mericans have spent weeks trying to figure out Alvin Greene, says Kathleen Parker in The Washington Post. An unemployed veteran nobody had heard of, Greene entered South Carolina's Democratic senate primary with "no campaign, no ads, no yard signs," yet defeated a well-known former state representative. Who is this "remote, expressionless man"? A real-life version of Forrest Gump and other fictional nobodies who become somebodies:
If Greene were to defeat incumbent Jim DeMint — and stranger things routinely happen in the Palmetto State — Republicans would have to be gracious as one of their favorite tropes became manifest. That would be William F. Buckley's famous statement, beloved by conservatives, that he would rather be governed by the first 2,000 names in the Boston phone book than by the Harvard faculty.
At a time when "ordinary" is the new cool — and know-nothingness a badge of honor — Greene is a man in full. When nearly everyone associated with the Obama administration is Harvard-groomed, Greene is poison to their Ivy League.
Joe the Plumber, meet Alvin the Gump.
Read the full article at The Washington Post.
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