Filing closes (noon Monday), and until that time, someone could pull out or change their mind. People wanting to know more should wait until next week. That’s all I’ve got to say right now.South Carolina joke candidate Alvin Greene • Regarding his apparent decision to run for an open South Carolina state House seat, which opened up after state Rep. Cathy Harvin died earlier this month. In case you’re wondering, the filing fee is a tad cheaper than the $10,500 he paid for his Senate run – a modest $165. So, even though he’s still throwing away money, he has a slightly more realistic chance at winning this time around. But like he said, someone could pull out or change their mind. (thanks Larry Crider) source (via • follow)
I am at a loss for words to describe this new development.Phil Bailey, director of the South Carolina State Senate Democratic Caucus • In reaction to Alvin Greene’s proclamation that he’s “seriously considering” running for President in 2012. After a surprise win in the Democratic primary earlier this year, Greene gave a bunch of interesting interviews, but lost by 34 points in the general. Donna Warren, president of the consulting firm that handled Greene’s recent failed Senate bid, reacted to the news: “Was he kidding you? Oh, wow, he didn’t tell us about that.” source (via • follow)
This clip is so fresh that it hasn’t made its way to YouTube at all. Until now (we just uploaded it). Our friend Larry Crider sends along this clip of Alvin Greene randomly showing up on a live newscast giving a reporter rabbit ears. He’s wearing a Greene for Senate shirt, by the way. In other news, Jim DeMint started the recession. (Update: We initially posted a longer version of the clip with much more context. Here’s the 30-second version, begging for views.) source
So, Lawrence O’Donnell is our hero. Faced with the halting Alvin Greene on Monday night’s show, he starts off questioning by jokingly asking, “Are you a witch?” Given the opportunity to basically own the conversation, Alvin Greene completely flubs it, by answering that “DeMint started the recession.” He does the same thing for the next question. And the one after that. Dude, O’Donnell was throwing softballs your way. SOFTBALLS! source
» Why this is bad for Democrats: Beyond the obvious “we’re going to lose a seat we expected to lose anyway” angle, Greene’s candidacy in South Carolina means that the influential far-right-leaning DeMint can spend his $4 million in funds on other things, such as, you know, propping up candidates who may not have the good fortune that he does.