Both South Carolina State Senator Jake Knotts (R-Lexington) and South Carolina Democrats have revealed their own particular flavor of racism in this year’s election cycle.
Knotts is the idiot who now famously called President Obama and South Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley “ragheads.” Maybe that should be the “r” word. He apologized, but it doesn’t count because Knotts is a serial bigot and “d” word.
South Carolina Democrats, appalled that their own white-bread candidate for Senate, Vic Rawl, lost the nomination in the June 8 primary to Alvin Greene, tried to overturn Greene’s 59% win. Greene is an African-American with an odd background who happens to be facing a felony obscenity charge.
African-American and defeated Democrat gubernatorial candidate State Sen. Robert Ford(e) (D-Charleston) said the vote was tainted, that voters intuitively knew Greene is African-American and that’s why they cast their ballots for him. “No white folks have an ‘e’ on the end of Green.” Ford(e) said. “The blacks after they left the plantation couldn’t spell, and they threw an ‘e’ on the end.”
I’ve heard a lot of cultural “observations” about African-Americans in my time, but extra-vowelization is a first.
Leading the charge against Greene’s primary victory is none other than South Carolina’s 6th District Congressman Democrat Jim (I-Name-My-Children-After-Cuts-Of-Meat) Clyburn(e). Clyburn(e), the African-American U.S. House Majority Whip contends that Greene was “a plant” and further blamed the voting machines as reasons why he won over Rawl. Of course, Clyburn(e) says he doesn’t know who might have planted Greene, probably because it still wouldn’t explain how Greene got that 59%.
But … aren’t they the same voting machines used in Clyburn(e)’s 90% primary win? And the same used in white guy Vincent Sheheen’s win over Robert Ford(e)?
Clyburn(e) said something very revealing:
Clyburn … told TPM in an interview today he believes at least two other Democratic candidates on Tuesday’s primary ballot were planted by people with deep pockets and nefarious motives.
“The party’s choice in the 1st Congressional district lost. The party’s choice for U.S. Senate lost. Sounds like a pattern to me,” Clyburn told TPM. He said Greene was one of three Democratic candidates in three separate races whom the state party didn’t back or even recognize. All three candidates are African-American.
“The party’s choice in the 1st Congressional district” was Robert Burton, a white guy. who lost 56% to 44% to African-American Ben Frasier(e), .
So, “the (Democrat) party’s choices” – white guys – lost to African-Americans and this upsets Jim Clyburn(e). Like Jake Knotts, Ford(e) and Clyburn(e) seem to be upset that a minority candidate would get the approval of so many voters.
As I wrote in a previous post;
And it’s shocking – SHOCKING I tells ya – that Congressman Jim Clyburn(e), one of the Democrat Party’s most prominent members, would question the legitimacy of a veteran and an African-American! Is this just yet ANOTHER instance in which established politicians are trying to keep a brother down in favor of a white-bread good-ol’-boy? Yeah, I know Clyburn is African-American; that just makes this all the more disturbing.
To its credit, the state Democrat Party rejected the appeals to throw out Greene’s primary victory.
Isn’t it interesting that the South Carolina Republican Party can nominate (or nearly so) two minority candidates, one for governor and one for Congress (Tim Scott(e), 1st District) without the least bit of angst? Oh, and Scott(e) is favored in a runoff against Strom Thurmond’s son, Paul. And, even more ironic, those “right-wing, nut job, redneck ‘tea baggers'” are a huge majority of the base electorate for both Haley and Scott(e)!
As the late Marvin Gaye(e) sang:
Oh, mercy mercy me
Oh, things ain’t what they used to be