South Carolina has some 2.5 million registered voters out of a population of 4 million [2000 census]. 30% are black, but far less than 30% of the registered voters are.
In Nov ’08, McCain won 54% of SC’s 1.9 million votes. Incumbent Republican conservative Jim DeMint got 83% of the 410,808 Republican votes. The combined Republican vote yesterday was 39.7% of McCain’s winning total.
By contrast, Tuesday Greene won 59% of the 169,542 Democratic primary votes. But that total Democrat vote was just 19.7% of what Obama got a short nineteen months ago. Where did Democratic voter turnout, aka enthusiasm – go?
And where is that famous Obama Political Machine? Greene’s home is described as “the end of a dirt driveway off a dusty highway in rural Clarendon County, just outside the town of Manning, a lawn overgrown with weeds sports no campaign sign”. Ouch. The best they could find, or did they not bother looking?
When Greene went to pay his filing fee with a $10,400 personal check he was turned away and told he’d need to use a campaign check. A few hours later he did that. Poof – he’s on the ballot. (Now you know why Massachusetts has a signature gathering requirement!)
And now [drum roll please], the CAPPER: It seems that Mister Greene was arrested back in November ’09 for showing obscene photos to a University of South Carolina student. Oops. They took his check but they didn’t vet him. Shades of Party Chair Barbie and the Carlisle Crusader!
So Greene – who has no campaign filings, no website, no war chest, no campaign signs, no committee or staff – is the Democrat’s last best hope of winning that senate seat from the very popular Jim DeMint? When questioned by reporters he seemed a little vague on issues. He didn’t know what the TARP is – but he does support a united Korea.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I respectfully submit to you that the national disenchantment with all things Obama has reached the point where only the liberal elite on the coastal plains, and a few in Denver, can be bothered running for office or supporting Democrats this year. As the oil continues to spew into the Gulf, while Obama reads from teleprompters, plays golf and parties on – it can only get worse.
Let’s watch and see if the SC Democratic Party will invest any lipstick on this candidate. I’m betting that our renown national poverty pimps – Reverends Al and Jessie will soon be on the case. Anybody down there remember Strom Thurmond? Didn’t think so.
Or it ~ could just be ~ that Mister Greene thought that Bill Clinton would show up and offer him a government job – not to run? Damn, that’s not working either!
/s/ Iron Mike
Old Soldier, – Still good for Parts!