Okay, no denying or talking around it. I was in a bit of a blog funk today. So here I was, late in the evening, wondering what would put me back on track. And I knew I had to channel back into the Illinois senate race to get my bearings, knowing as I did that Alan Keyes would never disappoint me.
On most days you can find Alan Keyes explaining why affirmative action either violates the categorical imperative or is specifically rejected in the Declaration of Independence, if of course you interpret it correctly using numerology. But today he thought he'd mix it up a bit. So he said Barack Obama wasn't black enough.
I couldn't find the actual transcript. But this local TV report says that Keyes claimed "Obama can't relate to other blacks because he is not from the same heritage as most African Americans." And just to drive the point home Keyes also claimed Obama advanced the genocide of the black race by supporting abortion rights.
"We're the first people who have ever been pushed into genocide before our babies are born ... So the people who are supporting that position are actually supporting the systematic extermination of black America," he told a local radio station.
All of this may have come because of what happened yesterday when both candidates showed up at the Billiken parade on the South Side of the Chicago -- an event which is billed as the largest African-American parade in the country.
Obama, not surprisingly, got a raucous hero's welcome. And Keyes ... well, he didn't get a hero's welcome. You can read all the details here. But the one nugget that caught my yeye was this moment where, according to the Chicago Tribune, a parade goer "briefly grabbed Keyes' arm and advised Keyes, 'Take your [expletive] back to Maryland.'"
Now Keyes is on to another crowd pleaser: ending elections for senators and giving the choice back to state legislatures. "There has been a steady deleterious erosion of the sovereign role of the states," Keyes told a radio station on Friday and ending popular elections for senators would help put things right.