Tuesday, August 17, 2004

And now, from the "I-don't-believe-how-bizarre-this person-is" file, we have Alan Keyes.

Apparently, believe that he didn't look bad enough when compared to Barak Obama, he went on record as being opposed to Senatorial elections.

It seems that Alan All-Keyed-Up wants us to return to the pre-1913 days when citizens didn't get to vote for Senators, but they were chosen by the State Legislature. As Dave Barry would say, I am not making this up:

"Alan Keyes said Friday he would like to end the system under which the people elect U.S. senators and return to pre-1913 practice in which senators were chosen by state legislatures.

The Republican Senate candidate in Illinois, asked about past comments on the election process, said the constitutional amendment that provided for popular election of senators upset the balance between the people and the states.

"The balance is utterly destroyed when the senators are directly elected because the state government as such no longer plays any role in the deliberations at the federal level," Keyes said at a taping of WBBM Newsradio's "At Issue" program.

Keyes' Democratic rival, state Sen. Barack Obama of Chicago, issued a statement saying he supports popular election of U.S. senators.

"I certainly trust the people of Illinois to choose who they want to represent them in the U.S. Senate," he said. "That is the very basis of our democracy."

Keyes said he did not consider repealing the 17th Amendment a high priority.

"But if I ever see an opportunity in politics to promote it, I will," he said.

I'll go on record as saying that I think the Republican Party has insulted every resident of Illinois in general and black voters in particular by importing this absurd crank and putting him forward as a serious candidate.

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