Alan Keyes: A Man of Principle?

Alan Keyes: A Man of Principle? August 5, 2004

In 1995, Alan Keyes said this of the Republican party in a 1995 speech:

This Party was born on a clear commitment to principle. This Party was born of those who had the courage to stand before the American people and in the face of the threat of a greater division than we’ll ever face, insist that we had to respect the principle that make us great, the principles that make us strong, the principles that make us free.

Time and time again, Keyes has cast himself as a man of character and principle, as opposed to those who sell out their principles for the sake of winning and gaining power. In a 1996 book he wrote:

What sense is there in winning, in success, or even prosperity if there is not truth?

Here is what he said in 2000 about Hillary Clinton moving to New York to run for the Senate:

I deeply resent the destruction of federalism represented by Hillary Clinton’s willingness to go into a state she doesn’t even live in and pretend to represent people there.

Yet here he is “deliberating” over whether to move to Illinois and run for the Senate after Republican candidate Jack Ryan withdrew due to a sex scandal. He has never lived in Illinois and he is a resident of Maryland. And he readily admits that doing so is against his principles:

“I do not take it for granted that it’s a good idea to parachute into a state and go into a Senate race,” he said before meeting the Republican leaders. “As a matter of principle, I don’t think it’s a good idea.”

In fact, as he said in 2000, it represents the destruction of federalism. If he accepts the offer and moves to Illinois to run for office, he will pretty much destroy his credibility in presenting himself as a man of principle.

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