Alan Keyes, former Ambassador, US Senatorial candidate in Maryland, and US Presidential candidate, has decided to move to Illinois to challenge seemingly unbeatable Democrat Barack Obama for the US Senate.
Keyes is very conservative, and will likely excite his base. However, Obama is a moderate who has already excited his base by giving a powerful (and well-received) keynote address at the DNC in Boston.
Keyes will, IMO, be lucky to get 40% of the vote in November. Obama is nearly unbeatable.
However, Keyes is a master-debater and orator. If Obama concedes to the seven debates he has promised to participate in, he is only a gaffe or two away from making this a tight race.
Regardless, a black person will be the next Senator from the great state of Illinois. There have been few black Senators in our nation’s history. Whoever wins will have achieved something noteworthy.