Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Obama wins in Illinois -- The Keyes Voters (both of them) are shocked

As expected by everyone, even Alan Keyes, the AP has called the Senate race in Illinois (where CNB is located) in favor of Barack Obama. The only surprising thing is that this race was not officially called sometime last week. Hell, this race was effectively called once Jack "crying isn't a turn-on" Ryan got run out of this race and the Illinois Republican Party figuratively (and possibly literally) threw up its arms and put Alan Keyes on the ballot (after everyone and their dog turned them down).

Keyes' best line (and there are plenty) was his famous quote about Hillary Rodham Clinton moving to New York to run for Senate in 2000: "I deeply resent the destruction of federalism represented by Hillary Clinton's willingness to go into a state she doesn't even live in and pretend to represent people there. So I certainly wouldn't imitate it." Yet Sen. Clinton, unlike Alan Keyes, won a primary where the voters of a state chose to give her the nomination. Keyes, on the other hand, was the unelected candidate of last resort for the hobbled Illinois Republican party. Essentially, Keyes destroyed federalism more than Clinton.

Congratulations, Senator-elect Obama.