Top of the ballot: Clyburn blames the 'machines'

Rage against the machines

Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Tuesday, Clyburn told the hosts, "There was something wrong with those machines."

The accusation of ballot-tampering comes in addition to Clyburn's and others' concerns over whether primary winner Alvin Greene received his $10,400 filing fee from outside sources, a claim Greene has denied.

Clyburn said the machines, which were used in 300 precincts statewide for last Tuesday's primary, had been purchased secondhand from "Louisiana, of all places."

They're the same machines, he said, that Ohio refused to use in past election cycles "after they tested them extensively and found the results to be unreliable."

Clyburn added that the machines were easily hacked.

He stopped short of accusing state Republicans of having tampered with the machines, saying only that "outside parties" were likely involved.

Clyburn also debuted a new, softer tone when talking about candidate Alvin Greene than he had previously used. The majority whip said he knows Greene's family personally, and he praised some of its members as "retired educators." He went on to say he wants to make sure that Greene and his family "have what they need."

The political equivalent of a 'warm bath'

"The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart agrees there's something fishy in South Carolina.

"There are a lot of unanswered questions in the story of Alvin Greene, the unemployed man who plunked down ten grand for a filing fee, disappeared, then won the election," Stewart said Monday night. "Questions like, 'Wait, huh?' "

But he mocked the Democrats' suggestion that Greene was a successful GOP plant. Even if he were a plant, Stewart said, "Did they ask Alvin Greene to leave his father's basement once during the campaign? No." Ultimately, he says, it was the Dems who voted for him.

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