12, 2007 at 6:19 PM | PERMALINK

I pledge to convert every atheist, agnostic and heretic to Christianity by the end of my first term in office! Or they will be deported! And then we will have a Christian Nation!

Posted by: Alan Keyes on December 12, 2007 at 6:29 PM | PERMALINK

The illusion of a big tent. When you look at the saccharine candidates they have shamelessly promoted, it was important to extend the myth of an all-inclusive Republican Party. Which is complete bullshit. They don't even know who is cutting their respective over-fertilized lawns, or cleaning up their show jumper droppings. . .

Posted by: Sparko on December 12, 2007 at 7:14 PM | PERMALINK

shortstop: "What Hull and Ryan had in common was zero local or state legislative experience and enough money and arrogance to try to buy themselves a seat in the U.S. Senate as a political starter job. It was good to watch them both go down, so good."

I remember that campaign, shortstop. It disproved the old adage about lightning never striking in the same place twice.

Sen. Barack Obama has led a rather charmed life, politically-speaking. But if he makes it to the nomination, he won't draw Mr. Keyes in the finale, of that I'm certain. It's too much to expect that all the Republicans would crash and burn the way Hull and Ryan did, thus clearing the way for that loon.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on December 12, 2007 at 7:59 PM | PERMALINK

Generally your self-hating whites libs immediately jump on the bandwagon when it come to a dark skinned candidate, whether it be a welfare queen like Carol Braun or a mediocrity like Obama, but I guess Keyes is too much even for the libs to gush over.

Posted by: Luther on December 12, 2007 at 8:05 PM | PERMALINK

Guess so, Luther. Hey! Is that pie!?

Posted by: shortstop on December 12, 2007 at 8:39 PM | PERMALINK

The highlight of the Iowa GOP debate: when Keyes ranted about "hot air" coming out of the mouths of politicians, and Paul quipped "Doctor, heal thyself." -Justin Raimondo [antiwar.com]

Posted by: Ya Know... on December 12, 2007 at 8:42 PM | PERMALINK

Rachel Maddow actually said that Keyes won the debate because he was straightforwardly crazy instead of hedging his language. In other words, he was being true to the GOP's big issues, which the other candidates try to sugar-coat. Chris Matthews was not happy with Maddow when she declared Keyes the winner on his show. In fact, he said he wanted to waterboard her. Nice guy.

Posted by: Zeno on December 12, 2007 at 10:36 PM | PERMALINK

I forgot to mention that Keyes was a major speaker at the 2006 Reclaiming America for Christ conference (one of those loony politico-religious hoedowns once sponsored by the late D. James Kennedy). At the conference Keyes declared that judicial review of legislative enactments was automatically unconstitutional because rulings by judges were ex post facto and thus forbidden. He was serious about that!

I transcribed some key Keyes sentences on my blog here: [Link]

Posted by: Zeno on December 12, 2007 at 10:41 PM | PERMALINK

LOL. Leave it to Keyes to want to reverse Marbury.

Posted by: Disputo on December 12, 2007 at 10:46 PM | PERMALINK

Typical. Republicans never met a whack job they didn't like.

Posted by: CN on December 13, 2007 at 8:51 AM | PERMALINK

"ex-liberal" wrote: I watched the first half hour. Keyes provided comic relief.

Not unlike your role here, except that it isn't actually funny, except to total assholes like you, to watch someone thoroughly humiliate himself with disgusting antics.

Posted by: Gregory on December 13, 2007 at 9:13 AM | PERMALINK

Thanks to this thread, I dreamed about Alan Keyes last night. So I have circles the size of baseball diamonds under my eyes this morning.

Posted by: shortstop on December 13, 2007 at 9:16 AM | PERMALINK

I have circles the size of baseball diamonds under my eyes this morning

Yikes...your dreams must have had the distorted, non-Euclidean insanity akin to those dread Cthulhu sends from sunken R'lyeh.

Actually, that explains much about the implosion of the modern GOP..."Ph'nglui taxcut mglw'nafh Keyes R'lyeh filibuster wgah'nagl fhtagn!"

Posted by: Gregory on December 13, 2007 at 10:10 AM | PERMALINK

LOL, Gregory.

And meant to comment on this earlier: I always figured that there was another level to the Jack Ryan sex scandal -- how heterosexual can a guy be if he needs to have a bunch of men watching him in order to get an erection with the amazingly hot and brainy Jeri Ryan?

I think it was more along the lines of, "Look what I've got, guys; the beautiful babe is mine." Not at all an uncommon hetero male fantasy, though I'd guess relatively few act on it.

Posted by: shortstop on December 13, 2007 at 11:27 AM | PERMALINK

Keyes represents the "crazier than a bedbug" wing of the GOP, which is a high-growth area. He brings so many issues of interest to fetuses to the national debate, God bless him. Has Alan learned how to groom his beard yet or does he still look like an old pirate? I think he should attend the next debate with a scarf over his head, a patch over his eye and a parrot on his shoulder. It might give him gravitas.

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on December 13, 2007 at 11:53 AM | PERMALINK

I think it was more along the lines of, "Look what I've got, guys; the beautiful babe is mine." Not at all an uncommon hetero male fantasy

Well, yes, of course, but I'd posit that a sex act performed by a man that involves a woman as a mere prop and is engaged in primarily for the benefit of other men is primarily a homosexual act, not unlike a "circle jerk", but with the added "benefit" of being a misogynistic act as well.

Posted by: Disputo on December 13, 2007 at 3:58 PM | PERMALINK

Disputo: I don't think I can agree with the first characterization. Misogynistic, certainly, unless--because human sexuality is so damn complicated even as it's sooooo simple--that sort of thing were wholly (truly) consensual and a mutual turn-on, which it certainly wasn't in the Ryans' case. I'd be interested in seeing what other people think if this thread's not too dead and this isn't too far OT.

Posted by: shortstop on December 13, 2007 at 5:28 PM | PERMALINK

Well, how's this for an analogous situation:

From what I hear, a common mating practice amongst the kids now-a-days is for two or more women to make out in front of a bunch of guys. This is not (typically) a lesbian act -- the women are using each other as props in order to enhance their desirability with the guys around them.

In any case, Jack Ryan uses way more hair product than any straight man is capable of....

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