My macabre interest in Dr. Alan Keyes, politico-turned-raving lunatic, is rarely rewarded with such riches.
Presidential candidate Alan Keyes, vice-presidential candidate Wiley S. Drake, and the Chairman of the American Independent Party, Markham Robinson, have filed suit in California Superior Court in Sacramento seeking to bar Secretary of State Debra Bowen from certifying to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger the names of Electors, and from transmitting to each presidential Elector a Certificate of Election, until documentary proof is produced and verified showing that Senator Obama is a â€œnatural bornâ€ citizen of the United States, and does not hold citizenship of Indonesia, Kenya or Great Britain.
In addition, they have asked that the court issue a peremptory writ barring Senator Obamaâ€™s California Electors from signing the Certificate of Vote until such documentary proof is produced and verified.
In response to questions about why the suit was being filed, Ambassador Alan Keyes commented, â€œI and others are concerned that this issue be properly investigated and decided before Senator Obama takes office. Otherwise there will be a serious doubt as to the legitimacy of his tenure. This doubt would also affect the respect people have for the Constitution as the supreme law of the land. I hope the issue can be quickly clarified so that the new President can take office under no shadow of doubt. This will be good for him and for the nation.â€
Keyes was a particularly tiny speedbump on Obama’s route to the White House. The 2004 Illinois Senate race was the weirdest turning point in a future president’s career since, I’d argue, LBJ’s stolen 1948 election. A rundown: the Democratic frontrunner imploded in a spouse abuse scandal, after Obama won the nomination the GOP frontrunner imploded in a similiar spousal scandal (he’d forced his wife to have sex in front of strangers in Paris clubs), and the Illinois GOP, given a choice between a pro-choice Bush official and Alan Keyes (who didn’t have any ties to the state), waited until Mike Ditka passed on the race then nominated Keyes. Keyes went on to lose in a 43-point landslide to Obama despite performing rather well in the debates.
I don’t know what happened to Keyes since then. He was an odd and argumentative person before 2004, and a political punching bag (the only man defeated by George W. Bush, Barack Obama, AND John McCain), but he wasn’t crazy. I believe that as his circle tightened, and his support was limited to a bunch of religious extremists like the falangists, he lost his grip on reality. Hence his blathering, uninformed performance in the one 2008 debate he was allowed in (the final Iowa GOP debate) and hence this. I’d say Keyes should be ashamed, but he doesn’t have shame anymore.
This, by the way, is only the second funniest wrinkle in the Obama birth conspiracy theory. The funniest is the slap-fight between Phil Berg, the deranged 9/11 conspiracy theorist who filed the most high-profile suit against Obama (alleging that he was born in Kenya AND an Indonesian citizen), and Andy Martin, the anti-semitic fringe candidate (who, yes, ran in the 2004 GOP Senate primary in Illinois) who now claims that Obama’s real father is Frank Marshall Davis. Martin is now suing Berg (filing an official complaint to his state’s legal board) because he fears that Berg is trying to discredit real truth-seekers like him.