So just who the heck is Alvin Greene?
The quick facts so far...
- Greene's the democratic nominee for US Senate.
- He's an unemployed Army veteran with an involuntary but honorable discharge in August of last year.
- He was arrested for felony obscenity charges in November and is still facing an indictment from - according to the AP - "show[ing] photos to a woman and talked about going to her room at a university dorm."
- He didn't campaign in any outwardly visible sense.
- What he did do - pay the initial $10,400 filing fee - came from a personal check.
- His answers to Keith Olberman in the above interview are comedically brief, uncharacteristically so for a politician seeking office.
- He whomped his opponent by a 59-41% margin.
- He didn't have a campaign website or run any print or video ads for his campaign.
- Greene raised $114 in campaign funds.
- Greene doesn't crack a smile in either of the videos that I've seen of him.
- The man's an incredibly private person who doesn't want to talk about all his hard work behind the scenes. Yet he's running for a very public office.
- Somebody is putting up a patsy to get slaughtered by the Republican nominee.
- The 'e' at the end of the last name Greene identified Greene as African-American which identified with a largely African-American electorate. (Not my theory, by the way)
- Something horrifically fishy is going on.
- Mr. Smith really is going to Washington.
- The open primary system - allowing anyone to vote in the Democratic primary of South Carolina, mentioned right at the end of of Olberman's interview - let a lot of Republicans cross over and vote for Alvin Greene.