Second Act

Beinart, Peter
February 2004
New Republic;2/9/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 4, p6
Comments on the presidential candidacy of Al Sharpton. Claim that Sharpton's answers to questions posed by Peter Jennings during a recent New Hampshire debate demonstrated Sharpton's weak grasp of monetary policy and foreign affairs; Comparison between Sharpton's bid for the Democratic nomination and the much more successful campaign of Jesse Jackson in 1988; Assertion that Howard Dean eclipsed Sharpton in his effort to represent the progressive wing of the Democratic Party; Claim that Sharpton, unlike Jackson, places racial interests above ideological ones; Claim that Sharpton amasses power by threatening to withhold his African American base from a larger left-liberal coalition; Concerns that Sharpton will fail to endorse the Democratic nominee.


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