Ron Hart: South Carolina goes Greene
A telling story is unfolding in the Democrat Senate primary in South Carolina. This one might take the cake, even in a state affectionately known as "The Jerry Springer Show" of politics.
Half-wit Alvin Greene, who ran for the Democratic Senate nomination to challenge sitting (which is about all they do) Sen. Jim "Never Needs Scope" DeMint, R-SC, won in a landslide.
This is the most embarrassing thing to happen in Palmetto State politics in, well, weeks. Clearly, South Carolina voters do not pay much attention to politics. Politicians know that as long as they do not tinker with the state's age of consent laws, residents do not get up-in-arms.
Greene is a semi-literate, unemployed, questionably discharged military man who lives in his parents' basement. He never campaigned, never gave speeches, and had neither a campaign website nor even yard signs. Sounds like Senatorial timber to me!
He was thrown out of the military in what he calls an "involuntary" discharge. If our political leaders are known for anything, it is their involuntary discharges.
If you have not seen Alvin on TV, just imagine Forrest Gump's buddy, Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue, for whom Forrest named his shrimp company after Bubba recited all the culinary variations of shrimp.
Alvin showed early senatorial ambitions when he incurred a felony charge by showing porn on his cell phone to a college girl. That may be a felony in South Carolina, but it's also the primary reason the i-Phone is selling so well in the rest of the country.
We all remember when Republican Gov. Mark Sanford got in trouble for his affair with a hot Argentine news reporter and made that speech where he admitted to the dalliance. Who can forget the awkward conclusion of his press conference when he waited, hand in the air, for some guy to give him a high-five?
It wasn't so much that Sanford had a girlfriend. This outsourcing-weary, unionized textile state was upset that its governor was sending even mistressing jobs overseas.
Just to show that S.C. is not sexist about extra-marital rumors, the GOP's current gubernatorial frontrunner, Nikki Haley, has been accused of hanky-panky. Clearly, South Carolina politicians enjoy polling. They even have that "you lie" guy in Congress.
Having South Carolina as the current "pull my finger" state of political shame helps other states deflect attention away from their own foibles. Illinois is grateful.
There have been so many scandals involving politicians that you know we are in trouble when Jesse "The Body" Ventura and Dennis Kucinich are considered our most stable elected officials.
The nomination by his party of Manning, S.C.'s finest, Alvin Greene, is embarrassing to Democrats, and they reacted as they have been conditioned to do. They blamed Republicans. This Manning-churian candidate, the Dems say, was funded by the GOP. As of this writing, no theories have emerged to explain why 60 percent of his state's Democrats voted for him.
As the third-highest ranking Democrat in Congress and the "go to" guy for screaming racism, Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., was well positioned to point the Obama finger on this one. As we all know, it would be unthinkable for the Democrats to run an unaccomplished young black candidate with scant credentials, shady funding, nefarious friends from a corrupt state and an almost non-existent voting record, for high office. If Alvin Greene is actually elected, can a Nobel Peace Prize be far behind?
Liberal lapdog Chris "Chill Up My Leg" Matthews opined that this "has the looks of a dirty trick, sort of a Watergate number." For all you kids out there too young to remember, the Watergate scandal involved the Nixon White House clandestinely funding the campaign entry fee for a Forrest Gump-like, African-American man (although I do not think that term was used back then), with pending porn charges, to run for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate.
Alvin Greene defeated Democratic Party-backed Vic Rawl, a former judge and state legislator. I would like to think we are seeing an anti-incumbent sentiment fueled by the Tea Party movement, but demographic examination of the Democratic voters in South Carolina points to another reason. It does not worry me that these idiot, wanna-be politicians run for office. What should bother us all is that we elect them. Maybe we really do get the government we deserve.