I so want Alvin Greene of South Carolina to be a real candidate, and not just the pod person that some are claiming him to be. Here is a person who is unemployed, who spent all his savings (unless he is a plant), and is running his campaign out of his kitchen. And managed to get 60% of the vote against a professional politican (unless there was really a problem with the voting machines).
If he is real, he is proof that the professional politicans still have to fear amateurs. And even if he was a plant, he is still proof (provided that the machines were working right).
Of course, the professional politicans are protesting and doing everything in their power to eliminate Greene. One wonders how sky-high the filing fee and other qualifications are going to get as soon as no one is looking at South Carolina; remember the changes in who qualified to be in the Presidential Debates after Ross Perot made a good showing against professional politicans---you will never see a third party (or non-party) candidate in the Presidential Debates ever again.
As Dan Carlin once noted, professional politicians know that they can only continue to remain in power provided that they run against other professional politicans. Alvin Greene is the current eidolon of their fear that amateur politicans might be able to enter politics and actually get elected. Goddess forbid that amateurs do so; they might actually change the system.