Alan may have the Keyes to victory, but it may be a while before he finds a way to unlock the door to the White House. The gifted orator and former diplomat has been running for president since the 1996 campaign and has yet to break into the “top tier” of candidates, despite his impassioned eloquence and compelling message. This presidential race, he failed to get traction running as a Republican, was later defeated in his attempt to win the nomination of the Constitution Party, and is now running as an Independent. He will be on the ballot in California and in a couple other states.
The first McCain-Obama debate was supposed to be limited to foreign policy. Because it occurred in the midst of the financial meltdown, moderator Jim Lehrer led off by asking each of the two participants to address the "financial recovery plan." He deftly he avoided using the term "bailout," even skipping the Bush administration's preferred term, "rescue." An establishment figure for decades, Lehrer did a commendable job of keeping its views from being scrutinized — as they surely should be. Lehrer, of course, is the veteran news anchor for the government-funded Public Broadcasting System.