If the Republican primaries were a game of musical chairs, it would seem that there are six seats and seven players ready for the game to begin. Ambassador Alan Keyes would make it an even field of eight vying for seven chairs.
Alan Keyes stepped up to the plate after receiving a desperate plea from the Republican Party to challenge Barack Obama in the 2004 Illinois Senate race. He had less than three months to go from nothing until the general election. I wish they had not done that to the Ambassador in retrospect, but he still managed to obtain a respectable 1.3 million votes.
This morning I puttered around on the Keyes campaign website and came away somewhat astonished. If there were reason to publish all of my thoughts concerning the various issues, I think that I could take most of Alan's and simply put my own name on them. Perhaps this field of Republican candidates is not so bland after all.
Alan Keyes ought to be in the game and in serious consideration by conservatives everywhere. From what I understand, he still needs help securing spots on various state ballots, so if you want to measure the other candidates with a man who, in my opinion, seems to be a reasonably complete package, then I think we should at least help him get in the game.
The others all have "cons" to go along with their conservatism and palatability, and indeed, they all have some "pros" as well. Let us take a quick run-through.
Senator McCain seems to have a good handle on defense and the war, except for his understandable sensitivity to the rough handling of certain prisoners. I only wish he would remember that he was a "good-guy" when he was a prisoner, as opposed to the "bad-guys" from whom we need information. Senator McCain also has trouble knowing who the enemy is in the Senate, from time to time. It's the liberals John… stay away from them!
Mike Huckabee seems to be on my page regarding abortion, marriage, and matters of faith. To hear various pundits express an icky-fit about whether a cross intentionally was placed in his ad, just about makes me break out in hives. The "thing" was indeed a bookshelf. Huckabee would likely swear that he is not a woman too, even though he probably has man boobs. Perhaps he should be crucified for that as well. On the down side, Mike Huckabee seems to have a problem, knowing when and how best to criticize a sitting President. That shows a lack of judgment that I would expect from the loony left.
Duncan Hunter seems to be a fine fellow, but true or false, I get the impression that he is driven by a single issue, and that would be illegal immigration. There is just so much more on our plate than that, and I need to feel that my President has his hands on all the knobs.