Trainwreck: Shep Smith grills Democratic mystery nominee facing obscenity charge

posted at 5:00 pm on June 10, 2010 by Allahpundit

Rarely do I agree with Jim Clyburn, but c’mon: Clearly, he’s right that there’s more to this guy’s “political career” than meets the eye. (Clyburn’s leading theory: He’s a tea-party plant!) I’m giving you two clips, one of Shep’s interview and the other of an interview Greene did with a local news outlet. They’re both long-ish, but if you can only spare time for one, make it the second. It’s an even bigger trainwreck than the Fox segment is.

The question of the hour: Where’d this guy come up with ten grand?

So, in economic terms, the timeline goes like this: Greene’s military paychecks stopped in August. Three months later, he filed an affidavit with a South Carolina court claiming to be indigent. And four months after that he walked into the South Carolina Democratic Party headquarters with a personal check for $10,400. It doesn’t add up.

Calls to Greene’s attorney weren’t returned, and Greene’s phone line was busy.

Speculation is rampant in South Carolina that Greene was a plant installed by GOP operatives to sow racial dissension in the primary and thereby disrupt the campaign plans of the anticipated winner, Vic Rawl. But Greene literally did not run a campaign, and his failure to do so seems to argue against that theory. What’s the point of paying $10,000 to throw a monkey wrench into the political works if you’re not going to cause a ruckus?

They’re not kidding when they say he didn’t run a campaign. As you’ll see from the clips, the guy literally did nothing except — supposedly — drive around the state meeting with people, even though he can’t seem to recall any specific examples of having done that. He also can’t seem to recall basic information given to him just moments before. Sample quote from his interview with The Root:

TR: How do you think you beat your opponent, Vic Rawl, who raised nearly $200,000?

AG: I didn’t know he had that much. What did he spend it on?

TR: I’d imagine a Web site, a staff, signage, things most political campaigns have.

AG: Well, I’m self-managed…

TR: Including the $10,400 filing fee to become a candidate, would you say you spent less than $12,000 on your campaign?

AG: A whole lot less.

TR: How, then, did you beat someone who had more than 10 times the money you had?

AG: What was that amount again that he spent? A hundred bucks?

TR: No. He raised $186,000.

AG: A hundred eighty-six thousand? That’s kind of amazing.

Exit question: Dude?



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Has anyone asked VP Biden about this guy?

I mean, he seems like a clean, articulate guy to me. Hell, he could be running for President.

How about Sen Reid?
I can’t wait to hear what he has to say about this.

gonnjos on June 10, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Folks, give a Black man a break. This fellow is a citizen, a veteran and probably has many other laudable traits we haven’t learned of yet. How does he stack up against Jesse Jackson, Al Sharton or for that matter Maxine Waters or the execrable Barbara Boxer? The man had a real job for over a decade defending our country. Can the same be said for the others? No, Mr. Greene deserves the respect that any other person stepping up to do his civic duty deserves. This is a real guy doing a real constitutionally guaranteed service to his country until and unless we discover information to the contrary, of which their is currently none, (remember the Duke lacrosse fraud before you take anything from a college for granted) he stands as a major Democratic candidate . Anyone who speaks ill of the man is a racist, classist, elitist and, may I add, almost certainly an effete California or other debased vegan or near vegan that hates America and reflects the debauchery of union debased Democrat politics. Go with Greene!

Mason on June 10, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Dems vote for the first person on the list. Yes, this guy really knows how to connect to democrat party voters, alphabetical. His best selling point seems to be his military service, but I’m not certain what an involuntary honorable discharge really is. Maybe some military people can explain it because it doesn’t look like he is going to. Best spin: The porn charge only makes him more like ‘one of the people.’

Dollayo on June 10, 2010 at 9:41 PM

This guy is about 2 steps above Rain Man. He should not win high school president much less any higher office. He has half a dozen canned lines which he sometimes repeats twice within seconds. I’ve encountered more intelligent grocery store clerks than this guy. I’m all for sending the average guy to washington, but this guy is below average.

AnotherOpinion on June 10, 2010 at 9:51 PM

He seems qualified enough to me. I think he’s a good representative of the people. I’ll bet people like him voted for him in overwhelming numbers.

He’s very calm. There are some missing gaps in his life story, but hey, nobody but racists expect to know everything about candidates. He’s clean and well-spoken. A bit of practice with the teleprompter and he could be inspirational. If he wasn’t expected to write any articles, I think he could do a bang-up job as the editor of a law review…even the Harvard law review.

I just don’t get why people are saying stuff about this guy. It’s almost like they are making some kind of parallel to the president, somehow. But that’s ridiculous.

Barry never served in the military.

notagool on June 10, 2010 at 10:02 PM

He’s a veteran, he’s not a professional politician, and he didn’t say a word about needing to raise taxes, appease the Carbon God, repeal DADT, bail out failed corporations, give Amnesty to illegal aliens, give a half billion of our money to Hamas — sounds like an improvement over the average Dem in Congress.

Yeah the porn charge is worrisome but at least he’s not running a prostitution ring out of his apartment like Barney Frank. Or wide stancing in public airports.

No way I’d vote for him over a fine Senator like DeMint but what’s the point in piling on? He’s a Democrat.

DaMav on June 10, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Reap it black Democrats! That is what you get for voting with your melanin! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!!!

Let this man be a daily embarassment until election day!

Theworldisnotenough on June 10, 2010 at 10:52 PM

Could have been a protest vote against the presumptive Dem nominee. Voters have elected corpses rather than The Other Guy.

“Vote for the crook; it’s important.”

sulla on June 10, 2010 at 11:18 PM

Clyburn is a retard.

If Vic Rawl claims to have spent $186,000.00 and lost to Alvin Greene by 20 points, Clyburn aught to be investigating Rawl, not Greene.

jaime on June 11, 2010 at 12:11 AM

Vic Rawl claims to have spent $186,000.00 and lost to Alvin Greene by 20 points, Clyburn aught to be investigating Rawl, not Greene.

jaime on June 11, 2010 at 12:11 AM

Great point! I can see the interview now:
[Clyburn]Sir, you spent over $200,000 in campaign funds to campaign against someone who spent less than $12,000 and who did little to no campaigning at all. How can you explain this loss?

[Rawl] Ummm, aaahh, Iiiii,

[Clyburn]What exactly did you spend that $200,000 on?

[Rawl] humina humina humina ….

[Clyburn]What are your future political plans?

….

AZfederalist on June 11, 2010 at 12:25 AM

So, he’s inarticulate and nervous/trainwreck on camera. I’d take him over Pelosi any day. So, am I nuts for kinda sorta liking this guy?

brennan251 on June 11, 2010 at 1:11 AM

This fellow is a citizen, a veteran and probably has many other laudable traits we haven’t learned of yet. How does he stack up against Jesse Jackson, Al Sharton or for that matter Maxine Waters or the execrable Barbara Boxer? The man had a real job for over a decade defending our country. Can the same be said for the others? No, Mr. Greene deserves the respect that any other person stepping up to do his civic duty deserves. This is a real guy doing a real constitutionally guaranteed service to his country until and unless we discover information to the contrary, of which their is currently none, (remember the Duke lacrosse fraud before you take anything from a college for granted) he stands as a major Democratic candidate . Anyone who speaks ill of the man is a racist, classist, elitist and, may I add, almost certainly an effete California or other debased vegan or near vegan that hates America and reflects the debauchery of union debased Democrat politics.

Mason on June 10, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Sums up my feelings too.

Well stated, Mason.

Saltysam on June 11, 2010 at 1:48 AM

Mason on June 10, 2010 at 9:10 PM

I do disagree with the last part of your comment though. People that speak ill of Greene does not qualify as racism…or classism…or even elitism…

…but you might have a point with the debased vegan thing.

LOL!

Saltysam on June 11, 2010 at 1:54 AM

I know I’m probably being (insert insulting epithet here), but I can’t help but feel a little sorry for Greene. I mean, maybe he’s just TERRIBLE on camera and there is more to the story, but it sure looks like somebody, somewhere “set him up the bomb.”

I don’t know if it was a credulous mysterious ally, or a crafty opponent, or if somebody at 4chan stole a credit card and is laughing their khatousis off.

I just hope Greene doesn’t get badly hurt by this. Seems kind of gormless but not malicious.

Merovign on June 11, 2010 at 1:55 AM

AG: I didn’t know he had that much. What did he spend it on?

seems like a pretty smart guy to me…

equanimous on June 11, 2010 at 6:09 AM

This fellow is a citizen, a veteran and probably has many other laudable traits we haven’t learned of yet. How does he stack up against Jesse Jackson, Al Sharton or for that matter Maxine Waters … and reflects the debauchery of union debased Democrat politics.

Has anyone seen Greene’s birth certificate?

gonnjos on June 11, 2010 at 8:34 AM

What’s to investigate? He won an election. Is that a crime?

Akzed on June 11, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Okay, let’s see…here is a man we know absolutely nothing about. He has money from “Unknown” sources and he dodges questions. He has no job experience outside the military and has never run a business. Hmmm, this guy could be our next president. Wait until the staterun media get ahold of him. He’ll be a God within six months. The LA times will have a new “Magic Negro”.

Wills on June 11, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Watching this guy debate DeMint is going to be painful.

Never argue with an idiot. You cannot win and the audience cannot tell the difference.

DailyDanet on June 11, 2010 at 9:47 AM

The attack ads are going to be fun. This video would speak for itself.

DailyDanet on June 11, 2010 at 9:50 AM

I like this guy.

dczombie on June 11, 2010 at 10:56 AM

That is what you get for voting with your melanin!

Theworldisnotenough on June 10, 2010 at 10:52 PM

And that is a freakin’ brilliant line, sir (or ma’am)!

Mary in LA on June 11, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Watching this guy debate DeMint is going to be painful.

DailyDanet on June 11, 2010 at 9:47 AM

I agree with you, but not in the way you meant. It will be painful because at the end of the debate, everyone will feel so sorry for Mr. Greene that he will mop up the sympathy vote. No matter how kind he is, Mr. DeMint won’t be able to help looking like a big bully, and most of the audience will have been conditioned to hate him. Everybody loves David and hates Goliath, remember?

Say hello to Senator Greene. :-(

Mary in LA on June 11, 2010 at 12:16 PM

They are still stalling on vetting Obama. As soon as they are done with Obama background check, then this fella can get on the list.
I really don’t think he could do as much damage and do it as quickly as Pelosi and Reid.

Can Obama give him a drilling engineer job and make room for someone else?
He could also be a porn czar in this addministration. (if he doesn’t pay taxes)
He also has a resume that is not as white as Obama’s was.

His comment on spending twice as much on inmates as students is a good one.

seven on June 11, 2010 at 1:02 PM

I like this guy. He’s got my eighteen votes.

Skipper50 on June 11, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Obviously, he’s using the time honored campaign slogan of If nominated, I will not run, if elected I will not serve to good effect.

I R A Darth Aggie on June 11, 2010 at 1:45 PM

The ACORN is strong with this one.

TexasDan on June 11, 2010 at 5:14 PM

To even doubt him is racist ;-)

scullymj on June 11, 2010 at 6:55 PM

wheres Al Sharpton????? this black man is obviously being dragged thru the mud, he won, whats the problem, is it color?? Al???? help him…. the Dem/Socialists dont have a use for him, so they stop pretending they are pro black.

malkinmania on June 11, 2010 at 7:21 PM

the $10,400 filing fee to become a candidate

That in itself is BS in my book. “filing fee”…sheesh.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 11, 2010 at 7:44 PM

AP,

Don’t know if you’ve seen this but here ya go. There HAS been coverage of Greene, before the primary, on May 25,2010.

From GreenvilleOnline.

Hal on June 11, 2010 at 8:58 PM

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