The Village Voice breaks the Sharpton-Stone scandal

Nick Confessore at Tapped has more on the Sharpton-Stone scandal, quoting this Wayne Barrett investigative piece from the Village Voice. The organizer (on Jim Baker’s orders) of the “bourgeois riot” that shut down the Miami recount in 2000 — a riot designed to prevent black votes for Al Gore from being counted — is pulling the strings in the Sharpton campaign.

I had always thought that the effect of the Sharpton campaign was to make black people look bad by presenting an utterly unqualified and unprincipled thug as their national spokesman, and to make Demcrats look bad by forcing them to be polite to a professional extortionist who was also the inciter of two deadly race riots. But I hadn’t realized until now that those effects were actually the purpose of the Sharpton campaign: not Sharpton’s purpose, but the purpose of his puppeteer.

This story hasn’t been getting the ink it deserves. David Bernstein at the Volokh Conspiracy, for example, thinks that the Democrats should be ashamed of having tolerated Sharpton, and the Republicans of not having called the Democrats on it. But his post doesn’t even consider what seems to be the case: that Republican conduct around Sharpton has been considerably more shameful than mere silence.

Note to Wesley Clark, John Edwards, and John Kerry: There’s a major Sister Souljah opportunity available here. That didn’t seem to do Mr. Clinton’s standing among black Americans any harm, did it?

As the South Carolina results demonstrate, most African-Americans don’t actually accept the Sharpton clown show as representing them. Some of them are pretty damned disgusted by it.

And a note to Terry McAuliffe: No more space at the debate table for Fat Albert. No convention speaking gig. We’ve always known he was a sonofabitch, and we now know he’s not even our sonofabitch. He should be encouraged not to let the door hit him on the way out.

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Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

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