Jon Stewart, comedic host of The Daily Show, usually gets his facts right, often more so than the so-called MSM. But now Stewart blamed SC Democrats for the plight of the opponent (Vic Rawl) of the hapless Alvin Greene. The problem with this is Stewart’s wrong.
There was funny business in Greene’s running. There were voting machine irregularities. There was an influx of Republican voters. And, there is so much more to this story than Stewart would suggest, much more.
Consider the following:
• Green WAS likely a plant, according to US rep James Clyburn. Clyburn knows something about that because he has been the victim of similar sabotage.
• Greene was unemployed.
• He had no money and even claimed he didn’t so he could get a public defender last year.
• He magically had the money to spend over $10 k to file for his Senate run. Yet (again) he had no money.
• He filed no campaign finance forms, as required by law, and has not identified the source of the $10,400 he spent.
• He did not campaign, send out mailings, or even have a website. So, it was not a real campaign. How did the word get out? I am not buying Stewart’s explanation. Here’s why:
• In at least 25 precincts, Greene received more votes than were actually cast. Hear the rest of Olbermann’s litany of irregularities at the above (most recent) link.
• There was a 40% increase in turnout for the Democratic primary.
• Voters reported pushing the vote button having voted for Vic Rawl only to have the results page show Alvin Greene.
• There were other, apparently systemic, voting machine irregularities.
• AND crossover votes by Republicans were allowed.
And lest there be any doubt, check out the best blogger on election reform issues anywhere, Bradblog here. I love Jon Stewart. However, he’s done a real disservice to justice and electoral fairness in this instance. Contrary to Stewart’s rant-claim, there was and still is funny business related to this race. Now the AG won’t even look into the complaint. The fix is in. It also appears that Jon Steward fell for it. One thing is clear now: Skulduggery is alive and well in SC politics. It is also far from the first time.