Black Power

Cottle, Michelle
February 2003
New Republic;2/17/2003, Vol. 228 Issue 6, p20
Well aware of the havoc wreaked by Reverend Al Sharpton in many a New York election, Democratic Party strategists are exceedingly nervous about Sharpton taking his racialist political theater to the national stage. Many fear that, if not shown the proper obeisance by the party and its eventual nominee, he will use his oratorical gifts and trademark grievance politics to convince minority voters that they might as well stay home during the 2004 presidential elections. At the same time, Democrats worry about what will happen if their party gets too snuggly with the reverend. But, as much as Democrats might point the finger at Sharpton, he is more a symptom than a cause of the party's racial woes. But, if democrats are forced to go begging to Sharpton, they largely have themselves to blame, having failed to anticipate and respond to the many factors conspiring to return racial politics to the forefront of the party. First among these is former President Bill Clinton's departure from the White House. The second factor contributing to this racial predicament is the departure of Clinton's chosen heir, former Vice President Al Gore. While Gore enjoyed the history and credibility with black voters to challenge Sharpton's racial strategy (it's notable Sharpton didn't run against him in 2000), the current crop of Democratic candidates lacks this advantage. Yet another reason for the political vacuum Sharpton has stepped into is, of course, the fall from grace of his one-time mentor Jesse Jackson. Internal party politics have proved to be another sore point.


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