South Carolina is exactly what The Founding Fathers had in mind
Remember Al Green? Man, I sure do:
Right after Barry White and George Clinton, the dude could sing. When he set the mood, the clothes fell off. Didn’t even need a whole lot of tequila. I’m sure every 40 to 50 something has a good memory or two of Al Green. So, given the chance to show their appreciation for all he’s done for forty years, South Carolina Democrats selected Al Green as their candidate to be Senator of South Carolina.
Only problem is, the Al(vin) Green(e) they voted for is not the crooner. In fact, right now, he’s not anything. He’s unemployed. Well, that’s not totally true, he does occasionally show porn to college students. He’s worked hard on his campaign too, sorta. Being unemployed, he’s ready to go to bat for South Carolina in DC to tackle unemployment. On economics, he has a unqiue take on the bailout fiasco of the last couple of years, ”TARP? What’s that?”
This guy did serve his country in the military. So, I’m not going to trash him that much. He is what he is. My gripe is a little bigger than that. Originally, US Senators were selected by state legislators. Over time, and by 1913, all states ceded that right. Popular vote is now the expected norm. There is no guarantee whatsoever that the old way of doing would have prevented Alvin Greene from being the party nonimee. But, I’m sure, they probably would have known he wasn’t the religious soul singer, but instead the unemployed “obscenity dissminator”. One can argue the merits of both, but they’re obviously not similar political pursuits.
Really, given Cynthia McKinney, Hank Johnson, and a BUNCH of other idiots elected lately, I often wonder just how much better off we are assuring “every vote counts”?