Sick of it all?

Roger L. Simon:

Ever since viewing his depressing and disconnected “energy” speech last week, I have been mulling whether Barack Obama actually wants to be president anymore. That was an address given by a man who looked very much like he didn’t want to be there, didn’t want to continue. He appeared slumped and worn, as if he aged eighteen years in eighteen months. His demeanor was oddly distracted.

I am not being metaphorical here – I am quite serious. The more I have thought about this, the more I am convinced Barack Obama no longer wishes to be president. The degree that he admits this to himself, I am not sure. But I rather suspect that in the small hours of the morning he fantasizes he were anywhere but 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And who could blame him? By almost any measure, he is doing a terrible job.

I suppose it might be ok to dream that he won’t accept his party’s nomination in ’12…

The Country’s In The Very Best Of Hands…

Or we’re screwed.  One or the other.

I am genuinely uncertain what to think about this Alvin Greene guy.

No doubt you’ve heard the story by now of Alvin “No Comment” Greene, who won the South Carolina Democrat Party primary for US Senate.  He’s the nominee, with 61 percent of the vote, to run against (and presumably be slaughtered by) incumbent Republican Senator Jim DeMint.

Democrat Senate Nominee Alvin Greene of South Carolina
He's got 'em.

The odd thing about Greene is… well, everything about the guy is odd.  For starters, he’s an unemployed veteran of the US Air Force (he was discharged honorably, but not voluntarily – he was pushed out, apparently).  No one really knew who he was, he got his campaign started by dropping off a $10,000 check to SC Dem party headquarters, and then did pretty much nothing to campaign.  He claims the money was his own personal cash, but there’s that whole “unemployed veteran” thing that makes it seem unlikely that he’d have ten grand just laying around somewhere to blow on a US Senate campaign that he’s almost guaranteed to lose.

So we’ve got a candidate who filed to run in the strangest way possible, didn’t actually campaign once he filed, has raised absolutely no money for his campaign, and still managed to win over the favored candidate by a healthy margin.

And it only gets stranger.  It turns out that Mr. Greene is facing felony obscenity charges for showing obscene images to a female college student and then suggesting that they go up to her room.  This occurred, apparently, not in a big public computer lab on the college campus, but in the smaller, card-access-only lab in a dorm housing mostly female freshmen.  When questioned on this issue by pretty much every media outlet that has managed to get in touch with him, his only response is some form of “no comment.”

One might wonder why no one bothered to bring this up before the primary election so that the voters could, you know, vote intelligently, but that’s water under the bridge at this point.  Horrible South Carolina congressman and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn is alleging that this is all part of some conspiracy to plant candidates in SC Congressional races, and for once I’d be inclined to agree… and yet, I just can’t bring myself to do so because I can’t get around the question of why? I mean, I suppose that perhaps the Republicans could have thrown Greene into the mix somehow, but why should they?  DeMint is almost as close as the GOP gets to a lock.  Why bother with the skullduggery in a race you’re almost guaranteed to win?  And lord knows the SC Republicans have been sort of busy making themselves look like complete morons via their conduct in their own gubernatorial primary, what with all the allegations of infidelity and the “sacred honor” and whatnot.

And then there’s this:

After privately meeting with mystery Senate candidate Alvin Greene at a Columbia television station this afternoon, South Carolina State Rep. Bakari Sellers came away believing that Greene is sincere but perhaps misguided in his much-scrutinized bid for Senate.

“I don’t believe he’s a plant,” Sellers told TPMmuckraker in an interview after his meeting with Greene. “I think he just kind of doesn’t know what he’s getting into.”

Sellers added: “I don’t think there’s anything nefarious going on. I think he actually did save his money,” a reference to the $10,440 candidatefiling fee the unemployed Greene paid in March…

…Todd Rutherford, another Democratic state representative who met with Greene today alongside Sellers, told TPMmuckraker, “Before I got to my third question, I could tell that something was awry,” adding, “I don’t know whether everything is OK.”

Rutherford, an attorney, said that if Greene were his client, he would move for a mental evaluation. “If there’s a joke he doesn’t get the joke. If someone paid him to do this, they certainly exploited someone who is vulnerable. It’s not even funny, it’s just sad.”

So perhaps Greene is, in his own special way, legit.  South Carolina Democrats have been calling for him to drop out now that the felony charges have come to light, but again, I have to say why should he? He was on the ballot; he had an opponent; the opponent presumably could have dug into Greene’s record and brought this to light before the election.  And of course Greene hasn’t been convicted of anything, and he meets the basic legal requirements to run, so… why shouldn’t he run?  After all, as Ann Althouse notes, he won:

Now, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn has called for an investigation. Intowhat? People had to vote for Alvin Greene, and he got 60% of the vote. It would be interesting to know why the people of South Carolina voted the way they did, but I don’t think you should sic the government on someone who wins against the odds.

The million dollar question is right there – why in heaven’s name did the people of SC vote for this guy? Are South Carolina Democrats really this careless?  Are they stupid?  Are they fed up with the state party enough to vote for this guy over the party’s choice?  Even if Greene were a plant, he won 60% of the vote. Were the voters plants too?  Did mass amounts of Republicans cross over to screw with the Ds?  That doesn’t seem to be the case.  Perhaps the fact that Greene was alphabetically first on the ballot… but that can’t be it, can it?

This might end up being the most interesting political sideshow in history.

UPDATE: It appears that Greene’s win is just a random occurrence, which can happen when both candidates are almost completely unknown.

It’s nice to constantly be generalized using stereotypes that may or may not have applied to my grandparents.

CNN claims that Obama didn’t dare be anything but über-cool about the oil spill because us white folks would get all creeped out by the “angry black man.”


There are times that I hate the left and the media more than others.  This is one of those times.

Seriously, dude – Even Chris “Tingles” Matthews can’t believe you haven’t talked with Tony Hayward


Look, I know you’re busy and all what with having to figure out how to best ration me out of the health care system when I get old and dumping even more money into large burning pits, but you’re starting to look like a massive tool and I wanted to point out that you might want to actually start acting like an executive and talking to the people in charge at BP instead of, you know, trying to come up with a really pithy turn of phrase to describe your outrage or sending Eric Holder and his crack team of undersea lawyers down to the gulf to clog the leak with lawsuits.

Seriously:  even Chris Matthews – who seemed to be physically attracted to you for quite a while there – is now openly questioning your competency:

Don’t forget – your entire campaign was based on the supposed desire to establish open, competent governance that was responsive to the people.  It’s kind of hard to argue that the “open” and “responsive to the people” parts didn’t go up in flames with the Obamacare fiasco, and at this point any faint hint of competency that still remains attached to your administration is pretty much in tatters.  And that’s me being very generous.

If you’re looking for someone who might be able to give you some pointers on a way forward now that you’ve pretty much botched this thing as badly as humanly possible, might I suggest

Please, sir, for the sake of the Gulf residents, reach out to experts who have experience holding oil companies accountable. I suggested a few weeks ago that you start with Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources, led by Commissioner Tom Irwin. Having worked with Tom and his DNR and AGIA team led by Marty Rutherford, I can vouch for their integrity and expertise in dealing with Big Oil and overseeing its developments. We’ve all lived and worked through the Exxon-Valdez spill. They can help you. Give them a call. Or, what the heck, give me a call.

I know, I know – calling her for help would be unthinkable.  But a couple of weeks ago, a massive gusher of crude spewing from a destroyed well and fouling beaches from the Mississippi delta to Panama City (and potentially far beyond) was unthinkable, right?  And you have, in the past, expressed a willingness to talk with evil people.

Oil-covered pelican
"Never again," Obama said. Remember that?

C’mon, man.  You represent the party that believes that government can solve any problem, anywhere, any time.  And heck, this problem is actually happening in a place that the Federal government has responsibility for.  That’s you, by the way.  You’re the chief executive of the Federal government. You’re looking for someone’s ass to kick?  How about you get off your ass and start moving some oil containment booms into place?  Work with BP and get some supertankers out there to suck up the oil.  DO SOMETHING.  Because every day that goes by makes you look like a bigger ass, ripe for the kickin’.


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