This was a supposedly a big week in United States Democracy, a number of state primaries and opportunities for election pundits to opine. My favorite bit of analysis was Moira Liason's statement on NPR yesterday, she said "the primaries demonstrated both the power and the limits of power of the Tea Party." Thank you for that. Most of the coverage concerns California and Arkansas. But what about South Carolina? The above tweet is from a noted Teabagger talking about Alvin Greene. I wish someone could get him on the radio! According to this piece from Mother Jones, Greene is "an unemployed 32-year-old black Army veteran with no campaign funds, no signs, and no website" who won the SC state primary. How did he do that? The consensus suggests a plot, a Greene plant so to speak. Is this the power of the tea party? Newsweek suggests that Alvin Greene has a better name than his opponent Vic Rawl, "perhaps voters chose based on their reaction to the names, which appeared as “Alvin M. Greene” and 'Vic Rawl.' Maybe “Senator Greene” has a nicer ring than 'Senator Rawl.'" Hmm. Unfortunately this story might be over by the time you read this blog post - as evidence has now emerged that Greene has a dirty record - nudie pictures and co-eds. Whoops - but If we have more candidates like Greene though, I will pay more attention come November.