The Worst Man in American Politics

Slate thinks that fronting for Tawana Brawley’s false accusation of rape was “the worst thing you’ll ever hear about Al Sharpton.” [*]

I understand that Seattle is a long way from New York, but haven’t William Saletan, Ben Jacobs, and Avi Zenilman ever heard of Crown Heights? Sharpton’s anti-Semitic rhetoric helped incite a race riot — or perhaps it would be more accurate to say “pogrom” — in which Yankel Rosenbaum was killed. And since that foul murder he has done what he can to defend the murderer.

Or how about the Freddy’s fire, preceded by more of Sharpton’s speechifying about “white interlopers” and “diamond merchants,” in which eight people died? [*]

Sharpton is easily the most despicable major figure in either of the two major parties, and yes I do include Trent Lott and Tom DeLay. The fact that no Democrat can run for President without appearing in the same room as Sharpton is the only good reason I can think of for voting Republican. It’s not a good enough reason, but it’s not chopped liver either.

Update The Democrats are indeed behaving badly, but the Republicans are behaving worse. It turns out that the Sharpton campaign is largely a Republican put-up job, with Roger Stone pulling the levers.

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: