6 January 2003
Reverend Al, the bloggers' pal
The air abounds in snickers, and no, not the candy bar; I'm talking about Al Sharpton's Presidental ambitions, and the reactions thereto. To my knowledge, the first full-fledged blog endorsement of the Sharpton candidacy came from Kevin McGehee's blogoSFERICS. And it's not because Mr McGehee desires to see him elected, particularly:
It is long past time for the Democratic Party to put its nomination where its mouth is. If race deserves to be a defining issue in American politics, let's open the debate.
Actually, I think you could open the debate with (or, more interestingly, force the debate upon) any of the current Democratic field; apart from melanin levels and not having spent a lifetime on the public payroll, what's the difference between Sharpton and the competition?
Of course, I don't expect many to follow Mr McGehee's lead. A more typical response is this one from Acidman:
If I could buy him for what he's worth, then sell him for what he THINKS he's worth, I could retire tomorrow.
And that was one of the nicer things he said.