It’s Not Easy Being Greene

… destined to go down in history as the worst American president of all time. In that competition Carter now finds himself in a distant second place. It’s not even close.

Last week the people of South Carolina decided that, if Obama could get as far as he has, on as little as he has, maybe one of their own could do just as well. So, instead of nominating Vic Rawl, a former circuit judge and state legislator, as their candidate for the U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Jim DeMint, they picked a total unknown, Alvin Greene.

Greene came out of literally nowhere to win the senate nomination. But, unlike Obama in his first run for public office, Greene won the primary fair and square. While Obama worked hard at disqualifying signatures on his opponents’ nominating petitions, ultimately getting them kicked off the ballot on technicalities, Greene used the $10,400 he claims to have saved while serving in the Army in South Korea for a filing fee, printed up a few cheap flyers at Kinkos, popped open a cold can of Colt-45, and sat back to await primary day.

On Tuesday, June 8, he scored a surprising upset, taking 59% of the statewide vote. Democrats were outraged; Republicans were amused at their outrage. After all, the people who nominated Greene are the very same Democrats who put Obama on his road to the White House in 2008. After Obama lost to Hillary Clinton by just three points in New Hampshire, South Carolina Democrats gave him a resounding 55-27 victory, from which Hillary never recovered.

A November 13-15, 2008 poll by the Zogby organization gives us some idea of what the Obama constituency is like. Zogby polled 512 known Obama voters, asking twelve simple multiple choice questions. All twelve questions related to information widely disseminated during the 2008 campaign.

Typical of the questions were these:

• Which party currently controls Congress?

• Which candidate admitted that his environmental policies would bankrupt coal-burning power plants and drive electric utility rates through the ceiling?

• Which candidate said that he had campaigned in 57 states?

• Which candidate started his first campaign for public office in the home of Weather Underground terrorists?

• Which candidate was previously forced out of a presidential campaign on a charge of plagiarism?

• Which candidate suggested that it would be a good idea to redistribute the wealth of the American people?

• Which candidate was given $150,000 worth of clothing by a political party?

• Which candidate had a pregnant teenage daughter?

Only 2.4% of Obama voters got 11 of the 12 correct and only 0.5% got all 12 correct. This in spite of the fact that 97.1% of the respondents were high school graduates, or higher, and 55% were college graduates. So, to quote another famous Democrat, “Where’s the beef?”

Score: Alvin Greene 1, Obama 0

On the day he won the South Carolina primary, Greene was unemployed. But then, so was Obama when he went to the Illinois State Senate. In fact, Obama was worse than unemployed; he was a “community organizer.” He organized shiftless parasites into a political force to cause trouble for hard-working, tax-paying people. He was a trouble-maker; Alvin was a peace-lover.

Score: Alvin Greene 2, Obama 0

Alvin’s victory is very unpopular among Democratic elites. He shouldn’t hold his breath waiting for an invitation to sip Chablis with Babs Streisand and the rest of the Hollywood elite. He’s not a long-winded speaker, he doesn’t have Obama’s jutting chin… the one that reminds us so much of Il Duce… and he still hasn’t scraped together enough money to hire a speechwriter or buy a teleprompter.

He may not present the image that Democrats like to see in their minorities, but I’ll take one Alvin Greene any day and give them one Obama, one Harry Reid, two Dick Durbins, and a future RINO draft choice. And although we don’t know him very well, as yet, I would gamble that Alvin Greene has more common sense in his little finger than Obama has in his entire body.

Score: Alvin Greene 3, Obama 0

Greene was discharged from active duty in the U.S. Army in August 2009, at age 32. He served seven years in the South Carolina Air National Guard, from July 1995 to June 2002; seven months in the South Carolina Army National Guard, from July 2006 to February 2007, and two years and two months in the active duty Army from June 2007 to August 2009. He has earned the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. He received an honorable but involuntary discharge from the Army in 2009.

If the available information is correct, Greene has a total of nine years and six months military service and has earned at least one row of ribbons to wear on his chest. If Obama has earned any military decorations at all they were not earned in the U.S. military. At least Alvin Greene had the courage to serve in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force.

Score: Alvin Greene 4, Obama 0

While serving in the South Carolina Air National Guard in the late 90s, Alvin earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of South Carolina. He may not be Ivy League, like Obama, but, unlike Obama, he’d probably be willing to let us see his college records and his college essays and tell us who paid for his college education.

Score: Alvin Greene 5, Obama 0

According to one report, Greene describes himself as a “moderate” Democrat. However, his policies do not vary greatly from Obama’s. He reportedly favors measures to lower the price of gasoline; he supports offshore drilling; he supports a united Korea under a democratic form of government; he would allow the Bush tax cuts to expire; and he supports reform of the financial industry.

He supports job creation measures and would increase expenditures on infrastructure such as bridges and highways; he would pursue alternative energy sources and has called for better school facilities and pay raises for teachers. On the subject of firearms, Greene said he supports the 2nd Amendment. He favors winding down the wars in the Middle East and “using that money for domestic programs, such as job creation, education, and Social Security.” Democrats are clearly embarrassed that a total unknown like Greene could be nominated… especially since he apparently spent no money and made no effort to campaign. Most Obama voters probably thought they were voting for Hall of Fame rhythm & blues singer Al Green. So, if the only difference between Greene and Obama is a glib tongue and a monumental ego, how can Democrats be ashamed of Greene in 2010 when they weren’t ashamed of Obama in 2008?

As Ann Coulter has written, “How could a young African-American man with strange origins, suspicious funding, shady associations, no experience, no qualifications, and no demonstrable work history come out of nowhere and win an election?” How, indeed?

Now it appears that Democrats will attempt to once again make a last minute substitution, much as they did in 2002 when New Jersey Democrats decided that their incumbent senator, Robert Torricelli, was far too corrupt to be reelected. Although New Jersey law prohibited candidates from withdrawing at any time within 51 days of the election, New Jersey Democrats gave Torricelli “the hook” just 36 days before the election.

It’s all very reminiscent of the game of marbles we played when I was a kid. If it was our turn to shoot our “steelie” or our “agate” at a marble in the circle… and we missed an easy shot… we’d quickly grab our shooter and shout “OVERS!” That’s what Democrats do when they decide they don’t like their own candidate. They simply give him “the hook” and shout “OVERS!”

Party leaders may not be enthralled with Alvin Greene, but he won the primary fair and square and he seems disinclined to go away quietly. So while Obama comparisons are inevitable, it’s something that Democrats will have to live with so long as Greene sticks to his guns. In the meantime, Alvin would be well-advised to watch his back. To paraphrase Kermit the Frog, it’s not easy being Greene.

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