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Alvin Greene is no Sarah Palin

I wasn't planning on writing again about Alvin Greene, the Democratic nominee for Senate from South Carolina. But then I watched his interview with Keith Olbermann last night. Not since Sarah Palin have I been so mystified by a candidate for public office.

Like the movie "Showgirls," Greene's chat with Olbermann was so bad it was good. Downright hilarious, actually. Greene looked nice in his green (get it?) tie, but he also looked confused and deeply uncomfortable in his own skin. The shifty eyes and all that scratching. Those tics are the usual safe harbors for folks who know they are on thin ice and pray with every movement that they don't go under. Greene didn't crack. Yet he didn't say much of anything, either.

When Olbermann asked Greene if he had had campaign rallies, he said, "Nothing formal. Just informal rallies. Just informal meetings, rather." When asked if he went door to door, he said, "I just conducted a simple, old-fashioned campaign, you know, all across the state of South Carolina." And yet no one had ever heard of him until Tuesday night, when this latter-day Chauncey Gardner took 60 percent of the vote.

Compare the reticence of Greene to the loquaciousness of Palin. The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee never met a run-on sentence or an odd metaphor she didn't like. Remember her resignation announcement last July? All that talk about full court press, passing the ball and how "only dead fish go with the flow." Talking Points Memo TV has a nifty compilation of "Sarah Palin's Greatest Hits." After watching it, I'll say this. Greene will never hold a candle to Palin. She has a worldview and something to say -- even if a lot of what she says is pablum.

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 11, 2010; 12:43 PM ET
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You're comparing Greene to Palin.OMG. No kidding she has a world view. She sold 2.674 million books and is coming out with a second one. Greene should be compared to Dems Massa or Grayson. He got 60% of the vote. OMG. Dems are in deep, deep, deep trouble.

Posted by: sodakhic | June 11, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

soda, the k in your name should go at the end. Please fix that. Thanks.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 11, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

...Being jealous of Palin the Democrats thought they would put up an idiot of their own.

They both make Caligula's horse seem like one smart Senator.


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Posted by: rcc_2000 | June 11, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Is it any wonder that this yapping little liberal lapdog chooses to compare Palin with Greene? Note Capehart's decision to ignore the pending obscenity beef hanging over Greene's head...a felony. Palin obviously failed to impress the author, but he also failed to do any research on Greene's background. Palin was a mayor and a vice presidential nominee, a successful author and one of the most sought-after social and political speakers in the country. Not everybody's cup of tea(party), but to compare these two in this way only serves to betray the agenda of this little b-otch. Come back when you grow up, girl.

Posted by: ddnfla | June 11, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan:

He's EXACTLY LIKE THE SWAG-HAG....!! Or should we just say she's STILL the same as him....

Dumb, no clue about any issue (native or international), uninformed, no sense of curiosity, non-vetted and badly rehearsed..

Show me the difference?? Maybe because the Swag-Hag supports VooDoo and an offshoot of the KKK??? Not likely...

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | June 11, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

"Not since Sarah Palin have I been so mystified by a candidate for public office"

Thanks for an honest admission of why WaPo has you on its payroll.

Posted by: NoWeCant | June 11, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

He's no Palin ! Thank God one is too much.

Posted by: WESHS49 | June 11, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Only people dumb enough to support palin would be dumb enough to admit it. if you support sarah palin you are one of the dumbest human beings to ever breathe, way dumber than dubya, and he was by far the dumbest person I've ever seen try to speak. Also, I'd call this comparison and contrast, not simply comparison. I'd vote for greene before i'd vote for palin, but then again i'd vote for a tree stump before i'd vote for palin. palin supporters lack functioning brains. they spend their lives watching american idol and the rest of that garbage, then they get updates from fox, sean, rush, etc, and think they're informed and know something. all you have to do is realize this ilk elected bush/cheney twice, and voted for fossil/palin to know they can't forumalte independent, rational thought

Posted by: red2million | June 11, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Is it any wonder that this yapping little liberal lapdog chooses to compare Palin with Greene?

Posted by: ddnfla

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Yes, to most of us they have about the same IQ, although Palin has accomplished much like being Mayor of a town smaller than the average high school, having some oil regulatory job for about a year before she quit, being Governor a couple of years before she quit and sabotaging the GOP Presidential elections of 2008. But Greene is where Palin was only a few short years ago. And it only took him one college to graduate from not 5. But, again, to answer your question the reason the two are compared is because they are perceived by non Tea Party people as two people of below average intelligence that have managed to squeak through some political anomalies. Also, we see anyone that votes for them as equally ignorant..

I hope that clears things up.

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Posted by: rcc_2000 | June 11, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

"Not since Sarah Palin have I been so mystified by a candidate for public office."
Capeheart

Mystified, and obviously stupid.

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 11, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"Palin was a mayor and a vice presidential nominee, a successful author and one of the most sought-after social and political speakers in the country."

And yet, well over half the country thinks she's a moron. Go figure.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 11, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm an independent voter but how can any Republican vote or support a candidate(politician) that will flat out tell you that she is not going to answer questions related to major issues on why democrats and independents should vote for her. How could Jon McCain give this woman ammo to think that she was worthy to be vice president. Everytime she throws ammunition at Obama, someone from her home state discredits the claim she has made and what she has done for the Alaskan people.

With that said, it is scary that someone like Green can be elected to run a town and articles that I've read on his actions make me feel like this man is a crack head.

Posted by: JWADE4 | June 11, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

"Yes, to most of us they have about the same IQ"

Gosh, why can't we all be geniuses like RCcola and koooooolkat?

BTW, I bet you guys do a circle jerk while gazing at The One's picture. 'Fess up!

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 11, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

"... make me feel like this man is a crack head."

After reading your comments about Ms. Palin, I thought you were the crackhead. Go figure.

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 11, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Greene is dumber than a bag of hammers and never openly campaigned. Thus his win is extremely suspicious and an investigation should be made to see if he was a GOP plant in an open primary to assure DeMint remains in office by having GOP voters vote for Greene. What would DeMint have to lose from an investigation unless one would reveal DeMint’s people did manipulate the campaign? There’s an old southern saying that “the guilty dog barks the loudest”.

California now has an open primary as of 2011 and this was the very fear articulated by its opponents: that a party could plant a reverse ringer under the banner of another party. The other concern was that two candidates from the same party could be selected to run against each other. Both major parties opposed the proposition.

It will be very entertaining to see how this all plays out.

Posted by: bfjackjernigan | June 11, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Greene got a check for $10 thousand (and no doubt more) from some mysterious organization or person. Palin, meanwhile, has milked millions and millions from the wingnuts. She will probably end up with an Oprah-style operation. As long as the rednecks have a dollar or two to spare she will be with us.

Posted by: gposner | June 11, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

"The shifty eyes and all that scratching"? Again, there's the common disconnect between the event and the reporting of the event. The man might well be one of the most inappropriate candidates the country has ever seen, but he touched his right ear once and his left cheek twice in about 5 or 6 minutes. That's it. *None* of "that scratching" was on the youtube piece--none. "shifty eyes"? The man was talking to someone who wasn't in his presence. He had to look *somewhere*. Do you even know what "shifty eyes" means? When there's so much that *should* and *could* have been said about this situation, why waste space and people's time and energy writing such dumb, pointless stuff? I guess because it's easier than thinking.

Posted by: jaded3 | June 11, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I like him, he seems to be a very stripped down model of most of the candidates you have to sift through. His platform to bring good paying jobs to South Carolina, improve education, and putting justice back in the judicial system, is the kind of work I want my Senator to be doing. He garnered twice as many votes in his primary as James Clyburn (wish Greene could have ran against him), I plan to vote for A. Greene this November.

Posted by: timharmon | June 11, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

This is the dumbest article I've ever read in the Post, and that's saying a lot. Why in the world would he try to compare this goofy candidate to a governor and former US VP nominee? Twisted.

Posted by: DnMn | June 11, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Greene has every right to run for political office. Dems do him and themselves a great disservice by questioning his abilities at this late stage.

I'm sure that as the clear winner of the Dem primary by overwhelming numbers he will provide the same quality governing abilty the Dem party is currently providing our country. After all, so many Dem voters couldn't all be wrong, could they?

And who says nobody knew Mr. Greene before they voted. President Obama and Al Gore has been touting Greene energy and the Greene revolution forever. It's nice to finally associate a face with the President's many speeches about Mr. Greene. Didn't Mr. Greene make a cameo appearance in the academy award winning movie and double nobel prize sppeched by Mr. Gore and Mr. Obama.

Go Greene. "YES HE CAN"

Posted by: jfv123 | June 11, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Greene, in private, probably has a lot more substance than Palin has. Right now he's a dear caught in the media's headlights, after having won because his name is more appealing and was listed first on the ballot.

I think he might come out of his shell in due time. At least Greene is sure as heck better than DeMint, by any measure.

Greene 2010

Posted by: thekite | June 11, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Capeheart --- Mr. Manbag is too funny. The only reason he's offered another comment on Greene is that it gives him yet another opportunity to carp on Palin.

Jon-Jon --- you can leave Ms. Palin alone now. She's not running for anything.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | June 11, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Greene, in private, probably has a lot more substance than Palin has. Right now he's a deer caught in the media's headlights, after having won because his name is more appealing and was listed first on the ballot.

I think he might come out of his shell in due time. At least Greene is sure as heck better than DeMint, by any measure.

Greene 2010

Posted by: thekite | June 11, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

60% of what? If ten people voted, then 60% isn't so so much. Frankly, the guy looks as if he's taking cues from someone off camera.

No, he's no Sarah Palin. He is obviously not enjoying the limelight as Mrs. Palin does and he doesn't have breast implants either.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 11, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Capeheart --- Mr. Manbag is too funny. The only reason he's offered another comment on Greene is that it gives him yet another opportunity to carp on Palin.

Jon-Jon --- you can leave Ms. Palin alone now. She's not running for anything.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | June 11, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

palin's "accomplishments" that are lauded here by some nincompoops would never be possible without the existence of a huge, massive horde of mindless sheep. She appreciates you being complete and utter morons and the most gullible humans to ever exist. moronatards.

Posted by: red2million | June 11, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't know who is more ignorant. Alvin Greene or Capehart. I think I have to give the nod to Capehart.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | June 11, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capeheart is no Truman Capote.

Posted by: cpameetingbook | June 11, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

This is a ridiculous comparison. Green would look like an absolute idiot in a red leather jacket. Even a really expensive one.

Posted by: daweeni | June 11, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

This is the dumbest article ever, EVER! Comparing that guy to Sarah Palin??? Are you nuts? Sarah Palin had an actual career in politics! She actually conducted ACTUAL campaigns and participated in debates and gave speeches long before John McCain's nomination. You're a spiteful fool!

Posted by: forgetthis | June 11, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I think Capehart just destroyed all of his credibility here (what little there was of it)?

Greene is no Sarah Palin huh? YOU'RE RIGHT ALVIN GREENE HAS A PENDING CRIMINAL CHARGE AGAINST HIM FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT, AND LEWD CONDUCT... NO WONDER HE HAD TICS WHEN HE TALKED TO THE LIBERAL GOD OF OLBERMANN.

NO, I DON'T THINK SARAH PALIN EVER ACCOSTED A NINETEEN YEAR OLD GIRL IN HER DORM...

SO YOU'RE RIGHT, ALVIN GREENE THE DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE FOR THE SENATE, IS NO SARAH PALIN

Posted by: TonyV1 | June 11, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I think Capehart just destroyed all of his credibility here (what little there was of it)?

Greene is no Sarah Palin huh? YOU'RE RIGHT... ALVIN GREENE HAS A PENDING CRIMINAL CHARGE AGAINST HIM FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT, AND LEWD CONDUCT... NO WONDER HE HAD TICS WHEN HE TALKED TO THE LIBERAL GOD OF OLBERMANN.

NO, I DON'T THINK SARAH PALIN EVER ACCOSTED A NINETEEN YEAR OLD GIRL IN HER DORM...

SO YOU'RE RIGHT, ALVIN GREENE THE DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE FOR THE SENATE, IS NO SARAH PALIN

Posted by: TonyV1 | June 11, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a polished fool. Greene is unpolished fool.

Posted by: JWADE4 | June 11, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

This is the dumbest article ever, EVER! Comparing that guy to Sarah Palin??? Are you nuts? Sarah Palin had an actual career in politics! She actually conducted ACTUAL campaigns and participated in debates and gave speeches long before John McCain's nomination. You're a spiteful fool!

Posted by: forgetthis
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Ah, the inevitable defender of Lady Palin's honor.

Main Entry: 1ca·reer
Pronunciation: \kə-ˈrir\
Function: noun
- a profession for which one trains and which is undertaken as a permanent calling

Lady Palin had a JOB, not a career, dearheart. Quitters do not have careers. Except as quitters.

Send her 25$ and she'll give you a blessing, though.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 11, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

But she id definitely more qualified than Green

Posted by: JWADE4 | June 11, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Capehart, your columns reveal more about you than the subjects you write about, and what it shows isn't nice. Frankly, I would rather be in the presence of Greene or Palin any day rather than in yours. Arrogance, viciousness and pettiness are not becoming, but I guess they count as assets for a columnist at the Post. Thoughtful insight and ability to write apparently do not.

Posted by: jpfann | June 11, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I never thought I'd say anything like this but, this guys makes Sarah palin look like a Rhodes scholar... (GULP)...

Posted by: demtse | June 11, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Alvin how can you turn your back on a liberal friend?

Shame on you young man.

I'll bet he's as smart as you by the way.

You rely too much on your hatred for Palin.

Get some talent before writing another article will you.

Posted by: jlbliemeister | June 11, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

But she id definitely more qualified than Green

Posted by: JWADE4

Id she?

Posted by: arancia12 | June 11, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Greene is way more qualified to be president than Barry. Except he may not be able to dupe idiots the way PT Barnum was able to.

Posted by: wcag | June 11, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Huh? Capehart's obsession with Palin is sad.

Here is the deal. Palin is a powerful woman who has been proven to be highly influential in recent elections. Capehart is a partisan ankle-biting parasite who knows that putting Palin's name in a headline will get him some more page views. What a hypocrital little parasite Capehart is.

Posted by: bobmoses | June 11, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

John McCain gave us Palin, that showed me that McCain lacked common sense and good judgment. Then to claim that Palin was qualified to be president convinced me that McCain would say or do "anything to get elected. That's one of the many reasons that I'll never vote for a liar, like John McCain.

Posted by: budsan1 | June 11, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

He sounds just as coherent and intelligent as any other LibDem.

Posted by: BadNews | June 11, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse


You're comparing Greene to Palin.OMG. No kidding she has a world view. She sold 2.674 million books and is coming out with a second one. Greene should be compared to Dems Massa or Grayson. He got 60% of the vote. OMG. Dems are in deep, deep, deep trouble.

Posted by: sodakhic
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Ah, er, she's a quitter. Are you hoping to elect her president so she can serve in 2013, and call it quits in 2014 so she can go on a really big book tour and mouth even bigger inanities?

Posted by: lewfournier1 | June 11, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin is a polished fool. Greene is unpolished fool."
JWADE4

And you are just a fool.

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 11, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Watching the Olbermann interview, you can practically hear Greene's Republican puppetmaster talking in his ear.

Posted by: yikes1 | June 11, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

I've read comments about the "open primary" at various websites. I live in SC. I voted on the Democratic ticket in the primary. While it is true that you do not register by party here, the electronic ballots ARE party-specific. I only saw the Democratic candidates on my screen. There is no way to convince me that large numbers of Republicans (tea partiers, mostly, in this state) would crossover to vote for a joker like this when their own darling (Nikki Haley) was in a serious race. No way. I know that sabotage can and does happen in an open primary, but I don't see how it did in this case.

As far as the twitching...the poor man was standing outside at nighttime with a bright light on him. He was probably getting eaten alive by mosquitoes and other bugs.

Posted by: ravinlunachick | June 11, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

And just for the record, I did NOT vote for Alvin Greene.

Posted by: ravinlunachick | June 11, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Watching that video was painful, you almost have to feel sorry for that guy.

I keep wondering why an unemployed person of limited means would spend $10K of their own money trying to win a race they have almost no shot of winning.

Posted by: JCfromVA | June 11, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Anytime anything of any significance happens, the media seems to salivate in its eagerness to bring up Sarah Palin and bash her. So much has been written about her lack of qualifications to become president. Well, how is the hope and change working out for you. High unemployment, massive debt, a health care plan few want, Gitmo still open. But I guess this is what it means to be qualified for President.

Posted by: Natalia3 | June 11, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

When a writer or journalist has a problem getting an audience to read his or hers articles, one sure way that person can increase their traffic is to pen an article about Sarah Palin - so long as it’s laced with an absurd conclusion. And this article is no exception. As a matter of fact, to quote its author you might even say the article is “pablum”. The metaphors the author cited above from Plain’s resignation announcement was not intended for a national audience – it was intended for Alaskans that quite well understood what she was conveying. Now to a D.C. pencil neck geek journalist like this author who in all likelihood doesn’t have the first clue about what it is to be a rugged Alaskan, I can certainly understand why he would be left “mystified”.

Posted by: jimmyrigsby | June 12, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Mr. Capehart. It's a significant point. America's "know-nothings" are on the rise and have been for some time. They have now risen to high political office. It's strange and scary at the same time.

Posted by: michele3d | June 13, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

The difference between fact and opinion. The fact is 60% of Democrats voted for Greene. What does that say about Democrats? Answer the question, why did 60% of Democrats for for Greene?
It's the same reason Obama was elected. Liberals have lost the ability to think for themselves. They only believe what the elitists tell them to believe. It why Liberals are such terrible debaters. They quickly turn to insults and anger when confronted with facts. It's like all the opinions here about Palin. No facts. Even the Russia statement was not Palin. It was said on SNL.
Liberals are like sheep. Hey liberal, can you say baaaahhh?

Posted by: Steve863 | June 13, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

So the writer of this article unfairly refers to Sarah Palin in one line and BAM, the comments are pretty much about how incompetent Palin is.

This Alvin Green character sounds ridiculous. He's nothing compared to a former counsel woman, mayor, chair of oil and gas commission, a Governor and VP candidate. It's quite alright because many of those who refuse to know who she really is also voted for the most incompetent president in American history.


Posted by: Michigan1985 | June 13, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

"Michigan1985": "a former counsel woman,"

LOL can you explain what that means?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 14, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

"The difference between fact and opinion. The fact is 60% of Democrats voted for Greene. What does that say about Democrats? Answer the question, why did 60% of Democrats for for Greene?
It's the same reason Obama was elected. Liberals have lost the ability to think for themselves. They only believe what the elitists tell them to believe. It why Liberals are such terrible debaters. They quickly turn to insults and anger when confronted with facts. It's like all the opinions here about Palin. No facts. Even the Russia statement was not Palin. It was said on SNL.
Liberals are like sheep. Hey liberal, can you say baaaahhh?

Posted by: Steve863 | June 13, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse"

So much in that post but I'll just focus on one point.

So, Steve, liberals are "terrible debaters," as opposed to oh, Sarah Palin, whose debating style is "I'm not going to answer the questions; I'm going to spew my canned sound bites"? That's your idea of a good debater?

Unfortunately, we'll never get the comedy gold mine of another Sarah Palin debate, because she will never run for public office again in her lifetime.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 14, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

koolkat_1960

Oops...Councilwoman. There you go, happy?

So you think: "because she will never run for public office again in her lifetime"

Why are you so sure? Mr. Tingles Matthews even disagrees with you. Besides, she doesn't need to run for office to make a difference. All she has to do these days is type up a facebook post or just send out a tweet to get our president to react. Lately, he's either been responding or doing what she suggests (i.e meeting with the CEO of BP).

Posted by: Michigan1985 | June 14, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Capehart is incapable of writing a post without mentioning Palin. Buddy, I think we all know what you dream about at night.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | June 15, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

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