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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What is this I don’t even…

askheaves on June 10, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Come on, AP!

You know you’re jones-ing to see those baby shoes!
ROFL…!

Jenfidel on June 10, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Weird. I had acid trip like that in ’77.

mr.blacksheep on June 10, 2010 at 9:53 PM

He’s a GOP plant. He’s wearing that evil American flag lapel! Who else wears one? SARAH PALIN! This is all Sarah Palin’s doing!

SouthernGent on June 10, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Are we sure this isn’t some sort of Jon Stewart gag or something? This doesn’t seem real.

mauipundit on June 10, 2010 at 9:55 PM

He’s perfectly qualified for the job–losing an election.

RBMN on June 10, 2010 at 9:56 PM

This is all Sarah Palin’s doing!

SouthernGent on June 10, 2010 at 9:54 PM

All the leftie attacks on Sarah have come full circle here with Alvin.

William Amos on June 10, 2010 at 9:57 PM

30 secs. Thats as far as I was able to go. Is this the level of information & entertainment one can expect every night?

Pestilence on June 10, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Wow. Simply, wow.

angryed on June 10, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Which one was Alvin Greene?

d1carter on June 10, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Okay, I CANNOT watch any of these interviews. I get a minute or so in and start to feel VERY sorry for this guy.

WTF.

tickleddragon on June 10, 2010 at 9:58 PM

I think it’s safe to assume this is the real Dave Weigel.

Ian on June 10, 2010 at 9:58 PM

“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.”

ROFL

Inanemergencydial on June 10, 2010 at 9:58 PM

So very interesting. I can hear Arianna now “Zee Republicans are absolootley 1000 percent behind dis” and if that doesn’t work, they’re going to bash the entire South – you could get that drift from this patronizing interview of the little stupid puppy by the big Manhattan anchor. He seems as qualified for office as Zero to me.

Marcus on June 10, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Dude, it’s obvious that he has a smart evil twin brother who did the campaigning only to back off come interview time.

Hurricanes on June 10, 2010 at 9:58 PM

I’ve watched all the interviews of this guy and he hasn’t changed his answers, no matter who the interviewer.

Something just doesn’t sit right about this guy.

After listening to this guy, it’s no wonder the military finally got rid of him.

This guy has got to be a joke.

“I have no comment on that.” Well, he certainly sounds like a Democrat alright.

catmman on June 10, 2010 at 9:58 PM

God, I’m starting to feel really bad for this guy. No joke.

Aquateen Hungerforce on June 10, 2010 at 9:59 PM

This is total summer drama at its best.

clnurnberg on June 10, 2010 at 9:59 PM

I can’t make head nor tail out of this. It is a genuine WTF?

BL@KBIRD on June 10, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Not too surprising except for that it’s a Senate nomination.
Here in the Monterey Bay, my GOP has run everything from low level functionaries to outright nutjobs against Rep.Sam Farr.
The only question was if the GOP whackjob was gonna lose by 40 or 60 points.

jjshaka on June 10, 2010 at 10:02 PM

No. This isn’t real.

I’m dead and this is some sort of test to see whether I go to Hell or Heaven.

What?

SteveMG on June 10, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Is it racist for me to laugh my ass off?

angryed on June 10, 2010 at 10:02 PM

So articulate. Has to be a Republican. At least about as much a one as AP is, anyway.

klickink.wordpress.com on June 10, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Obama might be twice as smart as Alvin.

Inanemergencydial on June 10, 2010 at 10:02 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

I’m expecting him to take his mask off and Andy Kaufmann appears.

I guess.

I just don’t know anymore.

SteveMG on June 10, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Something else just hit me:

“It’s got electrolytes!”

catmman on June 10, 2010 at 10:03 PM

The South Carolina GOP remind me of my uncle. He was funny (to laugh at) but you didn’t want to hang out with him for too long.

taney71 on June 10, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Alvin Greene is probably the best that the democrats have to offer. Prototypical.

jaime on June 10, 2010 at 10:04 PM

The charges

The police report indicates Greene was rejected once by the woman and then showed photos to a woman and talked about going to her room at a university dorm.

Read Greene’s arrest warrant

William Amos on June 10, 2010 at 10:04 PM

He did alright. He’s a simple man. Not a trainwreck, he just should be running for school board not the Senate.

Ted Torgerson on June 10, 2010 at 10:04 PM

He’s a GOP plant. He’s wearing that evil American flag lapel! Who else wears one? SARAH PALIN! This is all Sarah Palin’s doing!

SouthernGent on June 10, 2010 at 9:54 PM

She probably did, and they dems know , but they just cant admit it now…

the_nile on June 10, 2010 at 10:05 PM

After Zero’s election, I have zero faith in the electorate.

See for yourself, then tell me this guy doesn’t have a chance.

How Obama Got Elected video -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm1KOBMg1Y8

SoldiersMom on June 10, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Yeah, this guy has been set up for disaster by some one. It is some sort of trap for some one.

BL@KBIRD on June 10, 2010 at 10:05 PM

I predict Jesse Jackson, a SC native, will come up with a residence there, take the nomination from Greene and it will be too close to call.

clnurnberg on June 10, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Okay…if this guy is for real, actually drummed up the cash on his own to do this somehow, and if this obscenity charge is in fact overblown(could potentially be a pissed off ex girlfriend or something)…then I like this guy. He’s got real balls.

However…if not…then I think South Carolina is getting punked. Notice the only question he jumped up and answered quickly was whether the ten grand came from his own funds. Every other question, he seemed like he was going to pass out. He comes off as an unprepared stooge shoved in the spotlight.

MadisonConservative on June 10, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Aquateen Hungerforce on June 10, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Yeah. Me too. This is just awful.

lorien1973 on June 10, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Something else just hit me:

“It’s got electrolytes!”

catmman on June 10, 2010 at 10:03 PM

LOL!
Stop it!
Even President Comacho sounds articulate compared to this guy!

Jenfidel on June 10, 2010 at 10:07 PM

I noticed that nobody in the media has asked him what he reads.

Mark1971 on June 10, 2010 at 10:07 PM

He does seem to be a simple man.

He is not a trainwreck, but each and every one of his interviews is I have to say.

Wait, scratch that. The guy is charged with felony obscenity and was apparently ‘forced’ out of the military – possibly two different branches.

He is a trainwreck.

catmman on June 10, 2010 at 10:07 PM

“Can you say that agian…?”

Seven Percent Solution on June 10, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Did someone interview the guy he beat?

Notorious GOP on June 10, 2010 at 10:08 PM

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.”

Hey Alvin, why not pass the time by playing a little solitaire?

MadisonConservative on June 10, 2010 at 10:08 PM

This guy would fit right in with the Congressional Black Caucus.

NoDonkey on June 10, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Jenfidel on June 10, 2010 at 10:07 PM

LOL!

Can’t you just see this guy doing a Brawndo commercial?!

catmman on June 10, 2010 at 10:09 PM

And me out of popcorn… darn it.

Hog Wild on June 10, 2010 at 10:09 PM

If he’s a plant he’s a dem plant

clnurnberg on June 10, 2010 at 10:10 PM

http://truthandcommonsense.com/2010/06/10/james-clyburn-from-south-carolina-wants-to-investigate-how-dumb-democrats-are-in-his-state-can-i-help/

Clyburn wants an investigation. If it happens, he’ll get to play Niedermayer.

archer52 on June 10, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Ok, the only logical explanation at this point is that he’s a Democrat plant in order to frame the Tea Party or GOP for planting this guy. There’s no other way.
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Oooooooor maybe this guy knows that Obama pays out big to get people to drop out of races…maybe this guy is angling for an ambassadorship and knows it’s just a matter of time before Rahm gives him a ringy-dingy! Think about it.

Weight of Glory on June 10, 2010 at 10:10 PM

No, seriously, Greene is probably the prototype for future democrat candidates. The only variation might be convicted rather than just charges pending.

jaime on June 10, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Mama always said South Carolina was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.

Emperor Norton on June 10, 2010 at 10:11 PM

He’ll get at least 91 percent of the black vote in the general election.

BJ Phisch on June 10, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Brown/Greene… 2012!

Seven Percent Solution on June 10, 2010 at 10:12 PM

This guy would fit right in with the Congressional Black Caucus.

NoDonkey on June 10, 2010 at 10:08 PM

That’s rac… hmmmm.

the_nile on June 10, 2010 at 10:12 PM

HuffPoop has 56 pages of comments blaming Karl Rove.

Marcus on June 10, 2010 at 10:13 PM

I dunno. I like him. He’s just a regular guy. Should he be a senator? No. But we’re so used to polished BS-ers that he’s a breath of fresh air.

BVM on June 10, 2010 at 10:13 PM

If he gets Maxine Waters’ endorsement, he’s in!

manwithblackhat on June 10, 2010 at 10:13 PM

How inspiring!! Yes We Can! Yes We Can!

Dollayo on June 10, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Alvin Greene is the spearhead of the democrats’ grass roots “Tea Party” movement.

jaime on June 10, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Who wants Greene to Obama, running mate in 2012? I DO!

Lance Murdock on June 10, 2010 at 10:15 PM

I don’t see how you can start an investigation based only on the fact that this guy doesn’t look or act like a typical politician.

Mark1971 on June 10, 2010 at 10:16 PM

This guy is the best!!!!
Do you realize this man spent $10,400 to do the same thing Obama spent 5oo,ooo,ooo to do!!!!
The Messiah have cometh !!!!

beatenbutnotbroken on June 10, 2010 at 10:16 PM

Another Green Democrap.

Reality Checker on June 10, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Hey, I’ve got a great idea every body…

Let’s elect Barack Hussein Obowma Alvin Greene as President of the United States!

… Who’s with me?

Seven Percent Solution on June 10, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Couldn’t last more than 20 seconds. Too painful.

John the Libertarian on June 10, 2010 at 10:17 PM

I don’t see how you can start an investigation based only on the fact that this guy doesn’t look or act like a typical politician.

Mark1971 on June 10, 2010 at 10:16 PM

They have to check why the vote rigging backfired. All that money..

the_nile on June 10, 2010 at 10:19 PM

Alvin. Alvin. AALVIIIN!!!!!

jaime on June 10, 2010 at 10:19 PM

If this is legit…then it is the clearest lesson regarding a) the status of our electorate and b) their knowledge once they enter the voting booth.

and the results ain’t pretty…..

remember that law about voters being “landowners” was required….back in the day? yeah, here’s the consequences of repealing that.

ted c on June 10, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Is it too much to believe that a guy took advantage of the fact that Democrats simply didn’t care who their placeholder was?

rob verdi on June 10, 2010 at 10:21 PM

dude…

booter on June 10, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Let’s say he’s elected. Functionally, what’s the difference between him and say, Al Franken or even John Kerry? They’ll vote the same way 98%+ of the time. So, really, democrats -should- support this guy. He’s a guaranteed robot vote for anything he’s told to vote for. It’s their ideal candidate, if you think about it.

lorien1973 on June 10, 2010 at 10:21 PM

a strawman perhaps? manchurian candidate? it’s extremely bizarre that he comes out of nowhere, no campaigning, no money to speak of and gets 59% of the vote. WTF is really going on here? Someone is pulling the wool over the voters eyes.

kellyjane on June 10, 2010 at 10:22 PM

So, where can I get my “Vote for Pedro Alvin” t-shirt?

I’m starting to get a fevah, and the only prescription is…

azkag on June 10, 2010 at 10:22 PM

At least he didn’t say the “c” word like the little girl this morning that spoke with Merideth Viera.

txag92 on June 10, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Who’s with me?

Seven Percent Solution on June 10, 2010 at 10:17 PM

hell, in 2008, there wasn’t nuffin driving anybody to vote for BHO other than name recognition. You couldn’t go anywhere without seeing their signs/stickers etc. It was obvious that a candidate didn’t have to know a damn thing, and we are living that nightmare every damn day. Obama is just Alvin Greene with name recognition and a JD, right? oh yeah, and that gift he told harry about….

ted c on June 10, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Somebody get this guy a teleprompter.

Daggett on June 10, 2010 at 10:24 PM

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.

He personally believes that U.S. Americans are unable to locate America on the map because, um, so many people in this country don’t have maps, unlike in places like South Africa and in the Iraq, like such as….

amerpundit on June 10, 2010 at 10:24 PM

I don’t see what all the hub bub is, this guy is every bit as competent as Nancy P. Babs “bat shit” Boxer, Cynthia Mc Kenny, Cold cash Jefferson, Waxman, Sheila J. Lee, John Edwards, Algore, Bawney Fwank, I could keep going but I am typing on a blackberry.

I mean hell, the only prerequisite to run as a Dem is to be crazy as a shithouse rat.

TheSitRep on June 10, 2010 at 10:25 PM

This is all Sarah Palin’s doing!

SouthernGent on June 10, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Don’t be silly, this has Bush’s fingerprints all over it.

RINO in Name Only on June 10, 2010 at 10:25 PM

He is every bit as qualified to be in the US senate as Capt. Kick Ass is to be commander in chief.

Sefton on June 10, 2010 at 10:26 PM

The more interesting story here, which the MSM and even the bloggers seemed to have overlooked, is the fact that this guy got 56% (or 59%, which I read on ABC News’s site) of the vote. Fixty-six percent of the Democrats in S. Carolina voted for this guy? Somewhere Acorn must be involved.
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I’ve heard three possible explanations:
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1) His name was higher on the ballot
2) Many people in S. Carolina have Greene as a surname
3) Maybe people thought he represented the Green Party or something green
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I’ll add another possibility: South Carolina Democrats are absolute morons.

MaxMBJ on June 10, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Alvin. Alvin. AALVIIIN!!!!!

jaime on June 10, 2010 at 10:19 PM

Bah, you beat me to it!

Inanemergencydial on June 10, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Be honest, who on this website is not jonesing to see the first DeMint-Greene debate? Who gets that plum moderating gig?

azkag on June 10, 2010 at 10:27 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

It’s like an SNL skit.
A BAD SNL skit.

Sefton on June 10, 2010 at 10:28 PM

God, I’m starting to feel really bad for this guy. No joke.

Aquateen Hungerforce on June 10, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Yeah, I’m getting there too. No joke.

hawkdriver on June 10, 2010 at 10:28 PM

It looked like someone was talking into his earpiece. He was naming a bunch of positions the other candidate had held, and his age, and at 2:43 you hear “He’s just a candidate” and then Greene pushes the earpiece back in.

pedestrian on June 10, 2010 at 10:28 PM

I KNEW he reminded me of someone!

AnthonyK on June 10, 2010 at 10:29 PM

Olberman was speechless. You gotta give him that.

Sefton on June 10, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Today on the local Mark Davis show he played clips from a controversy involving Hallmark cards vs. the LA NAACP. Hallmark has a “musical” card that is to be given to a graduate and on the cover states “You are out of this world! You are in space!” and when you open it a little musical voice says some things including “Take that you meteors! Take that you black holes!” . Well – the controversy is that “this is offensive to black women” because they hear “black ho’s”. When pointed out repeatedly what a “black hole” is and that the voice clearly says “black hole”, they are not backing down.

Just thought it was applicable here.

Marcus on June 10, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Best case I have ever heard for eliminating open primaries.

crosspatch on June 10, 2010 at 10:31 PM

this is beyond my comprehension. . . first that I watched an Olby interview, but that aside, I feel kind of sorry for the guy, but admire his plugging along, even though it is painful for everyone, but then there is that felony charge. . . .
how the hell did he get 60%?
what are they saying in SC, apart from the “plant” crap, who would plant this guy?

Willie on June 10, 2010 at 10:32 PM

I can tell you exactly how a guy like Greene managed to get nominated.

Progressive (see: white guilt) Southern Democrats saw and old white man running against a young black man and decided to vote for the inexperienced community organizer.

The Ugly American on June 10, 2010 at 10:33 PM

This is a public lynching! Who the hell is Obermann to question the integrity of any man.

Captain America on June 10, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Charles Blow says he’s qualified.

Emperor Norton on June 10, 2010 at 10:34 PM

I wonder what his position on Guam tipping over is…?

Or Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac being in the good hands of Franklin Raines…?

Seven Percent Solution on June 10, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Hmmmm.

“Are we sure this isn’t some sort of Jon Stewart gag or something?”

WOW. That Daily Show is going to be …. EPIC.

memomachine on June 10, 2010 at 10:35 PM

He’s Chauncey Gardiner.

holygoat on June 10, 2010 at 10:36 PM

Abner Aardvark will win the next Dem primary in SC.

AnthonyK on June 10, 2010 at 10:36 PM

LOL! Amaaaaaazing!

Keith Olberman being ~ever so polite~ to honestly one of the most ill-spoken, unqualified persons for high office ever. Just imagine had he interviewed Sarah Palin after her selection as the Republican VP in 2008 to this dreck. Imagine it, friends! Twist in the wind, libs, at undue challenges, unfortunate circumstances, and how poor Greene’s being unduly attacked as a “regular ol’ Joe.”

Alvin Greene? More like “Harrison Bergeron.” Why wait for 2081 when you can have it in 2010?

lansing quaker on June 10, 2010 at 10:36 PM

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