The Mitt Romney campaign must surely be concerned about the lack of support for it in the black community, with some surveys putting it at an astounding zero percent. In response, they have set up a Black Leadership Council, no doubt to bring more African-Americans into the fold.
I quickly scanned the people who are on this council and was shocked to find that Alan Keyes was not there. How could Romney leave him out? Keyes ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for the US senate in Maryland in 1988, 1992, and in Illinois in 2004 (when he lost to Barack Obama) and for the Republican nomination for president in 1996, 2000, and 2008.
Keyes’s main claim to fame is as the source of the data that fixes the ‘crazification factor’ in America, the number of people who will vote for any crazy person, however crazy, at 27%. He is a birther with a proven ability to attract the crazy. Assuming that the percentage of crazy in the black voting bloc is the same as in the general population, Romney could improve his chances by aligning himself with Keyes.
After all, he can’t do worse than zero percent.