This is almost too good to be true. John Kerry granted a pandering interview to Black Entertainment Television a week or so ago. To the surprise of absolutely nobody, one of the questions was whether or not Al Sharpton would be a speaker at the Democratic National Convention. The Poodle's* response? "If he wants to do it, I'd like him to do it. I think he'd do a terrific job. I think he'll add something...there's no plea necessary.
It's my invitation." There's no way in this wonderful wide, wide world of politics that Sharpton, who has never seen a camera he didn't want to be in front of, will turn down the invitation. Al Sharpton will speak at the Democratic National Convention. What?s life if you don?t have something to look forward to?
Despair not, my friends. This is actually good news. Sharpton's appearance at the Democratic convention will give us an opportunity to showcase the moral decadence of the Democratic Party. Sharpton is a lying scoundrel of the first order, though they embrace him. Never has the saying "you're known by the company you keep" been more true.
Electoral politics of 2004 place a higher value on apologies for slights and wrongdoings, both real and imagined, than on cogent policy initiatives. Here?s a chance for Republicans to take the politics of apologetic moral exhibitionism and turn it to their advantage. Begin a campaign right now ? a campaign to demand that Reverend Al use his allotted time at the Democratic National Convention to give to Democratic myrmidons that which they are so fond of demanding of others. Al Sharpton can issue a few apologies!
For Sharpton?s virtual apology orgy we can start with the Tawana Brawley episode. Certainly a big-time Sharpton apology is due to former prosecutor Steve Pagones. Perhaps you remember that Sharpton accused Pagones, of raping Tawana Brawley. Pagones certainly remembers. He sued Sharpton and was awarded $345,000. Sharpton has yet to apologize for his role in the Brawley affair and his unfounded and slanderous accusations against Pagones and others. Now?s the chance!