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.
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