When Alvin Greene won the South Carolina Democratic Nomination for US Senate six weeks ago, the party establishment was in an uproar, attributing his victory to some form of malfeasance. Fellow Democrat James Clyburn erupted in anger, saying, “There were some real shenanigans going on in the South Carolina primary. I don’t know if he was a Republican plant; he was someone’s plant.” Clyburn went even further, suggesting that criminal acts culminated in Greene’s stunning victory. “I think there’s some federal laws being violated in this race…Somebody gave him that $10,000 and he who took it should be investigated, and he who gave it should be investigated,” proclaimed the indignant Clyburn.
It turns out that Clyburn’s claims were unfounded and Mr. Greene was the legitimate Democrat nominee. South Carolina investigators concluded that he paid the $10,440 fee to get his name on the ballot from his own personal savings and will file no charges.
Since then, the mainstream media has waged a mocking campaign against this unemployed man with 13 years of military service and presently living with his parents who invested his entire life savings to run for US Senate.
All of this begs the question: How would Alvin Greene actually perform as a US Senator? We know so much about his opponent, the principled conservative Jim DeMint who has rapidly emerged as a leader in the GOP, committed to massive reductions in taxation and spending, preservation of life and has been a kingmaker of sorts for other rising conservatives including Marco Rubio. While Alvin Greene can not touch his opponent on experience, his qualifications are based primarily on what he is not:
Alvin Greene has never taught Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals in college. He did not for 20 years attend a radical church poorly disguised as “Black Liberation Theology”. He has never worked for or been supported by ACORN. He has never spent significant time in Pakistan. Alvin Greene has stated he will gladly turn over his academic records and, if requested, even a long-form US birth certificate.
On policy, Alvin Greene also seems like an addition by subtraction kind of guy. He has never threatened to bankrupt the coal industry or claimed that energy prices must necessarily skyrocket. He has never betrayed our military by standing on the Senate floor and proclaiming the surge in Iraq would never work. There exist no public records of Mr. Greene claiming police acted “stupidly”. He has never advocated governmental takeover of banks and our automobile industry. Greene has never sought to scrap our missile defense programs around the world. He has never been on record having spoken ill of his country while on foreign soil. Most importantly, Alvin Greene has never proclaimed that he would fundamentally change this country.
While Jim DeMint is not going to be unseated this November, it is noteworthy that his opponent, who has been laughed off by the liberal media, could be a lot worse. Even Greene’s economic stimulus plan of manufacturing action figures of himself would create more net jobs than the $787 billion monstrosity we suffered 17 months ago. Sometimes less is more.