How the heck did Alvin Greene, an unemployed veteran who lives with his parents and who had no discernible campaign activity, not only win the South Carolina Democratic Senate primary, but win by a wide margin?
So unexpected is this result that official Washington is shaking off its stunned shock and throwing a mild tantrum. No less than David Axelrod, senior adviser to President Obama, suggested Sunday that Greene’s victory was not legitimate. “It doesn’t appear [legitimate] to me,” he said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “The whole thing is odd. I don’t know how really to explain it. I don’t think anyone else does either.”
South Carolina’s most prominent Democrat, Rep. Jim Clyburn, sounds convinced that the results cannot be genuine: “I know a Democratic pattern, I know a Republican pattern, and I saw in the Democratic primary elephant dung all over the place,” he told CNN’s State of the Union. Clyburn says he does not see himself supporting Greene, and says he believes Greene was planted in the race by someone.
The interest group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is demanding an investigation by the Federal Election Commission.
Still, an FEC investigation of what, precisely? Does anyone actually want to stake his reputation on an accusation of a vast conspiracy to commit ballot fraud, for the sole purpose of getting Alvin Greene instead of Vic Rawl on the ballot against Jim DeMint? Are we really supposed to think that a South Carolina GOP incumbent, elected with 54 percent of the vote in 2004, who has raised $6 million and is running in a good year for Republicans, was quaking in his boots at the thought of taking on a former circuit-court judge who came out of retirement to be elected to the Charleston County Council? We’re expected to believe that Republicans have the developed the ability secretly to guide unknown Democrats to primary wins, and that they used it here instead of, say, helping Mickey Kaus shock Barbara Boxer in California?
Read the full story The Beauty of Alvin Greene – Jim Geraghty – National Review Online.