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South Carolina needs help

I'm really beginning to think that Kathleen Parker is the last best thing to come out of South Carolina. We've seen the ugliness that enveloped Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley. The boisterousness of Rep. Joe "You Lie!" Wilson (R). And the literal wanderlust of Gov. Mark Sanford (R).

Now, from literally out of nowhere, comes Alvin M. Greene, the Democratic nominee for Senate. He barely campaigned. Aside from his campaign filing fee, Greene spent next to nothing. He was slapped with a felony obscenity charge from last November for allegedly showing porn on his computer to a fellow college student and then asking to go back to her room. Greene, who grabbed 60 percent of the vote, is so unlikely a candidate that House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) thinks he's a stooge for the GOP. The state's Democratic Party chair is urging Greene to withdraw from the race. He refuses.

I'm the Democratic Party nominee...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.

The people of South Carolina have spoken all right -- and it's gibberish.

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 11, 2010; 7:01 AM ET
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This episode has generated media attention to the pathologies of South Carolina politics, possible Republican party dirty tricks, Democratic party leadership issues, and so forth. When will someone focus on the real question: What kind of electorate votes in the majority for a candidate they know nothing about in a U.S. Senate primary? Mr. Capehart? Democracy is better than all the alternatives to be sure, but what if the people sink to voting for poorly educated, unemployed miscreants? Mr. Capehart?

Posted by: Roytex | June 11, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Lets see...

The Sarah Palin-backed now popular conservative Nikki Haley is the likely next Governor of S.C. while the S.C. Democrats nominated a crazy criminal ? and Capehart blames ALL South Carolinian's ?

Capehart.. BLAME your crazy liberal friends in S.C.

Posted by: pvilso24 | June 11, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

How did Greene get the majority of the votes, if voters know nothing about him?

Why wasn't Sanford impeached? Is it really that the Lt. Governor was a demonstrably worse alternative? Then why did he win the election?

Is Nikki Haley really not an adulteress? Her statement that she would withdraw from the race if anyone proved that she is, implies that she is an adulteress, but thinks she covered up her tracks well enough to get away with it.

Are S. Carolinians really conservative and adherents of 'family values' to the extent they claim?

Better yet, can we ask/force S.Carolina to secede again?

Posted by: AMviennaVA | June 11, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone considered that 60% voted against Vic Rawl? As a four-term state legislator, he should have been a known quantity. This could merely be a vote for "anyone but Vic".

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | June 11, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

So now we know that some folks in SC don't want anybody other than a white man in the Senate. Is this news?

Posted by: coler2 | June 11, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Since South Carolina has open primaries and since Jim DeMint wasn't in any danger of losing his primary, I wonder how many Republicans voted for Mr. Greene?

There's definitely something not right with this. Given South Carolina's history of dirty tricks, it's not hard to believe they'd pull something like this.

Posted by: FauxReal | June 11, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Amazing times we live in. Simply unbelievable.

Posted by: pgould1 | June 11, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

"Now, from literally out of nowhere,"

Literally?

Posted by: Nobody10 | June 11, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Felony obscenity charges for showing someone online porn? Would this have happened to white guy in SC?

Posted by: Ralphinjersey | June 11, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Whatever. The Democrats weren't going to beat DeMint anyway. If they'd have nominated someone that was going to try, that person would just waste a bunch of money and time.

At least with this guy it'll be more entertaining before DeMint wins.

Posted by: Gover | June 11, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I think it's very cool that S. Carolina is electing a hot babe governor who might sleep with me. More states should do this!

Posted by: roblimo | June 11, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

The whole thing is wacked. It's not like the national Dems were going to spend any money on this race if Vic Rawl was the nominee.

So now DuhMint will win 70-30 instead of 60-40. But some SC rednecks now get to make fun of this poor black sap.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 11, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Capehart: ".The people have spoken. The people of South Carolina have spoken. The people of South Carolina have spoken."

No, Capehart, the idiotic DEMOCRAT voters of SC have voted.

Posted by: groovercg | June 12, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Actually, De Mint was quite vulnerable, according to a New Conservative poll a month before the primary. It gave De Mint 50%, Rawl 43% and Greene 7%. And there was a precedent for planting a candidate. The Republicans were charged, investigated and convicted of this in 1990.

Posted by: michele3d | June 12, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

In some districts, Greene got more votes than voters. Go figure.

Posted by: michele3d | June 12, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Michele says, "In some districts, Greene got more votes than voters. Go figure."

Where? What districts? The Rawl campaign had to withdraw a charge against Spartanburg County last night. They had to admit that their information about total votes exceeding voters was wrong. You people really need to get your facts straight before you post.

Posted by: groovercg | June 12, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Michele says, "Actually, De Mint was quite vulnerable, according to a New Conservative poll a month before the primary. It gave De Mint 50%, Rawl 43% and Greene 7%. And there was a precedent for planting a candidate. The Republicans were charged, investigated and convicted of this in 1990."

You are dreaming. DeMint was never in trouble. Who are these Republicans who were tried and convicted of planting a candidate. In the first place, it is not illegal to get someone to run in an opposing party. Where do you come up with this stuff?

Posted by: groovercg | June 12, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Two quick comments about this Big story.

1. What did Bill Clinton show Monica and when did he show it? Surely a college student is wise to the world and nothing can be more obscene than Bill's Will He!

2. Alvin Greene getting 60% of the Vote might speak to the literacy rate in SC... Maybe they can't read and just selected the first name on the list???

Posted by: LN-TBSpeaksTheTruth | June 14, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: LN-TBSpeaksTheTruth "2. Alvin Greene getting 60% of the Vote might speak to the literacy rate in SC... Maybe they can't read and just selected the first name on the list???"

It speaks to the illiteracy of democrat voters, not the population in general. I'm from SC, and I read very well. Of course, I'm smart enough not to vote for most democrats.

Posted by: groovercg | June 14, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

groovercg, were you paying attention or are you just not as widely read as you think? Capehart didn't say "The people have spoken. The people of South Carolina have spoken." That is a quote from Alvin Greene, and is correctly displayed as such in Capehart's post (note the indentation to separate this from the text of the blog and the use of first person). You're making SC look worse and fueling the 'illiterate' stereotype that many of the posters here have referenced. All of your intelligent points went out the window with that bit of stupidity.

Don't defend MY state by displaying further ignorance.

And for the record, I'm not a Democrat and did not vote in the Democratic Primary this year.

Posted by: athenaredmond | June 14, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Good grief! What a twit! I suppose you did read the last sentence of the blog. I didn't say, "Capehart wrote." I was referring back to the blog. Get a grip and grow up. Why are you such a nasty person? Why don't you deal with the facts in my posts instead of being a pedantic dolt.

Posted by: groovercg | June 14, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

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