I can understand Republicans wanting to keep Alan Keyes off the ballot; he’s obviously going to be a huge embarrassment. They’d be much better off either leaving the race open, thus avoiding a huge turnout for Obama that could hurt their down-ticket chances, or giving some of their young talent some statewide exposure.
Even if it weren’t bad strategy, this strikes me as bad ethics. I don’t know the Illinois law, but my view on Illiniois is the same as was my view on New Jersey: if at all legally possible, the voters ought to have an actual choice. A weak Republican canididate preserves that; a hoplessly discredited Republican who isn’t actually running doesn’t. Allowing the state-level party committees to fill in seems like a sensible approach.
Not one of our finer hours, fellas.
Hat tip: Atrios.