The People Have Spoken

In a move that comes as a surprise to absolutely nobody, Alan Keyes has decided that that nation needs him and so he has decided to throw his hat into the ring and seek the Republican Presidential nomination for a third time:

Alan Keyes filed a Statement of Candidacy (Form 2) with the Federal Election Commission–thus officially announcing as a Republican candidate for President of the United States.

Keyes told Janet Parshall, host of a nationally syndicated radio show, that he’s “unmoved” by the lack of moral courage shown by the other candidates, among whom he sees no standout who articulates the “key kernel of truth that must, with courage, be presented to our people.”

As a result, Keyes said, “We’re putting together an effort that’s not going to be like anything before, because it’s going to be entirely based on citizen action. We’re going to be challenging people to take a pledge for America’s revival,” and elevate them from spectators in the political arena to participants.

The idea that Keyes’ campaign is going to be “entirely based on citizen action” is pretty far-fetched considering that, last time we checked, the petition urging him to run had only garnered 1700 signatures over the course of three months.  Add to that the basic fact that Keyes was behind the entire “draft Alan Keyes” movement from the start and it becomes pretty clear that he is less concerned about the “lack of moral courage” of the other candidates than with his own search for the spotlight.  

But Keyes is in and will undoubtedly put on quite a show when he joins the various other second-tier candidates at tonight’s “Values Voter Presidential Debate,” where he will probably get a warm welcome, seeing as he was one of the founders of the very organization that is sponsoring it.