Alvin Greene, the unemployed accused felon with no experience in
politics, surprised everyone
when he won
South Carolina's Democratic nomination to run for the Senate against
Republican Jim DeMint. (DeMint currently leads 58 to 21 percent
Greene's win was so unusual that he has been met with conspiracy
theories and allegations of foul play, even from within his party. Did
he win the nomination fair and square, or was there something else going
Greene's Primary Opponent Files Complaint The former judge and
Democratic politician Vic Rawl isn't happy. Leading South Carolina newspaper
The State reports, "The executive committee of the S.C. Democratic Party
will meet Thursday to consider a protest Vic Rawl filed Monday after
his surprise thrashing ... The executive committee could
order a taxpayer-funded new primary, agree
with the S.C. Election Commission’s certification of the results or
find that voting or vote-counting problems were so significant that Rawl
should be declared the winner."
- Republican Plant? Citing the $10,400 filing fee, which
Greene seemed to find despite having no job, The Guardian's Michael Tomasky wonders,
is afoot that Greene's candidacy was a GOP plant. Apparently
there's historical precedent." Tomasky cites past such incidents. "And
remember, this is the home state of Lee Atwater and the state where
rumors that he'd fathered a black child helped do in John McCain."
Dems Allege Plant, Call For Investigation The Washington Post's Garance Franke-Ruta
reports, "House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) articulated the
suspicion of many South Carolina Democrats this morning by suggesting
that the state's Democratic U.S. Senate primary victor Alvin Greene was a
'plant.' ... Clyburn also said the U.S. attorney's office in South
Carolina should investigate Greene's win."
- ...This Is Not The
GOP's Fault The Daily Show's Jon Stewart dismisses the
Democratic excuse-making. He jokes, "This is the political equivalent of
running yourself a warm bath, falling asleep next to it with your hand
in the tub, wetting yourself, and then blaming the Republicans."
Name Swayed Indifferent Voters Stewart cites a South Carolina
politician who suggests that Greene won because his name was first on
the ballot. Conservative blogger Allahpundit shares the
theory that voters, ignorant to the two candidates and indifferent
to who won, picked Greene for trivial reasons. One surveyed SC voter
says it's because the name reminded her of singer Al Green. "It’s as
good a theory as any other. ... is Al Green so well known to the public
that it’s remotely plausible Alvin Greene could have gotten 59 percent
on the strength of his name recognition?"
- There Is No Simple
Explanation for Greene's Win The Washington Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia pens
a magazine-length article where he explores, and then knocks down,
every single theory for Greene's victory. Roig-Franzia is equally
dismissive of theories alleging foul play as he is of those citing legal
reasons for Greene's win. He concludes that there really is, at
this point, no simple answer.
- This Stuff Does Happen The Washington Post's David Weigel sighs, "the
best explanation for Greene's win remains the easy one --
Democrats who didn't care about the race marked the first and
(marginally) more familiar name on the ballot.
How often does this happen? It happened one
month ago in Indiana."
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