Friday, June 11, 2010

Who Is This Guy?

Not just Democrats in South Carolina are wondering who Alvin Greene is and how he won the Democratic primary for the Senate.

Alvin M. Greene never gave a speech during his campaign to become this state’s Democratic nominee for Senate. He didn’t start a Web site or hire consultants or plant lawn signs. There’s only $114 in his campaign bank account, he says, and the only check he ever wrote from it was to cover his filing fee.

Indeed, in a three-hour interview, the unemployed military veteran could not name a single specific thing he’d done to campaign. Yet more than 100,000 South Carolinians voted for him on Tuesday, handing him nearly 60 percent of the vote and a resounding victory over Vic Rawl, a former judge who has served four terms in the state legislature.

“I’m the Democratic Party nominee,” Greene says in the interview at his father’s home on a lonely stretch of rural highway in central South Carolina. “The people have spoken. The people of South Carolina have spoken. The people of South Carolina have spoken. We have to be pro-South Carolina. The people of South Carolina have spoken. We have to be pro-South Carolina.”

He was interviewed last night on Keith Olbermann’s show:

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Whether it was shenanigans on the part of people in the GOP crossing over to vote for him — South Carolina has an open primary — or whether it was just people voting for the first name on the list, or people mistaking this gentleman for the soul singer Al Green, something strange happened in the primary election.

Of course, given South Carolina’s recent history in politics — from “hiking the Appalachian Trail” to one Republican calling another a “f***king raghead,” it would be an event if there wasn’t something strange going on in the Palmetto State.