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Something crazy going on in South Carolina

Alvin Greene. Mister Greene won the Democratic primary in South Carolina on Tuesday. How did this guy win? Was it one of those odd quirks that we see in politics from time to time? From my standpoint, I don’t know. From what I can see Mister Greene really did not run any campaign. It’s unclear how somebody who was on unemployment was able to afford the $10,000 needed to file an application with the board of elections.

Maybe this was some incredibly dynamic young man who was simply irresistible. Whereas some politicians have charisma, Alvin Greene has anti-charisma (see the video). This gentleman has been in the military and served both in the Army and the Air Force. He was discharged under somewhat interesting circumstances. (The Pentagon would not confirm whether he was honorably or dishonorably discharged. This is their standard procedure with all serviceman.) According to Greene, “things weren’t working out…” He appears to have a looming obscenity charge. This is the Democratic nominee for Senate.

Watch the video:

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There are some people who are upset with Keith Olbermann for interviewing Alvin Greene, who is relatively inarticulate. He never really faced the camera. He’s not gone through “basic training for politicians.” So, somehow it is Keith Olbermann’s fault for showing the world that this guy would have a lot of trouble running for dog catcher, let alone for the Senate. I don’t blame MSNBC or Keith Olbermann. I blame Alvin Greene.

As far as Alvin Greene being a poster child for the openness of elections, I think that this author is extremely misguided. I think, as others do, that there are some shenanigans going on. Could he have actually won the election without campaigning? Doubt it. Even in South Carolina people have to campaign in order to win. He had no word-of-mouth campaign. He had nothing. He did nothing. This whole thing smells rotten.

By |2010-06-11T19:39:16-04:00June 11th, 2010|Party Politics|Comments Off on Something crazy going on in South Carolina

And that's the change we need

Barack Obama has brought his A game. He is/was rockin’ the house. I’ll have the video as soon as it is available.

The speech was too long. Still the passion was there. The themes that we will hear over the next 5 months are here. Iraq is going to be big. Health care will be big. Economy. Energy will be big.

Here are Barack Obama’s prepared remarks.

Tonight, after fifty-four hard-fought contests, our primary season has finally come to an end.

Sixteen months have passed since we first stood together on the steps of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. Thousands of miles have been traveled. Millions of voices have been heard. And because of what you said – because you decided that change must come to Washington; because you believed that this year must be different than all the rest; because you chose to listen not to your doubts or your fears but to your greatest hopes and highest aspirations, tonight we mark the end of one historic journey with the beginning of another – a journey that will bring a new and better day to America. Tonight, I can stand before you and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States.

I want to thank every American who stood with us over the course of this campaign – through the good days and the bad; from the snows of Cedar Rapids to the sunshine of Sioux Falls. And tonight I also want to thank the men and woman who took this journey with me as fellow candidates for President.

At this defining moment for our nation, we should be proud that our party put forth one of the most talented, qualified field of individuals ever to run for this office. I have not just competed with them as rivals, I have learned from them as friends, as public servants, and as patriots who love America and are willing to work tirelessly to make this country better. They are leaders of this party, and leaders that America will turn to for years to come.


By |2008-06-03T22:33:53-04:00June 3rd, 2008|Election 2008|Comments Off on And that's the change we need

So What Happens This Weekend?

Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama. DNC Rules Committee. Saturday. Let’s get ready to fumble!!!

The Democratic party is on the verge of doing a Leon Lett. Leon Lett was the talented defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys in the early to mid-90’s. In the Super Bowl, Lett picked up a fumble and ran about 60 yards to a sure touchdown. He held the football out in his right hand to begin the celebration. Don Bebe, one of the fastest men in the NFL, came from nowhere and swatted the ball out of Lett’s hand and through the back of the end zone. No touchdown.

The country is sick and tired of President George W. Bush and the Republicans. We, Americans, are ready to vote for almost anyone who doesn’t have an “R” after thier name. A fight on the floor of the Democratic convention will be a deal breaker. I don’t know how we are going to choose a Democratic nominee. I thought we were going to choose by elected delegates but maybe I’m wrong. I have gotten to the point that I really don’t care any more. We have to choose. We can choose someone else, Dennis Kucinich or Mike Gravel. We can do it by flipping a coin or by Ouija board. We just have to choose someone and choose NOW before we end up like Leon Lett, fumbling the ball at the one yard line.

By |2008-05-30T22:37:04-04:00May 30th, 2008|Election 2008|Comments Off on So What Happens This Weekend?
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