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:
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.