Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Man on Fire

According to the Chicago Tribune:

Declaring that his campaign strategy is dependent on controversy, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Alan Keyes told the state's top GOP donors at a recent closed-door meeting that he plans to make "inflammatory" comments "every day, every week" until the election, according to several sources at the session.

The sources said Keyes explained that his campaign has been unfolding according to plan and likened it to a war in which lighting the "match" of controversy was needed to ignite grass-roots voters.

"This is a war we're in," one source recounted Keyes as saying. "The way you win wars is that you start fires that will consume the enemy."

It then quotes Keyes as saying:

In his remarks to the finance group, Keyes used a Civil War-themed allegory to describe his tactics, according to the sources. They said he spoke of the vastly different styles of two leading Union generals, the aggressive Ulysses S. Grant and the passive George McClellan, adding that it was easy to tell if a child would grow up to be a successful military leader.

The child who is willing to line up his toy soldiers and not merely admire them but swat them down and "put them into the meat grinder" will be a great general, the sources said Keyes told the group.

Some would say that this shows Keyes has become unhinged. I think it shows that he never had hinges.

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