SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - Comedian and television host Jon Stewart has put South Carolina politics on the national stage again with his Monday night opening to The Daily Show.
"Last week when we as a country were feeling very down about the oil spill and the record breaking war in Afghanistan, America's whoopee cushion, South Carolina, inflated itself with some much-needed political sex scandals and good old fashioned racist comments," Stewart joked in his opening to the Comedy Central news show. "South Carolina has blown up the cushion again."
Stewart opened his news show with a commentary on Alvin Greene, the man who beat Vic Rawl in the June 8 Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate. Greene beat Rawl by more than 30,000 votes for a 59 percent win.
Greene, an unemployed military veteran, stunned South Carolina Democratic Party leaders by winning the nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint. Greene, 32, of Manning, raised no money in the contest, had no signs and no website.
"A scrappy unknown and unemployed veteran; the underdog coming out of nowhere to crush four-term State Rep. Vic Rawl to win the Democratic Primary for the U.S. Senate," Stewart commented. "In any other state, a triumphant story. Only South Carolina can take a silk purse and turn it into a sow's anus."
Stewart featured clips from national coverage of the story, as well as Greene's interviews with CNN, FOX News, ABC News among others.
The state's Democratic Party has asked Greene to withdraw after learning he faces a felony charge of showing pornography to a student at the University of South Carolina. The felony charge carries up to five years in prison.
U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he saw odd tactics with his own primary challenger, and discovered a Republican congressman's campaign manager was running the campaign for Clyburn's opponent.
He said: "I know a Democratic pattern, I know a Republican pattern, and I saw in the Democratic primary elephant dung all over the place."
Clyburn says he does not see himself supporting Greene, and says he believes Greene was planted in the race by someone.
"This is the republicans fault?" Stewart questioned. "Even if they fronted the patsy, y'all voted for him. They didn't trick you. They didn't enter a guy with a misleading name like Grit Gravybiscuit or Nascar Johnson or Robert E. Liebowitz. It was Greene versus Rawl and 100,000 Democrats walked into a polling place and said 'I don't know either of these guys. I guess I'm ill-informed and I could easily not vote, but **** it, I like the color Greene more than I like the color Rawl.'
"Did the Republicans spend a lot of money on ads for Alvin Greene? No. Did they spend any money on ads for Alvin Greene? No. Did they ask Alvin Greene to leave his father's basement once during the campaign. No. This is a prank? No. This is the political equivalent of running yourself a warm bath, falling asleep next to it with your hand in the tub, wetting yourself and then blaming the Republicans."
Greene has said he plans to stay in the race and has yet to comment on the obscenity charge.