Don Imus mentioned Alan Keyes on the radio this morning, and I had no idea why he was in the news.
Now I know:
Maya Keyes loves her father and mother. She put off college and moved from the family home in Darnestown to Chicago to be with her dad on a grand adventure. Even though she disagrees with him on "almost everything" political, she worked hard for his quixotic and losing campaign for the U.S. Senate.
Now Maya Keyes -- liberal, lesbian and a little lost -- finds herself out on her own. She says her parents -- conservative commentator and perennial candidate Alan Keyes and his wife, Jocelyn -- threw her out of their house, refused to pay her college tuition and stopped speaking to her.
Maya, 19, says her parents cut her off because of who she is -- "a liberal queer." Tomorrow, she will take her private dispute with her dad into the open. She is scheduled to make her debut as a political animal, speaking at a rally in Annapolis sponsored by Equality Maryland, the state's gay rights lobby.
I will waive the remote possibility that there is a totally different backstory and say this: Alan Keyes ought to take a look in the mirror and slap himself.
Then he ought to thank the Lord that he and his wife raised the daughter they did.
Then he ought to go back to the mirror and slap himself a few more times. Make an afternoon of it, in fact. Or ask for volunteers to help.