Whats the Deal with South Carolina?

South Carolina has been in the news a lot recently in quite a remarkable way.  When you think about the current succession of bazaar unrelated stories coming out of one state in succession you have to be amazed.  This made me think back to what I know about South Carolina, and while I am sure the people there are nice, the politics there are not.

Other than the Lewinsky scandal (which was more of a global issue then an issue followed by hardcore politicos), the first political shenanigans that I remember was back in 2000 when the Bush (at that point campaign sans Cheney) campaign through the use of push polling, faxes, and audience plants  to spread a rumor that Senator McCain had fathered an illigitimate mixed race love child.  This was particularly cruel because This ended McCain’s aspirations for 2000 and went down as one of the dirtiest tricks in modern political history.  This seemed to be out of place at the time, but seemed to be a herald for the oddness to come a decade later.

Fast forward to the summer of 2009 on the Appalachian trail/Argentina nights scandal when Governor Sanford went to Argentina to visit is mistress under the cover of hiking the Appalachian trail alone over fathers day weekend during national nude hiking day.  The story started out as a case of a governor who could not be reached, and slowly became weirder and weirder until the beans finally spilled.  Of all the bazaaro events in South Carolina, this is the only one that had a ring of tragic melancholy to it.  Unlike most political sex scandals that are centered around the self gratification of an ego, Governor Sanford seemed to really be in love with his Argentian mistress, as was apparent from their pages and pages of email communiques that were released.

A few months later during a joint session of congress called by the president on health care reform, Representative Joe Wilson of South Carolina shouted his oh so famous outburst of “You Lie!!!”.   I’m not gonna lie, the optics of a souther white member of the house berating a black president at a joint session were bad, very bad.  To make matters worse, Joe Wilson’s only other notable action in the house was when he tried to introduce legislation to bring back the confederate flag.  But that wasnt the worst part… this publicity actually helped Representative Wilson raise money.

The next case of WTF coming out of the palmetto state was somewhat of a random one (that slipped beneath a lot of people’s radar, but as a Jewish Democrat I couldn’t help but snicker).  In an opinion piece penned by two GOP county chairmen responding to an attack the Senator Demint was not bringing back enough money to the state, they wrote that

“There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves,”

There wasnt much fallout, DeMint said their comments were unaccapetbale yada yada yada, and that was it.  Being low level officials it was a pretty minor story, but to this day, everytime i organize my change, I think of South Carolina and smile.

But it was the past month where things have gotten down right interesting.  The two out of three of the ongoing I cant believe that this is actually happening events in SC are centered around Nikkei Haley, a woman of partial East Indian descent who converted to Christianity in her youth.  It started in late may when Will Folk,  a blogger/former governor Sanford’s press secretary claimed to have had an improper relationship with the candidate, a second claim of an affair came from  Larry Marchant, a strategist of one of her primary opponent Andre Bauer on June 3rd.

The same day during an online interview, S.C. Sen. Jake Knotts, also a supporter of Bauer, said

We’ve already got a raghead in the White House, we don’t need another raghead in the governor’s mansion.

Later when asked to clarify he said

“We need a good Christian to be our governor, She’s hiding her religion. She ought to be proud of it. I’m proud of my god.”


“We’re at war over there”

Asked to clarify, he said he did not mean the United States was at war with India, but was at war with “foreign countries”.  Yes, his issue with her is that she is of foreign ancestry, and we are at war with foreign countries, and therefore she is a security risk.  A piece of brilliant reasoning that he couldn’t just leave alone so  he also claimed that her father had been sending letters to India saying that Haley was the first Sikh running for high office in the US and that he wears a turban around Lexington.    Here at Comments from Left Field, we DO NOT EVER wish death or violence on anyone.  However, if the senator were to come down with a case of ‘the herpes’, I would not feel bad in the slightest.  Haley went on to crush Bauer in the state primary, and we will have to wait to see how this story develops.

Now this brings us to the current story, or as I like to call it, the Ballad of Alvin Green.  On Tuesday June 8th, Alvin Green, a complete unknown won South Carolina’s open (anyone can vote) primary to be the Democrats senate candidate.  When I say complete unknown, I dont mean someone who came up from outside of the political realm and won the hearts and minds of the electorate with impassioned speeches, smart policy, and a nimble campaign (cough Obama 08 cough).  What I do mean is that no one had ever heard of him until after he was declared winner.  The Washington Post points out that he did nothing to get elected, no speeches, no rallies, he did nil, nothing, and zilch. As the nation learned about him we were left with more questions then answers.  First, he had no campaign website, and second, he had no job.  What he did have however were felony charges for obscenity (apparently he sent some highly inappropriate pictures of himself to a girl who did not appreciate them).   So how did a man with no job manage to pay the $10 000 filing fees?   The situation is so bazaar, that Congressman Clyburn has called for the state to investigate if Mr. Green is in fact a GOP plant.   Since winning the the nomination he has been interviewed several times, and this radio interview is the norm


An interview that he did with Keith Olbermann tonight did not resolve any of these questions, but did raise several more.


Mr. Green did not sound like a political candidate, his answers were evasive.  He reminded me of a guilty (but not convicted… yet) person being interrogated, doing his best to find out what his interrogator knows without actually giving anything up.  He did not answer if he had campaign meetings, or rallies.  Throughout the whole interview he seemed to be taking cues from his attorney who was standing off screen.  Who the hell is this guy? Who is paying for him? What the hell is going on?  If this guy is a plant, I find it hard to believe that it will not come out. First, the money that he spent for his filing fees will be tracked.  As the primary data gets released, we will be able to look at what regions gave him the most votes.  From this we will be able to see if he was getting a large amount of votes from heavily Republican districts.  That may not be evidence necessary for a conviction, but it should be enough to at least kick off an investigation.

Anyways, I was planning on introducing myself and saying a little about myself, but I watched the news, and heard my inner Seinfeld ask “Whats the deal with South Carolina”.  Ill try and write something up about myself tomorrow

3 Responses to “Whats the Deal with South Carolina?”

  1. Lowell Nelson says:

    Hard to believe there is such a thing as a Jewish Democrat after Obama the palistine cheerleader is selling Isreal down the river

  2. SoulSista says:

    I voted for him because my daddy loved Al Green’s music growing up. Maybe he will sing for all of us at his victory party over Jim DeMint.

  3. Bob Birdsong says:

    Well, with that kind of research into a candidate, how could you go wrong? No wonder hapless, slack-jawed, mental lightweights get nominated in your state. And I’m referring to DeMint here as well.

    My mother loves Elvis (pre-1967, she’s no chubby chaser). I hope to God someone named Elvis or Aron or Presley runs in my state, so I can use your method. Just think, no hard facts to consider, no boring position papers to read, no rallies, no door-to-door. Makes things simpler, don’t you think?

    Or were you engaging in a bit of self-satire “SoulSista?” If so, never mind.


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