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I absolutely refuse to believe that that man has a high school diploma, let alone a bachelor's degree. He couldn't even answer simple questions on Countdown.
"Join the Greene Team"? Yeah, I'm not batting for that team.
This is very 90s. Reminds me of the basic HTML class I took in middle school where we all got to make our own webpages. My webpage was about Winne the Pooh and the Backstreet Boys. Wow, I’m showing my age…
if you don't believe that Greene could be a product of the American Public Education System, I have some Gulf Shrimp to sell to you on the cheap cheap.
My favorite page is the Take Action page. Inspiring!
You know what...if you don't agree with Green on the issues, speak to that. To ridicule him because he isn't articulate isn't right. To joke about the design of his website is petty. Are we in middle school? Are the well-to-do kids taunting the kid who doesn't have any money for new clothes and receives free lunches?
What's to be gained? What's added to the political discourse by pointing out the deficiencies of Greene's website?
Really, is this change we can believe in?
Some of you really need to check yourselves.
I can see your point, but I (and many others) poke fun at all politicians, political figures and their associates. I make fun of McCain for being old. I call Obama the Great Hopemongerer. I called Harold Ford Jr. a "pretty princess." I've said many, many things not nice about Sarah Palin. I call Joe Biden "Mad Dawg." I once dedicated a fake, mocking mixtape to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. I laugh loud, deep and long at Michael Steele. I refer to Al Sharpton as my uncle and I call political pundit Roland Martin AND Sen. Roland Burris "Uncle Rolly Rolls." Either Greene is a grown man who chose on his own accord to run for office and put himself out there for public consumption ... or he's not. Greene is not a child. No one put a gun to his head and made him run (that we know of). There is going to be a debate at some point (*shudders*.). And he's running for the US Senate. Not dog catcher. Either we take him seriously as a candidate, support him, mock him or become grossly indifferent and ignore the whole boondoggle. I've chosen laughing at it.
This will not be the first time I will chose this option and I don't think there is anything wrong with this.
Also, there are PLENTY of folks who don't like me, my blog or what I have to say, but I did put this blog out there for people to read and comment on, so I can't get all upset if people sometimes comment in ways I don't like or think are unfair. So either we're going to treat Greene with kid gloves and a safety helmet or we're going to treat him just like we treat everyone else who chooses to run for office. I'm just doing what I always do.
I hear what you are saying Danielle. In my opinion this is different.
Neither Harold Ford, John McCain nor Roland Burris had their mental capacity questioned by Don Lemon on CNN (to his face). Would Lemon have done that to the other people you listed? This man is being treated like an adult with special needs. It's not funny.
I think the conversation surrounding the candidacy of Green really showcases the elitism prevalent in some corners of our community.
Second, I think the way Greene is being treated discourages people with passion for public service from pursuing elected office. Can you imagine the field day people would have if someone like Fannie Lou Hamer dared to run for political office. Not that I'm saying that Green is passionate or apathetic. it's just that he wouldn't be taken seriously. We have enough people educated at ivy league schools in the public sphere, we need people with different backgrounds informing public policy.
Everything and everyone is so slick and polished; no one's really saying or doing anything.
Alvin Greene's awkwardness is the most honest thing I've seen in a long time and I appreciate it. I just wish his candidacy was taken seriously.
people questioned bush's mental capacity ALL THE TIME.
Not being the most articulate person is one thing, but Alvin Greene has failed to answer basic questions at a minimum level of coherence. (See The Root's interview: http://www.theroot.com/views/alvin-greene-real-joe-plumber) I think Fannie Lou Hamer, were she alive today, would have some real, convincing talking points! I agree that public service shouldn't be elitist, but this guy simply isn't competent. (Neither was his primary opponent, apparently.) The most popular explanation for his primary win is that he was first on the ballot. Not very inspiring, to say the least.
In all fairness, though, some official U.S. government sites look just as bad: http://www.fastcompany.com/pics/best-and-worst-government-web-design
Well, I have to say, to be taken more seriously, Greene put up a website. The website is seriously wack. The candidacy is seriously off. And after watching his more serious interview with Olbermann on Countdown (b/c Lemon on CNN was not serious, I agree) I have a hard time seeing how anyone can take Greene seriously. I know I can't.
Got from a "Build Your Own Website" kit. Retro is in!
:( a very sincere :(
I GUARANTEE he made that using the old web template on Microsoft Word from Windows 95. That's a complete mess.
@ Monica: Maybe people wouldn't treat Mr. Greene like an adult with special needs if he didn't present himself like an adult with special needs and I say this as some who's been working with adults with special needs for almost ten years. Not being articulate is one thing. But this man doesn't even seem to be "plugged in" when interviewed. Every interview the man has makes me want to put my hand through the tv screen and snap my fingers in his face just to see if he understands the words coming out of the interviewer's mouth. If he wants to be taken seriously, then he needs to take himself seriously. An actual position on an issue (any issue!) would be really helpful. Sarah Palin is as dumb as a sack of hammers but at least she TRIES to make herself look like she knows what she's talking about. If you want to be ambitious enough to be a black man running for US Senate in one of the reddest states in the Union then BE ambitious!! Don't act like you'd be just as happy drinking ripple in your daddy's basement.
Notice how quickly people forget about the insults to Bush's intelligence and demeanor when it is a black democrat that is now the butt of the joke. I'm surprised no one has called it racism.
Peace, Love and ChocolateTiffany
Greene is being treated for the way he presents himself. I happen to believe that there IS a standard, of basic ' articulateness' that must be present for candidates, Black or White, but especially Black candidates. He can't answer basic questions without making Forrest Gump look like a genius. Has nothing to do with education either, because all of know Black folks, on the ground, in the trenches, without the 'education', who would have been perfectly fine on Keith Olbermann's show - not because they would sound like a Harvard-educated professor, but because they can put into coherent thoughts as to why they are running.
We have a local perennial guy in my state that seems to run for anything and everything. He's the ' activist' type, and even though I won't vote for him, I have yet to hear him on a tv or radio interview without thoughts and putting forth concrete propositions as to a) what the other guy is doing wrong, and b) how he would correct the situation if in office.
Quite honestly, I don't think it's too much to ask someone RUNNING FOR THE UNITED STATES SENATE, to be able to string 10 sentences together in a coherent plan of action.
Greene has not done it.
I keep on coming back to the same conclusions:1. He's running game, and needs to be mocked for selling out for so little2. He truly is the Black Sarah Palin, and if so, we shouldn't even be having a discussion as to why he should be mocked.
the website continues to point out example upon example of why he's a running joke - and, I don't find it funny, cause he's wasting folks' time. The people of South Carolina need someone serious to fight for them, and Greene is not it.
These days you have to come way harder then this.
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