The Rev. Al Sharpton was Jon Stewart’s guest on last night’s Daily Show. Not someone I usually have a lot of time (or, generally speaking, respect) for, but he pulled off a line for the ages.
While discussing the possibility of having two African Americans vying for the oval office, Stewart wondered if that might split the black vote in a significant way. Sharpton replied that he didn’t think so – that Herman Cain had abandoned any principles that might motivate black people to cast their ballot in his favor. He went on to say that many had accused blacks (himself included and notably Colin Powell) of voting for Obama simply because of his color. I may not have the quote precisely correct but the next sentence was something like, “Look, Herman Cain is a Southern black man, from Southern black parents, and I wouldn’t support him if he was running against a white guy.”
ZING! POW! Reverend Al FTW!
Will post the video clip when I can find it.