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 title=The mystery victory of Alivn Greene in South Carolina's senatorial primary defies explanation.  A pattern of voting irregularities has emerged, including 25 precincts where the reporter number of votes cast for Alvin Greene exceeds the number of persons voting.  Later, that was apparently discovered to be a mistake.  We get lots of mistakes in SC and lots we can't explain.

Image, Right, Vic Rawl (wearing red tie, white shirt) with supporters at campaign kickoff.

I was with Vic Rawl when he posted a You Tube video announcing he was considering challenging Jim Demint's reelection. I was at the event where we all realized something had gone terribly wrong last Tuesday.  I was not in charge, but Vic Rawl was a decent man I was happy to support.

More on the campaign in "there's more."

South Carolina uses the discredited touch screen voting machine.  http://www.flcv.com/...  There is no paper trail for voting.  The only record of the votes cast is found in the memory of the machine.  This is the system Florida bought to replace the hanging chads and later junked in favor of a marked paper ballot, scanning system.  The reason the touch screen system was junked were repeated occassions on which unexplainable results appeared, undermining the entire process of governance, even for the winners.

The problem with any machine which stores information only in volitile computer memory is that are several ways to change the results.  Code can be inserted into the machine to change the results by flipping votes from one candidate or party to another.  This can be done over a computer network from a remote location if the machines are connected to such a network.  Such code can delete itself just as your own computer deletes huge amounts of data in ordinary operation.

Vic Rawl won the hand marked, paper absentee ballots by large margins in every county of the state.  The votes for unknown Greene don't correlate with African American voters or other factors.  

In Kershaw County, where Vincent Sheheen ran a well funded campaign for Governor with strong African American outreach, Greene outpolled Sheheen.  Kershaw is Sheheen's home county.
Active African American leaders can't find significant numbers of African American voters in their communities who voted for Greene or even knew his candidacy existed.

Vic campaigned hard.  He traveled over 20 thousand miles, attended over 80 events,    including many focused on the African American community.  He has the support of some of the state's unions.  A quarter of a million robo calls were sent out, including one voiced by Congressman Spratt.  Active phone banks made thousands of personal calls prior to the election.  African Americans were actively involved with the campaign as both paid staff and volunteers.

All of this was built on a two year long effort to build the Democratic party in South Carolina, including deploying the votebuilder database and training hundreds of people on how to use it.  Regional offices were opened.  OFA, DFA and Wellstone campaign and organizing trianing was conducted for hundreds of people.

The volume of advertising and bulk mail necessary to reach the number of voters who allegedly voted for Greene would have cost a large portion of the Rawl campaign's hard won treasury.  It would have diminished the funds remaining to challenge DeMint.

Of course this campaign was not against DeMint, but the cluster of right wing organizations which have targeted South Carolina's low cost, vulnerable politics for takeover so that life here can be transformed into a corporatist demonstration project.  DeMint is central to their plans.

If they can get what they want here in South Carolina, they'll be trying to bring it to your state later.

No one seriously suggested it was necessary to spend 100 thousand dollars making sure Greene was defeated in the primary in May.    

While phantom candidates have been planted on the Democratic ballot before, no one thought there would be enough Republican cross over voting to put a plant on the general election ballot in November when the Republicans were holding a dirty, sex charged campaign for Governor.
South Carolina has open primaries and has had significant cross over voting events in the past, including "Operation Chaos" where right wing radio broacasters send Republicans into the Democratic Presidential primary to vote for Obama to stop Hillary Clinton, believing Obama could not possible win the general election.

I cannot today account for what happened on Tuesday.  It may be outright election fraud conducted by someone over an internet connection from the other side of the planet paid by some third party. Those responsible state that couldn't happen, but I doubt anyone in South Carolina can actually review the code of the programming for the voting machines.

It may be fraud, random ballot order voting, something else or a combination of factors.

I do know this for certain, the active, committed elements of the Democratic Party in South Carolina, black and white, sought out a replacement candidate for the US Senate when Chad McGowan was considering leaving the race in January.  

Vic Rawl, a decent man with a genuine love of justice and a belief that all people should be treated fairly agreed to take that challenge on.  He worked long and hard under conditions more discouraging that our brothers and sisters in blue states can possibly imagine.

This is a state where people can and are fired from their jobs for having Democratic bumper stickers on their car.  One Rawl volunteer had placed a magnetic backing on their bumper sticker and peeled it off their truck when they were on the job.

A group of dedicated people joined Vic's campaign.  Many, laboring under their own challenges, such as unemployment and living without healthcare, worked long hours.  Other Democrats across the state promised to become involved when the slate was unified after the Governor's nomination was decided.  It would hve been the strongest Democratic ticket in decades.

The national media, which ignored Vic's decent, substantive campaign, eagerly dove into this election when Greene won, extending the humiliating story line that South Carolina is a degenerate, asylum of incompetence and randy excess.  I was shocked to see some of my own web video on MSNBC, a rough, homemade effort from the very start of the campaign.  It wasn't the best video online of Vic.

Had even a fraction of this attention been extended to the Rawl campaign when it mattered, a far better funded and larger campaign would have been able to prepare for the primary.  Of course, if this was done by computer, that might not have made any difference.

In South Carolina the best you can do with what you have often isn't good enough.  There are plenty of people here ready to attack everything a campaign or volunteer does.  

It took over a week for the local paper to report on Vic Rawl's announcement that he was considering a run for the US Senate back in February.  That item was buried deep in the paper.  The reports on Greene have been splashed across the front pages.

This has been bad for South Carolina.  If we have learned that money is important in politics, I can assure you everyone in the Rawl campaign already knew that.  If it proves that votes can't be securely or reliably tabulated on machines without a paper trail, we knew that too.

What we insisted on believing was that a dedicated group of people, who worked long and hard, would at least get a real chance to challenge Jim DeMint.  It had taken three months to get the campaign to the point where people in the state and across the country were beginning to understand that DeMint could face a meaningful challenge.

Victory over Jim DeMint will be a difficult challenge, but an unchallenged Jim Demint is a difficulty for America.  He's relentlessly dishonest about government.  He is part of a right wing wrecking crew that has proved, since the election of President Obama, that breaking things is easier than building them.  It is a strategy which considers every citizen who is rendered bitter and frustrated to be an achievement.

Ultimately men like DeMint have a view of the world where nothing matters but what is bought and sold.  A sense of worth or happiness which doesn't originate in the transfer of money is an obstacle to them.  The family, community and small scale civic and religious institutions are just something to level.  Theirs is the world of BP, the multimillion dollar megachurch and a Walmart full of goods made by slave labor.  

Vic Rawl was a man ready to challenge DeMint.  Vic had people supporting him and a more than nominal amount of resources.  Whatever really happened here, Vic and those people deserve to be applauded for their effort.  More money and more people would have produced a better effort, but that does not mean that these people didn't do all they could.

Like me, they continue to labor on towards something decent and better for their state while many of their peers refuse to even vote any longer.  

Today, those good, hard working people are in incredible pain. Some now believe a lifetime of struggling against long odds has been wasted.  Many wish they could be somewhere else.  We've seen many wonderful people leave, making the work here ever harder.  Nothing hurts more than the awareness that progressives across the nation are insulting their efforts and leaving them all for dead, which aligns the people we believed where our allies precisely with the right wing arrogence we struggle against.

Originally posted to wjhamilton29464 on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 12:06 PM PDT.

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  •  Well written!The plight of Rawls (12+ / 0-)

    and the SC Dems shouldnt be forgotten. I wonder how long before Green slips up and tells all.

  •  It's looking more and more likely... (6+ / 0-)

    that the only explanation has something to do with those voting machines.

    There voting patterns (someone else diaried this this morning or yesterday evening) make no sense.  There is no correlation between urban and rural or black and white...the dude just won everywhere.

    Maybe it was accidental (votes went to the wrong name).  Maybe it was purposeful (tampering, less likely with the number of machines involved).

    In any event...they better figure this out.

    •  What I'd (0+ / 0-)

      want to see is if it is traced back to the DeMint campaign...what do you want to bet they'll set up one of their staffers as having 1. come up with the idea. 2. given the money  and 3. Insist that said staffer was "going rogue" and that rest of the campaign staff had no knowledge of it.

      If I was a drama queen, I'd have a palace...and I don't.

      by imfunnytoo on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 12:25:35 PM PDT

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  •  Do you suppose that DeMint's advisors (5+ / 0-)

    may have wanted to pick their opponent in the general election?

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 12:14:06 PM PDT

  •  this whole thing stinks (4+ / 0-)
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    who is paying the lawyer or ? who was feeding Greene the answers during the Olbermann interview?
    Perhaps you can clarify a misstatement on Salon.com. The writer stated that the number of ballots expected were 1025,000 and there were 190,000.  Is there an extra zero after the one?  My memory of the nos. isn't exact but the placement of the comma is.

    Rove needs to be water boarded.

    by regis on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 12:14:10 PM PDT

  •  does any dem have a shot in Nov? (0+ / 0-)

    It seems like a lot of trouble to rig an election when the winner has no shot in the general.

    •  Slate (11+ / 0-)

      The Democratic Party here needed a strong slate to compete for the Governorship, Secretary of Education and other seats.  Putting that together had been a year long project  Planting Republican puppets on a Democratic ticket makes a unified, party supported campaign impossible. A very promising Democratic candidate for congress was taken out in Charleston.

      The anti union statements by some of these candidates, including Greene and Frasier indicate their instructions are coming from somewhere.

      It's important to understand that DeMint isn't doing this.  It's likely coming out of the right wing operations which fund and control DeMint.  DeMint's not this clever or dangerous.  The people who control him are.  DeMint basically ignores SC.  He's a full time servant of the national, right win agenda.

      William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through www.wjhamilton.com

      by wjhamilton29464 on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 12:39:33 PM PDT

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    •  DeMint was in no way a shoe in (5+ / 0-)

      My money would have still been on DeMint, but it was not a lock.

      LINK

      The greatest trick the devil every pulled was convincing half of America the GOP gives a damn about them

      by blingbling65 on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 01:08:18 PM PDT

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    •  We had better shots in 06 and went 1 for 9 (0+ / 0-)

      To be honest- Gov is the only spot where we have any real firepower this year.  And the guy who won did so by defeating the Sec of Ed (the only dem elected statewide after 2002.  

      Robert Barber was within a wisker of winning the Lt Gov office for Dems in 06 but is running for comptroller this go round.

      We are not even running candidates for Adjutant General or Treasurer.

      To be honest- Rawl just did not have the profile or campaign to really reach people.  I live in Charlesotn County (immediately recognized the county office bulding on Leeds in that pic) and everything other than Gov and what seemed to be a 10 person race for our US rep spot flew under my radar.  If it comes down to the toss of a coin...

  •  Fraiser (2+ / 0-)
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    Another plant candidate Ben Frasier, has a campaign manager who formerly worked for Republican Joe "You Lie" Wilson.  Frasier spent a lot of money on last minute TV ads and took out a promising Democratic candidate for Congress.  Now he's running as an anti union African American Democrat.

    Frasier defeated Col. Robert Burton.  Frasier had been running as a no chance candidate for years, but this time he showed up with expensive TV ads at the last minute, almost certainly Republican funded.

    William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through www.wjhamilton.com

    by wjhamilton29464 on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 01:13:42 PM PDT

    •  Agreed- (0+ / 0-)

      But oddly- I think runnign 205 times might have helped him.  When people walk into the booth they think- oh yeah Ben Frasier.  Completely forgettign they only know it because they see it every 2-4 years.

      The R race with a viable AA candidate, Strom Thurmond's son and Carroll Campbell's son really sucked the air out of the room.  

    •  So did Brown (1+ / 0-)
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      ...who ran against Jim Clyburn.

      Stonewall Strategies is the name of the operation.

      50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

      by TarheelDem on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 02:24:58 PM PDT

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  •  I had thought (2+ / 0-)
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    South Carolina Republicans were split into several factions, and those not belonging to DeMint's dislike him?

    I'm truly surprised that the media hasn't asked where that filing fee came from?

  •  I have a love/hate relationship w/SC.... (6+ / 0-)

    My husband and I have a great circle of friends and enjoy living here.   While it's hot and humid in the summers (currently 99 degrees); the winters are mild.  I'm very active in my county's Democratic Party, however the republicans here drive me absolutely crazy. With this latest fiasco with Greene and feeling the republicans are behind it, I have come to the point where I hate the republican party.  I'm convinced along with Mr. Hamilton that the right wing of the republican party is out to destroy SC.  We are the experiment to total corporate takeover.

    •  Right Wing (3+ / 0-)

      The Right Wing Republicans in SC believe the state's destruction is inevitable.  They're convinced the state is committed to a downward social and economic trajectory.  They want to diminish government and taxes and then pull back behind the walls of their gated communities to load up their guns.

      Half of this is in their heads of course.  Lots of them can't afford the gated community.  They just have a shotgun and a double wide trailer.  

      Racism is a terrible and complex thing.  It is the dominate theme of SC Politics.  It is the glue which holds the Republicans together and the source of their energy.  It is the minefield Democrats attempt to march through.

      William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through www.wjhamilton.com

      by wjhamilton29464 on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 04:09:08 PM PDT

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  •  To be a Democrat in South Carolina (8+ / 0-)

    these days is not for those with a weak fortitude. It takes a thick skin and a lot of courage, and I admire all the time and energy you have put into the party and this election, William..This latest episode is totally frustrating, maddening, and I hope Judge Rawl pursues every avenue in finding out what the heck happened.  I do not buy the various explanations that Greene's name was first, or that no one had heard of Rawl, or that all the African American voters voted for Greene because his name sounded "black".

    This is just too weird. Thank you for trying to get to the truth.

    •  I grew up in SC (4+ / 0-)

      haven't lived there in 20 years, but I can tell you that it is spot on in regards to even intimidation to democrats... I had to develop a thick skin and led with my chin quite frequently.

      Sometimes it is just tiring.  Frankly I think that people that rail rail rail against conservative democrats that have never lived in a place like SC need to spend 6 months there.  They'd have an idea of the willful ignorance and dangerous types there.

      •  You are so right... (3+ / 0-)
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        I live in Colorado most of the year, and in our small mountain town everyone we know, all our friends here, are politically progressive, among them many who would be considered far-left, and I can tell you it is very easy to be a Democrat here, in fact, it is assumed that you are, and it would be uncomfortable to be a Republican.

        !80 degrees to the right is SC, where a Republican like Lindsey Graham is considered a radical subversive because he at times when it suits him, he works with Democrats.

  •  I understand SC is a crossover state (4+ / 0-)

    but is there a record kept of voting history, to see whether significant numbers of former non-Dems requested a Dem ballot in Greene's precincts?

  •  The question of who paid the $10,400... (3+ / 0-)
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    for Greene to be on the ballot still remains front and center... and those easily-manipulated voting machines.

    " But as Americans, and as a nation, we will not be terrorized. We will not cower in fear. We will not be intimidated." - President Obama, 5/4

    by BarackStarObama on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 02:05:20 PM PDT

  •  Alvin Greene for Senate (4+ / 0-)
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    One of the things I learned as a practicing attorney is to try to make your client understand that the facts are the facts.  You take the facts you have, not the facts you wish you had, and build the best case you can.  Fraud almost never works.

    The fact is that Alvin Greene won the primary.

    This guy is probably more educable than Sarah Palin, since he probably realizes he has a lot to learn.  Or, if he really has that Political Science degree ??? Maybe we have a possum candidate here.  Could be a really brilliant move, lowering expectations as much as possible, only to arise and skewer DeMint in the first debate.

    Most probably, we have been given a lemon, and we know what to do with that.

    Let's get behind Greene !  If you cannot win the election this time, that does not mean there is nothing to be won. See:  Arkansas.  

    If SC wants a comedy, maybe they would learn more from that than from a serious campaign. Make DeMint out to be the clown he is. It should stick.

    Run the whole campaign out of the Colbert Report studios, Steven is known to be big on South Carolina issues.

    Lots of slogans come to mind.  
    Chant:
    We've already done it once
    Let's elect another dunce

    Buttons:
    The ABD  Anybody but DeMint party

    The ADD Any Democrat will Do contingent

    Paint South Carolina Greene

    Better Greene than mean.

    DeMint belongs in de Julep, not in de Senate

    Homo Sapiens: the first species to go extinct by choice.

    by greatferm on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 02:13:57 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for putting this up (3+ / 0-)
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    The situation is truly a mystery as is the winning candidate.

    Is it likely that the US Attorney will get involved as Jim Clyburn suggested, or will that have to wait on evidence showing probable cause.

    At the very least, it appears that the SC Democratic Party offices need improvement in their procedures.  There should be at least some vetting of candidates that, while not excluding anyone, at least makes information available about likely legal issues.  And the establishment of a committee for filing should have some transparency as to exactly who is on that committee.

    And someone should insist on the part of Democrats that candidates file their required FEC reports immediately, given the controversy about this election.  That would at least begin to clear up some of the evidence.

    I have been rough on the SC Democratic Party leadership because I've seen that to be a weakness in all local efforts to win elections.  And I do think that there needs to be new blood in the position of the chair.  Creating dynasties no matter how well they might have performed in the past doesn't seem to be helping get SC Democrats back on track.

    Again, thanks. And keep us updated because there is a heck of a lot of speculation going on.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 02:15:14 PM PDT

    •  State Party (1+ / 0-)
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      The state party can't refuse to allow these people to run.  People don't register by party here.  It's perfectly legal to be a conservative, right wing Democrat.  Why anyone would choose to be one, I can't explain unless they just wanted to end run around the Republicans.  However, there are several right wing fringe parties in SC for that purpose.

      The State Party resisted putting one of these candidates, a convicted Felon running for Congress on their website and litigation is pending.  Thankfully he lost.

      There were probably 3 plants in the primary for Federal office and one perpetual candidate that was picked up by some right wing organization.  Been Frasier has a Republican campaign manager and ran advertising.  He defeated Robert Burton.

      A fully solid effort against all of them would have cost at least 400 thousand dollars, but it only cost about 25 thousand dollars to have those candidates file.  That would have been a massive drain on the resources of the campaigns.

      Democrats in other states where they're outnumbered and outgunned financially need to watch out for tactics like this.

      William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through www.wjhamilton.com

      by wjhamilton29464 on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 04:01:07 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, the dynastic proclivities of the South (0+ / 0-)

      are detrimental to all sides.  While it's true in some cases that apples do not fall far from trees, it's also true that the apples are more likely to rot, if left lying under the tree, than produce another healthy tree.
      People who rely on ancestral connections for social promotion have a tendency towards laziness and personal incompetence.  Otherwise, they'd make an effort to distinguish themselves in some new, non-traditional enterprise.  Stroking the ancestral ego, which is what "heritage" is about, is not good for the stroker or the stroked.

      The Constitution is not a menu for an exclusive diner.

      by hannah on Sun Jun 13, 2010 at 03:07:56 AM PDT

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  •  Can Rawls run as a write-in candidate? (0+ / 0-)

    We had some screw-ups in candidates elected in the primary.  In Indiana a candidate that ran in the primary cannot be a write-in, but others can.  Our deadline is July to apply as a write-in.

    If Rawls could run as a write-in candidate that would be excellent.  There's been so much publicity about the situation and honest Democrats would want to vote for Rawls.

    "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." ~Albert Einstein

    by ParkRanger on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 03:13:52 PM PDT

    •  Vic's Pledge (1+ / 0-)
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      Like all candidates in the Democratic Primary, Vic Rawl signed a pledge not to run for office if he did not win the Primary.

      Vic already have the nomination of the Family Workers party, a new effort by the Unions.  However, he'll have to withdraw from there and they will have to find a new candidate.

      It's hard to explain how vicious and chaotic SC politics is.  Its all about race, favors and personality.  Issues hardly matter most of the time.

      William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through www.wjhamilton.com

      by wjhamilton29464 on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 03:52:43 PM PDT

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  •  Just wanted to add the link to the documentary (2+ / 0-)
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    that showed just how to rig voting machines.

    Hacking Democracy

    If I were to design a trojan horse to bring down the Republican party, it would bear an uncanny resemblance to Rand Paul. - #104758

    by mydailydrunk on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 03:21:00 PM PDT

  •  There's gotta be something in the water in SC (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't have any other explanation, maybe it's fluoride levels are too high. ;)

    And when we ask you why, you raise your sticks and cry and we fall.

    by Ninbyo on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 04:17:59 PM PDT

  •  Thank you for this report.....and thank you (2+ / 0-)
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    for your hard work. I wish there were a way to right this wrong.....
    Thank you, Diary Rescue. As always I would have missed this diary without you.

    Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

    by princesspat on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 09:06:19 PM PDT

  •  Excellent writeup and heartbreaking race. (1+ / 0-)
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    Why doesn't he go to the democratic Committee and ask them to relieve him from his pledge not to run. If they then had a joint press conference announcing that on grounds of obvious discrepancy in the facts and the untraceable vote discrepancies, he is released from his pledge and wished good luck on the other party ticket.

    Then we, Kossacks and anyone else we can get need to support him. Big time. We don't have to give to Halter any more, unfortunately. If he would be good for the poorest we should be able to tap into some of the Black groups or those too rich Rap stars. Little Napoleon needs to go.

    At least we could force Deminted to spend money. Damn it, this type of shit goes on too much.

    The Repubs fight dirty and the Dems just stand there sticking to their principled position.  THAT IS NOT WORKING!

    I hope they keep poking into who paid the entrance fee and who funded his living expenses.

    "You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it." - Rabbi Tarfon

    by samddobermann on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 10:42:58 PM PDT

  •  Rawl as a write in vote will be poetic justice (1+ / 0-)
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    Munchkn

    Judge Rawl winning as a write in candidate would be poetic justice and the end of the Republican Southern Strategy.  In 1954, Strom Thurmond won his Senate seat as a write-in candidate. Before that in 1948 he split the Democratic vote to run as a third party Dixiecrat spoiler to defeat Harry Truman. It didn't work but it was the birth of the Republican Southern Strategy. A strategy to prey upon the fear of racial integration in the segregated south.
    Judge Rawl, as one of the few white southern male Democrats left, represents a serious threat to the Republican Southern Strategy.  Jim DeMint was elected because of the Republican Southern Strategy and epitomizes it.  When Vic Rawl beats Jim DeMint it will be a signal that the Republican Southern Strategy is dead.  The person who gave the southern strategy birth sixty years ago was an avowed racist and won by the write-in method; when the Honorable Vic Rawl defeats the Republican Southern Strategy in the form of Jim DeMint by the write-in method, the Judge will be delivering pure poetic justice.  

  •  Thank you Mr. Hamilton (1+ / 0-)
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    The picture you posted inspired my username. I don't think you will find a picture of Jim DeMint surrounded by African-American men.

  •  Very glad your diary was rescued, Mr. Hamilton (0+ / 0-)

    I am accustomed to 'strange goings-on' in SC, but this one is a new one on me.

    I hope it is resolved properly very soon, but that is different from being confident about it.

    Thanks, too, to the Rescue Rangers for keeping this diary afloat.

    "The opposite of war isn't peace, it's CREATION." _ Jonathan Larson, RENT

    by BeninSC on Sun Jun 13, 2010 at 01:57:05 AM PDT

  •  No fluctuations in the vote count once it flipped (1+ / 0-)
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