August 08, 2004

Keyes In

It looks link Alan Keyes is set to ignore my advice and enter the Illinois Senate race.

It's not like he'd win anyway, but our esteemed press corps is already drawing a target on his back:

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. -- Two-time presidential hopeful Alan Keyes has been critical of candidates parachuting into a state where they don't live to run for office.

Yet the Maryland resident is expected to announce during a rally Sunday afternoon that he will enter the U.S. Senate race in Illinois against Democratic rising star Barack Obama.

No, that isn't an editorial or an opinion piece; it's the lede of the AP's report on news that Keyes is expected to enter the race.

The "reverse pyramid," in which every journalist is tought to write news dispatches, dictates that the most important information should come first. Apparently, the AP's correspondant thinks the hypocrisy of Keyes's candidacy is a bigger story than the candidacy itself.

Posted by John Tabin at August 8, 2004 03:11 PM

Your analysis of the situation seems right on the mark. I sincerely hope you are wrong! It follows along with my own thinking-at best, Keyes is just too conservative for Illinois. I can`t imagine the state that brought us Simon, Durbin, Jesse Jackson Jr., et al electing a man who called talk show host Michael Medved a socialist. I really like Keyes, but I just don`t see it. I hope we are both wrong.
Thanks for answering my query!

Posted by: Tim Birdnow at August 9, 2004 09:03 PM