Yesterday morning, ABC News tried to get answers out of baffling Democratic Senate candidate Alvin Greene. They got a series of stutters and a view of his baby shoes as a reward. Then Shepard Smith at Fox News tried, and, well, that didn’t go so well. The theater continued tonight, with Keith Olbermann giving it the ol’ college try. It wasn’t much better.
Rather than the delightfully combative tone of Smith’s interview, which ended in an anti-climatic “Mr. Greene, South Carolina’s candidate from the Democratic party to be a Senator in the United States Senate,” Olbermann treated Greene like one would interview a child that won a contest to be on the TV, and now got to explain his science project. Except Greene’s science project is his campaign, and he’s too shy or uninformed or just plain confused to really explain what his campaign even is.
Olbermann, presumably having seen previous interviews with Greene, decided specificity was the way to go, asking if he had campaign rallies, or literature, or canvassing. The interview tactic made this the most successful Greene interview so far, mostly because it got actual information out of him on what the Greene campaign was like: yes, there was campaign literature, and there was door-to-door canvassing. Greene seemed not to understand what “campaign rallies” were, and repeated that everything about the campaign was “informal.”
Sadly, he continued to refuse to talk about his felony pornography charges (he stands accused of showing obscene material to a woman at a university), but insisted that he was neither a plant nor was he going to back down, giving Olbermann an emphatic “no, sir” when asked if he was going to step aside for a more legitimate candidate to take his place.
Olbermann seemed suspicious of Greene after the interview– though who wouldn’t be?– and pointed out a factoid that seemed to have been lost in this entire saga: in South Carolina, primaries are open, and Republicans can vote in the Democratic primary and vice versa. He also mentioned the fact that Greene’s lawyer seemed to be in the background of the interview feeding him answers.
For Greene, at least the appearance wasn’t a complete failure. Afterwards, while talking to guest Robert Klein, Olbermann admitted that “I’d vote for him over [Sen. Jim] DeMint, but that’s another story.”
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