It's put up or shut up time for The Democratic Party. Turn the page and present a new and innovative class of liberal and moderate opinion shapers to counter the right wing juggernaut, or sign aboard with the same collection of tired demagogues and media whores who find nothing but contempt in the vast majority of the general population.
Sharpton is a self-absorbed baffoon and an eyesore and Albatross to the Democrats, every bit as shameful as Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson are to common sense Republicans. Except Falwell and Robertson know how to push through their agenda stealthily and with minimal damage in the American middle to their chosen Party. Sharpton's ego makes every word out of his mouth a grating hand grenade in the living rooms that hold the all powerful swing voter.
The next few days and weeks will be interesting....if the Democratic mantra is a warm embrace with Sharpton, they learned precisely squat in the 2002 elections. But...if a more pragmatic Democratic candidate can find the guts to pop holes in this bloated windbag, that person just may be the next President.
Alpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1199 times:
The Dems are their own worst enemy. You have WAY too many people going after an incumbent President. It's just not going to work. The GOP is FULLY behind Bush and demonstrated it last November.
Airworthy, 99 out of 100 times, the party that is in the White House is FULLY behind the president. Duh. And you always have WAY too many people going after an incumbent. In '96, I think at one point there were 8 Republicans going after Clinton's job, weren't there? Big deal. You don't know much about presidential politics if you think there's something amiss here.
In times of trouble, it's human instinct to go with the reliable choice, so unless Bush really messes up, he won't have to move out.
His father was the "reliable choice" in 1992, Airworthy, yet despite the fact he fostered a successful war, he had to move out. If his son makes the same errors in judgement, he could end up the same. The election is a long way off. Don't count your chickens.
Two words to answer the title of this thread: They will.
Al Sharpton has as much chance at winning the Democratic nomination as David Duke does the GOP nomination, even though Duke's view are closer to reality in the GOP than Sharpton's are in the Democratic party. Sharpton will be a media circus for a while, then, like the loser he is, he'll go away.
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1198 times:
Sharpton has as much of a chance of getting the Democratic nomination as Brittany Spears has of winning an Oscar.
He can be a spoiler, of course. You and I may find him to be an obnoxious buffoon, but he does have a draw in black urban communities, especially among those who are unaware of his past egregious behaviour, or choose to forget the Tawana Brawley episode. Sharpton has polished his image over the past few years, bought a few new suits, and hired an expensive PR firm. Apparently, the days of Tawana Brawley are behind him. If Kerry, Clinton, the DNC, etc rebuke him publicly, he will just garner more publicity, blame white liberal democrats for keeping him down, and help alienate the "crucial" black vote. The only way to shut him up for good is for a moderate, polished Black democrat(s) to step up to the plate and expose him for the demagogue he is.
Apathoid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1185 times:
Personally, I think having al run is going to be more entertaining than having pelosi as minority leader. I can't wait for the debates when we get to talk about how the CIA invented the HIV virus to kill off the black man and all that other good stuff. The campaigning hasn't even really started yet and already the dems have me laughing all day long. Keep it up fellas...the political cartoonists are going to love you guys this election.