Another trainwreck: Olbermann interviews “America’s candidate”

posted at 9:50 pm on June 10, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via the Right Scoop, this isn’t news so much as it is performance art. Everyone will have a different favorite moment but mine comes at around 3:55 when Olby asks if he thinks he’ll have to address the obscenity charge against him at some point during the campaign and Greene hits him with the mother of awkward one-word answers. Plain-spoken, unassuming — why, he reminds me of Jefferson Smith. Or rather, he would, if not for that whole “forcing pornography on a stranger” business.

To answer Olby’s question about whether Greene’s a GOP plant, the more I think about it, the more implausible it seems. If you were a Republican strategist desperate to clear a path to victory for your party’s nominee, why would you bother with shenanigans in a state like South Carolina, where DeMint’s a mortal lock to be re-elected? And if you’re going to go to the trouble of choosing a plant and risking all the bad publicity and possible criminal repercussions that come with that, wouldn’t you plant someone who’s a tad more compelling? The goal would be to lose the general election to DeMint but to win the primary, and to do that most strategists would assume they needed a plant with some minimal degree of competence. As it turns out, they would have been dead wrong — but not until the votes were tallied could anyone have known that.

Plus, like DrewM says, this is the South Carolina GOP we’re talking about. At this point, does anyone think that crew could pull this off? Exit quotation from WaPo’s new profile of the candidate: “I mean, I mean, 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.”


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MadisonConservative on June 11, 2010 at 9:30 AM

I can see her side however. Her daughter has some guy make advances towards her and she files a complaint.

Not only is this guy not in jail or being punished he gets elected to run for US Senate.

I think if I was in that situation Id serious question how this happened.

William Amos on June 11, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Wild-ass conjecture of the day: I think this guy is a Democratic plant as part of an Axelrodian plot to accuse DeMint of being racist and/or mean to the mentally disabled — or something.

bitsy on June 11, 2010 at 9:37 AM

I don’t know what the fuss is all about. He seems like the average Democratic nominee to me.

LeeSeneca on June 11, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Laura Ingraham and Byron York are going to talk about Mr. Green on her show right now.

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Im starting to feel bad for this guy. Hes obviously in way over his head and the media is doing nothing but make fun of him

offroadaz on June 11, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Okay first and foremost.. I’ll admit this whole story was a chuckle to start with.. in fact, I found it downright hilarious. Yes, there was the military issue and the felony charge…

But I am really starting to feel sorry for this guy, as words noted. Look, he only had to come up with the $10K to get on the ballot, right? He could have gone to friends/family/outside buddy to do it, just as a joke, not expecting to get himself elected.

If that’s the case, it says more against Democratic party and the Democratic voters in SC than anything, not against Mr. Green. They either don’t pay enough attention about their candidates in SC or they voted simply to go against the “establishment” Democrat.

DaSaintFan on June 11, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Seriously who put up the $10,400 for this guy? Frank Reynolds?

Mike Honcho on June 11, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Ogerman must have nearly had a mental breakdown after this interview. Simply because Mr. Green would not give Ogerman an opportunity to lay into him.

MSGTAS on June 11, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Never mind, they didn’t talk about Mr. Greene after all.

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Are there any other questions you would be asking?

blink on June 11, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Parties vet their candidates. And other candidates do opposition research. The media took just a ouple of hours to dig up stuff on Alvin.

A lot of people dropped the ball here. But it really does show how stupidly parties recruit people for office.

William Amos on June 11, 2010 at 9:52 AM

[Mike Honcho on June 11, 2010 at 9:45 AM]

I think he’s being honest here and he put the money up himself. But if he didn’t have the money, or all of it, I’m pretty certain he got it from his dad.

It seems to me this is turning out to be a very unique and complex set of circumstances and it’s fascinating to say the least.

Dusty on June 11, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Can’t help but notice that for all of Greene’s palpable discomfort in front of a camera, he emits far fewer inanities per unit time than Olbermann does.

Chuckles3 on June 11, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Man I think South Carolina got jealous of Alabama and wanted to show they can be just as wild as the Alabamans

William Amos on June 11, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Motherf**ker. That TV station had the goddamned gall to call her video “terrorist-like” because she was holding a rifle that is owned by hundreds of thousands of Americans. If it had been a Winchester 30-06, would they have said that?

MadisonConservative on June 11, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Look, he only had to come up with the $10K to get on the ballot, right? He could have gone to friends/family/outside buddy to do it, just as a joke, not expecting to get himself elected.

DaSaintFan on June 11, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Except not reporting the source of the money is illegal.

That said, it is wrong to charge $10k to get on the ballot. That is a poll tax!

But officially, Alvin Greene is the duly elected representative of the Democrat party in SC. The people have spoken.

barnone on June 11, 2010 at 10:12 AM

MadisonConservative on June 11, 2010 at 10:08 AM

I agree that was really biased journalism there.

William Amos on June 11, 2010 at 10:16 AM

The only thing this guy has going for him is all of this bad publicity. It will get worse for him because he’s a nobody.

AdrianS on June 11, 2010 at 10:16 AM

If that’s the case, it says more against Democratic party and the Democratic voters in SC than anything, not against Mr. Green.

It’s always said more against the SC voters than about Mr. Greene.

YYZ on June 11, 2010 at 10:22 AM

If DeMint was widely regarded as certain to win, it seems capable Democrats must have been discouraged about running. With no capable opponent, this man could become the candidate merely by being on the ballot. If better men don’t assume the offices, it seems worse men will.

Kralizec on June 11, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Man I think South Carolina got jealous of Alabama and wanted to show they can be just as wild as the Alabamans

William Amos on June 11, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Oh, wow. That’s many different kinds of awesome there.

Motherf**ker. That TV station had the goddamned gall to call her video “terrorist-like” because she was holding a rifle that is owned by hundreds of thousands of Americans. If it had been a Winchester 30-06, would they have said that?

MadisonConservative on June 11, 2010 at 10:08 AM

I’ll one-up you on that one, and ask what they’d have done if it had been a Henry .44. Cowboy rifles add to the zing!

KinleyArdal on June 11, 2010 at 10:24 AM

The sad part of this interview is that Greene makes olby look normal.

Yitzchokm on June 11, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Did anybody notice that his webpage links directly to a north korean propoganda web page???

And this guy was air force intelligence in korea???

sonofdy on June 11, 2010 at 10:26 AM

It took this guy like a week to answer the questions! Was he coming in live via satellite from Kandahar?

Seriously, that interview was more painful to watch than Bobby Jindal’s 2009 GOP response speech. Watch how relieved Greene is when he realizes that the interview is over. I bet Keef was even more relieved that Alvin.

Greek Fire on June 11, 2010 at 10:31 AM

That said, it is wrong to charge $10k to get on the ballot. That is a poll tax!
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Actually they get around that issue by referring to them as “filing fees”, as I’ve learned in recent weeks. Do I agree with it? Nope… Heck, the people spoke, Mr. Greene is their candidate (unless they convince him to drop out, or if they try to force him out.. but that will get even uglier for Democrats if they try that.. can you imagine the backlash of that, especially among black voters?

The Democrats are against the rights of blacks to run for office! It’s a catch-22 if they tryu to force him off the ballot.

The poll tax is the ‘tax to actually vote’.

DaSaintFan on June 11, 2010 at 10:32 AM

My opinion of Mr. Greene has changed after watching this interview. Except for the obscenity charges, I feel sorry for him. He is in so far over his head. He is very uncomfortable and doesn’t come across as very educated. Making fun of him seems to be in very bad taste.

Hopeless Future on June 11, 2010 at 10:41 AM

I was always of the opinion that the parties were very aware of all candidates from the top down, but especially someone running for a senate seat. It is unbelievable that this could just slip by under the wire. Clyburn cannot be unaware of this man – no way.

silvernana on June 11, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Here’s an example of liberal thinking: “This guy was a plant by the GOP.” So why not say: “This guy is a Democrat plant to be falsely exposed as a GOP plant, to embarress the GOP.” Democrats are the sleazy ones, so why not?

afotia on June 11, 2010 at 11:15 AM

My opinion of Mr. Greene has changed after watching this interview. Except for the obscenity charges, I feel sorry for him. He is in so far over his head. He is very uncomfortable and doesn’t come across as very educated. Making fun of him seems to be in very bad taste.

Hopeless Future on June 11, 2010 at 10:41 AM

WOW, simply wow!! We need people to lead us out of this “fundamental social change” that are strong in character, moral, intelligent, articulate, common sense filled educated, constitution minded with a background of knowledge of the history of our country. This is NOT the picture of that. He needs to go away and making fun of him is not only in bad taste but low in integrity and character.

whatzit2u on June 11, 2010 at 11:18 AM

This is the greatest thing going in the 2010 elections so far. He’d have my vote, if only for the fact its annoying so many people. This is genius beyond genius.

Vincenzo on June 11, 2010 at 11:20 AM

What’s the problem? Just let Axelrod offer this guy a job as a community organizer.

jpmn on June 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM

New Poll !

Do you think Alvin Greene is a plant ?
Yes 49% (25 votes)
No 51% (26 votes)

William Amos on June 11, 2010 at 12:02 PM

What is even sadder is that SC Republicans have to go back to the polls next week to put Nikki Haley over 50%.

pedestrian on June 11, 2010 at 12:06 PM

The comment at the poll linked by William Amos is great

Isn’t it possible that people voted for the black candidate because of his race even though they didn’t know what he stood for? It happened during the presidential election didn’t it?

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2010 at 12:06 PM

No conspiracy needed Msr. Olberman. It’s easy to see how he won — the Dems in South Carlina must have been angry at the people on the ballot whom they recognized, didn’t know this guy and voted for him thinking, “Don’t know him, but he can’t be any worse than those other !%$&!@* on the ballot.”

EasyEight on June 11, 2010 at 12:19 PM

And yet, I’d bet money that this guy could take Boxer, Pelosi, and Durbin in a game of Scrabble.

Sugar Land on June 10, 2010 at 10:28 PM

LOL!! No doubt he could take them playing Hokey Pokey…

txmomof6 on June 11, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Isn’t it possible that people voted for the black candidate because of his race even though they didn’t know what he stood for? It happened during the presidential election didn’t it?

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2010 at 12:06 PM

All the talk about a plant is a distraction from the plainly obvious fact that the most profoundly unqualified candidate we have ever seen can win against an experienced and talented person, who probably has the same positions as Greene if Greene actually had positions, just because of the color of his skin.

pedestrian on June 11, 2010 at 12:27 PM

William Amos on June 11, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Okay, but by who? And shouldn’t someone be looking into the lawyer that the article said was feeding him off screen answers. I wonder what Mr. Greene really thinks about all of this? Can you imagine what Washington would do to this man?

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2010 at 12:36 PM

One thing has come from this, and I am sure someone else has mentioned it, at least S.C. crazy politics isn’t limited to the Republicans.

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Can you imagine what Washington would do to this man?

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Get him to run for President ?

William Amos on June 11, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Get him to run for President ?

William Amos on June 11, 2010 at 12:39 PM

He has about the same experience as Obama and is certainly more honest.

SC.Charlie on June 11, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Olberdouche is OUTRAGED this racist black man is hurting the Democratic Party to which Olby is not biased towards in the least!

Speedwagon82 on June 11, 2010 at 12:42 PM

I like this guy more than the rest of the democrat candidates nationwide.

Skipper50 on June 11, 2010 at 12:44 PM

William Amos on June 11, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Yikes!

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Aw, he got himself a little flag lapel pin.

Akzed on June 11, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Aw, he got himself a little flag lapel pin.

Akzed on June 11, 2010 at 12:54 PM

There was one left over from a Barack Obama rally

William Amos on June 11, 2010 at 1:00 PM

I’m seriously considering moving to South Carolina. I think I could be King there. SlaveDog on June 10, 2010 at 10:03 PM

“In the Country of the Blind,” by H.G. Wells. The DuPont Show of the Week presentation, “The Richest Man in Bogata” was based on Wells’s story.

“The the country of the blind a one-eyed man would be king.”

Akzed on June 11, 2010 at 1:01 PM

He’s not a plant. Its Operation Chaos!

Iblis on June 11, 2010 at 1:10 PM

There was one left over from a Barack Obama rally

William Amos on June 11, 2010 at 1:00 PM

heh

cmsinaz on June 11, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Can’t help but notice that for all of Greene’s palpable discomfort in front of a camera, he emits far fewer inanities per unit time than Olbermann does.

Chuckles3 on June 11, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Got a chuckle out of your analytical observation.

Gang-of-One on June 11, 2010 at 1:22 PM

HA HA HAAAAA!!!! The perfect antidote to the idiot Obama-voter. Skin color only, please …. HILARIOUS!!

warriorlawyer on June 11, 2010 at 2:10 PM

A vote against Alvin Green is a racist vote.

dczombie on June 11, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Overall I like him but he appears a bit ignorant and naive. His involvment with the felony charge shows a lack of good judgment. Mix those characteristics and the influence of corrupt peers and he could become just like any other career politician. But I hope and will pray against such conditions for this youngman that God will see him through.

shick on June 11, 2010 at 3:19 PM

bitsy on June 11, 2010 at 9:37 AM
Not “wild” at all.

It would give the Dems a “victim” card to play.

For every seat they lose in November, “this” Mr. Greene will be mention, like “Remember Greene?”

DSchoen on June 11, 2010 at 4:04 PM

If Greene is a plant I would have a LOT more respect for the RNC. That was brilliant performance art. I defy any actor to beat that performance.

Mojave Mark on June 11, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Reminds me of the interview with the woman that got locked on the plane overnight. When is she going to run for office?

agmartin on June 11, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Funny as hell to see the Democrats claim this guy is a GOP “plant”.

If Jesus Christ ran on the Democratic ticket in SC – DeMint would beat him. The GOP doesn’t need to mess around with this race to win it.

This guy is your straight run of the mill Democratic politician. In fact – he may be above average in that regard.

HondaV65 on June 11, 2010 at 5:28 PM

It’s not easy being Greene.

carbon_footprint on June 11, 2010 at 6:22 PM

“Campaign literature. Campaign literature.”

Wapner at 4:00. I’m an excellent driver.

cannonball on June 11, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Olby is sooo racist.

scullymj on June 11, 2010 at 6:57 PM

“Campaign literature. Campaign literature.”

Wapner at 4:00. I’m an excellent driver.

cannonball on June 11, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Fish sticks on Wednesday.

Mary in LA on June 11, 2010 at 7:09 PM

It’s not easy being Greene.

carbon_footprint on June 11, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a thread winner!

Mary in LA on June 11, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Looks like Sacha Baron Cohen has a new character he’s trying out.

Kudos on the makeup job, btw.

CatsGodot on June 11, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Clearly Alvin Greene was inspired by Barack Hussein himself. How hyppocritical and racist of the left to now turn on the black community after using them in the 2008 election.

I guess the Dems got their token black man elected POTUS and now they are of no further use to the Democrat Party.

Alvin Greene has the ‘judgment to lead’. That is all that is needed to run for office – and in 2008 we were told over and over by the lamestream media that opposing a black candidate by claiming he lacked the experience or qualifications was nothing but sheer racism. There is no other excuse possible, it’s gotta be racism.

I don’t fault him for doing poorly in these inyterviews. He gets immediately attacked and I’m sure he isn’t quite sure how to respond. Should he confront the racists like Keith Olbermann during the interview and call him out on his racist views? I’m sure there was a lot going thru Mr Greene’s mind during the interview.

Given a more friendly environment and a littany of softball questions tossed at him like say – Obama does – and I bet he would look like a pretty decent Democrat candidate.

Mr Purple on June 14, 2010 at 6:35 AM

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