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Alvin Greene’s primary win in the South Carolina primary is interesting.  An internet search shows that Greene is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.  Was he a political science or drama major?  Clearly, he is brighter than he is showing.

Speculation is that he is some source of plant and time will tell.  I do know that the voters in South Carolina should pay better attention to candidates and if the list of candidates is not to their liking, they should skip that race and basically vote “none of the above.”   We should do the same in Georgia.

If Rep. Clyburn is correct and shenanigans are involved, this lovely southern state is doing itself an injustice by making politics into a silly game. The personal attacks on candidate for govenor Nikki Haley aren’t coming from southern gentlemen—gentle men is the term.  The two major parties have found that this is the year that regular voters are not taking instructions from them and I am loving it. President Obama’s election signal this coming situation because the party said it was Senator Clinton turn but Obama got the nod.  The people spoke.  WhileObama is my guy, Clinton would be kick tail in the Gulf region.  She is tough.

The Tea Party has more influence in the GOP than their few moderates while independent-minded Democrats have wrestled some of Organized Labor’s tradition power.  Remember, many Obama supporters are new to the game and don’t or won’t follow the rules of cigar-clomping party bosses.  We will see how this wild season turns out but hopefully understanding and reasonable leaders will prevail.  

If Greene was really “between opportunities,” he is crazy like a fox for taking the chance to become an overnight celebrity like those reality stars. However, he should have done it above-board to show respect to the USC Gamecock Nation, his military buddies and his family.

Since the World Cup is in South Africa, I am reminded of Nelson Mandela first trip to America.  Ted Koppel asked him why his organization, the ANC, associated with groups the U.S. government hates.  Mandela said, “Mr. Koppel, a drowning man doesn’t ask which hands pull him from the water.”  If Greene was drowning in debt, we will see if he made a wise move or squandered his 15 minutes by becoming a political pawn.  Senate DeMint’s reelection is happening anyway.


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Some voters are very informed this year and that is a good thing.  With the economy, foreign wars and the oil disaster, regular folks and the media are watching the White House and Congress.  The GOP has a well-earned reputation for keeping their members in line on key issues but the Democrats are starting to flex their big muscles also.  Well, alright now.

House leadership member South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn’s recent trip to Augusta, Georgia, is being analyzed. Members of congress often travel outside their districts.  For example, a member of the Ag Committee looks at farm production and research all over the nation.  Usually, they follow congressional courtesy by informing their “dear colleague” who generally joins them. 

Of course, ballers like Clyburn go everywhere as part of their duties and visiting a neighboring state is not rare.  If the spent nuclear fuel rods at the Savannah River Site go wrong, that radiation is not stopping at the GA-SC line.

One could speculate that Clyburn coming to the Augusta area without doing a fundraiser or supporting for Barrow is a sign (like a brush back pitch in baseball) that the congressman shouldn’t get too far away from his Dem roots—after that healthcare reform and several other votes.  Wild speculation could be that House leadership is openly dissing Barrow in a sly effort to help him by distancing themselves from him.   

The Augusta area real Democrats and Obama supporters have issues with Barrow’s no votes on some key national issues. Barrow might flirt with the Right but Rep. Jim Marshall is in love.  The Marshall camp must hope that voters who are more Obamacrats than Democrats don’t get “too much information.”  In the piney woods of Georgia, we say, “you got to dance with the one who brought you.”  

When I worked at the university in Albany, Georgia, I saw Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois eating at a downtown bistro.  He was in his hometown for his father’s funeral and said that the local congressman was gracious in offering his district office if needed during this difficult time.  That’s how you do it.  Rush was a member of the Black Panthers back in the day and spoke to the Black staff organization when I was on the Hill.  He told us that power is like the might elephant and that a baby elephant is trained to walk in circles at the circus by driving a metal rod into the ground and attaching a chain.

After the elephant grows to full size, circus workers push the rod into the ground by hand because the trained elephant doesn’t realize it’s power to break free…. sometimes no chain is needed.  Regular folks don’t have the information that we are free and that political leaders work for us.  Bobby Rush is a smart guy and he was the last person to defeat Barrack Obama in an election.  If the college students who supported Obama start using social networking to sweat certain AWOL Democrats, it would be on and popping like Rush in his revolutionary youth and the Tea Party now.

Sting: Too Much Information


This post continues my little series with the Police album “Ghost in the Machine” as background.  I know that the video is from Sting without the Police and that for some strange reason dude is wearing a dress but the sista sing background is nice.  Again, Ghost Vote candidates who don’t listen.  ” Too Much Information” was the jam with my college friends.

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