A guy like Barack Obama is politically dangerous enough -- well spoken, nice looking, youthful, beautiful family, smooth as butter, but every bit the Leftist as Howard Dean or Teddy Kennedy. He is an African American running in a blue, turning bluer state, where the African American vote in Cook County can swing the entire state, with strong turnout -- but to have Obama run for Senate uncontested makes him much stronger than he really is. Uncontested, Obama can simply smile his way into the U.S. Senate, without the People of Illinois ever having a hint of what a whacked-out Leftist he is.
The current situation does not call for a candidate - the seat is probably hopelessly lost for now - this situation calls for an assassin. I most emphatically do not mean character assassination, I mean issues assassination. Obama holds positions on issues ranging from taxes to same-sex marriage, and everything in-between, which are drastically out of step with most Illinois voters, and this election needs an opponent capable of exposing and hurting Obama on those issues. Alan Keyes is just such a man. In fact, this fall Alan Keyes may be starring in the role he was born to play.