It’s going to be really interesting to see how Republican Presidential candidate Alan Keyes (b. 1950) fares in the January 8th New Hampshire Primary. Almost a week to go! He entered the race late on September 14th and does not seem to have any discernible momentum. I’m sure most people do not even know that he is once-again running. He also ran in 1996 and 2000.
Keyes is certainly on the side of the good — the sane side — in regard to the moral issues of our day, especially respect for women, children and the family. The common good and the future of the United States can be served well with the help of a President with high moral principles and courage to act on them. His domestic and foreign policy positions likewise are reasonable and sane.
In addition to “values”, “leadership” will be an increasing important aspect of choosing the next President of the United States considering the certain challenges of Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, Pakistan and the like. From the group above Romney and McCain are naturally the first choices since they have far better “name recognition” than Keyes. Nevertheless, Keyes is certainly well-positioned for Presidential leadership. He has served as diplomat in the US Foreign Service for many years, has a great education, and took the initiative to run in many Senate campaigns.
Does Alan Keyes have much of a chance to win New Hampshire, never mind in other states? Probably not. He, like the rest of us, most likely knows that he doesn’t have much traction in this election cycle. His candidate stature probably will not improve unless someone drops out —Huckabee or Paul? — and endorses him. Nevertheless it is refreshing to, once again, see Alan giving a sane moral voice without compromise to election politics.