South Carolina Democrats Ensure Jim DeMint’s Reelection?

Have you heard of Alvin Greene? He is the current Democratic challenger to incumbent U.S. Senator Jim DeMint. What’s shocking is that Alvin Greene got 59% of the vote in a primary where he had no signs and no advertisements. He raised very little money. Greene defeated Vic Rawl, a former state lawmaker who was virtually assured to challenge DeMint.

That was, until Monday.  Democratic leaders are considering appealing to the state Supreme Court to claim that electronic machines could be to blame. Even the top U.S. Congressman from South Carolina (Democrat Jim Clyburn) is calling on state and federal investigators to learn how he raised the $10,440 to file to run. Clyburn and others claim that someone put up the money to put Greene as a Democrat to embarrass the party.

The State Election Commission for South Carolina should double check the accuracy of the voting machines. If cleared, this would put to someone that I (as an outsider looking at this situation) see as a bitter, sore loser.

Greene, not an insider of the Democrats, has at least initially won the Democratic nomination to challenge Jim DeMint. The Election Commission should work to assure voters that they were working properly. If the electronic machines weren’t working properly, this could undermine electronic voting nationwide, moving us back a decade to “hanging chads.”

The Democrats shouldn’t be questioning an outsider that has won to the extent they are. By digging up Greene’s past and current problems now, Democrats are doing op-research for the Republicans for free. They should be making friends with him, giving him the training and assistance he needs if defeating Jim DeMint is their goal. In the end, if the machines are cleared and Greene is declared the winner, this could bode badly for “insider” Democrats.

It may also mean an easy reelection for Senator Jim DeMint in a bad year for Democrats and the fact Democrats are pushing against a member of their own party. Time will tell. Maybe the machines did mess up, but if they worked properly, Greene will likely get run over in the South Carolina general election.

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10 Responses to South Carolina Democrats Ensure Jim DeMint’s Reelection?

  1. Alvin Green can’t be trained into a functional candidate for the US Senate. A group of Low-country Democrats visited him over the weekend to see what was what. Unfortunately, even when they stayed away from the issues he had previously refused to discuss with the media, he couldn’t really answer policy questions or even understand how they were connected. He changed his opinions several times in an hour on major issues, such as the value of unions, then when that was pointed out, got confused.

    He seems like a nice person, but he can’t be made into a functional candidate for the US Senate. He clearly has problems we don’t know about related to his mental status, which apparently deteriorated for some reason in the past, after he got a bachelor’s degree and before he was given an early discharge by the army in circumstances he has refused to disclose.

    Every possible cause and outcome of this is bad for the Democratic Party. Tomorrow’s hearing may produce some new information.

  2. NickAtNight says:

    >>> He changed his opinions several times in an hour on major issues <<<

    And how is this different from any other democrat candidate?

    Is he not flip flopping fast enough for you?

  3. NickAtNight says:

    >>> Alvin Green can’t be trained into a functional candidate for the US Senate. <<<

    Really?

    Just what is it exactly that you view is required to be a 'functional' candidate?

    He has passed the only test that is required – he qualified for and won his parties primary.

  4. NickAtNight says:

    >>> he couldn’t really answer policy questions or even understand how they were connected. <<<

    Since when has a politician ever answered a policy question. Usually they do that sideways crab walk of an answer.

  5. NickAtNight says:

    >>> he couldn’t really answer policy questions or even understand how they were connected. <<<

    Oh, NOW you worry about mental status.

    Why could you not have worried about that in the past.

    Can we get a redo on Boxer? on Reid? on Sheets Byrd? on Kerry? and many of the others…

    Include some past ones like Clinton and Gore while you are at it.

  6. NickAtNight says:

    >>> That was, until Monday. Democratic leaders are considering appealing to the state Supreme Court to claim that electronic machines could be to blame. <<<

    You mean those new, fancy, expensive voting machines that the legislature just selected and bought…

    There are a lot of SC elections that need to be overturned if the machines can err by 69% vote margins.

  7. NickAtNight says:

    >>> Clyburn and others claim that someone put up the money to put Greene as a Democrat to embarrass the party. <<<

    Oh my. If you didn't want to be embarrassed, then they should not have VOTED for him.

    • Douglas says:

      Nick at Night.

      It sounds like you are fired up about this issue. That is good; we like good discussions here. However, there are a couple of things that should be pointed out:

      1. There is no need to engage in spam-like activities. Everything that you needed to say could have been put into one post. Remember that for next time.
      2. We try to be respectful of one another, regardless of the political persuasion. If you disagree strongly with something, there is a better way to do it than to accuse sitting U.S. Senators and former U.S. Presidents of being mentally handicapped.

      I hope that you remain a regular visitor to our blog, and that we can continue a measure of respectful dialogue with one another. We are always learning from one another, and all views are welcome.

      Thank you and good day.

  8. Paul says:

    Win lose or draw I can’t see as how he could possibly be less aware of what is happening in the world than the congressman who was concerned that guam was going to capsize. The well qualified men of both parties have spent this nation into a stupor where our children will either live in debt slavery or undergo a revolution to balance the books their parents left them. As a rhetorical question I’ll ask if you felt pride when the american tanks rolled through red square when we defeated the Soviet Union? Your answer should be no. We didn’t defeat the Soviet Union, they ceased to be a political entity when they went bankrupt. Such a fate may be our own.

  9. Colin says:

    Is it fair to say that this is the true definition of a “regular” American citizen who is not politically connected trying to represent his country in a time when he believes that the current system is flawed? This is exactly what the American people have openly desired, isn’t it?
    Based on the current negative media blitz focused on Mr. Greene, it can be presumed that this may be exactly what the public does not want. This was just a primary, though and we all know how little the average person cares about a midterm primary. The general election will truly tell us if the “regular” citizen is who the people really want running their government. The results will be quite telling.

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