Even if tonight’s Florida results fit the worst-case scenario for Rudy Giuliani, he’ll be in better shape than Alan Keyes. Dave Weigel reminds us that the professional candidate is still running for the 2008 GOP nomination.
Who would have thought that Keyes’s 29 percent showing against Barbara Mikulski in 1992 and his 27 percent against Barack Obama in 2004 would look good compared to his showing in this year’s presidential primaries? Keyes is a bright man and a gifted orator. If he had better judgement and people skills, what a career he might have had. He even managed to collect more than 1 million votes (one of them, ahem, mine) in the 2000 Republican primaries.
But Keyes never could shake that just-so-fringe feeling. That 2004 Senate race was a bridge too far, and his bizarre performance at the Des Moines Register debate put him right in the water. A “candidate” should not in good conscience be able to raise money just to get on the ballot in a bunch of states, not really campaign in the sense that most normal people use that word, and then demand to be included in the debates so that he can hector everybody else who is running.Another remind that Keyes still exists can be foudn here.