South Carolina’s Going Greene

If someone meets the U.S. Senate candidate requirements (at least 30 years of age, a U.S. citizen for nine or more years, and having residency in the state where campaigning) are they equipped to run for election? South Carolina seems to think so.

Alvin Greene, a 32 year-old unemployed veteran, won 60% of votes at the Democratic primary.  His inexperience in politics and minimal campaigning strategy gave rise to many questions and conspiracy theories. Given Greene’s simplistic interviewing responses, the question of why he won is still unanswered.  Did Greene win because his name was first on the ballot?  Was he planted by the Republican party? How does an unemployed man, living with his father after being discharged from the Air Force fund a $10,440 filing fee with little to no fund-raising?  What are the details to his felony obscenity charge from his arrest last year? Keith Olbermann addresses these questions in an interview on MSNBC:

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  • http://disinfo.com ralph

    Still not sure what's up with this … is it a perfect blend of voter stupidity with Karl Rove-type dirty tricks?

  • http://twitter.com/TylerBass Tyler Bass

    I called him at home. He gave an unrealistic answer to the notion of a united Korea, where he was stationed. He suggested that it could be reunited in “five years.” I think he's earnest, but overall very disinterested. I strongly doubt he is a plant.

    He showed porn to an 18-year-old girl. Forgive my lack of outrage about that.

    • Hmm…

      I don't know why he did it, but I'm not upset about it either. He was probably drunk or something, or it was a prank.

      • http://www.thecarnivalnoir.com Haystack

        Apparently it costs $10,000 to get your name on the ballot. I think he must be outright insane.

  • Hmm…

    I think we need more unemployed veterans running for office.

    Preferably people that are a bit better spoken though.

    • http://www.thecarnivalnoir.com Haystack

      I think it would be funny if he went on to win the seat.

      Honestly, I'd vote for him for no other reason that he'd caucus with the Democrats…but mainly, because it would be funny.

  • http://www.thecarnivalnoir.com Haystack

    I think it would be funny if he went on to win the seat.

    Honestly, I’d vote for him for no other reason that he’d caucus with the Democrats…but mainly, because it would be funny.

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