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May 22, 2006
Sharpton, The Voice Of Democratic Reason?

How sad is it when Al Sharpton has the moral high ground among Democratic politicians?

Alabama Democrats should get rid of a candidate who denies the Holocaust and another who has advocated killing illegal immigrants, activist Al Sharpton said Monday.

While state party officials say they are powerless to remove the pair from the ballot because the June 6 primary is so close, Sharpton said: "There's no room for these two men in our big tent."

Larry Darby, seeking the party's nomination for attorney general, denies the Holocaust occurred and recently spoke at a gathering of National Vanguard, which describes itself as a "pro-white" organization.

Harry Lyon, who wants to become the Democrats' gubernatorial candidate, has advocated killing illegal immigrants as a way to keep them out of Alabama.

Every party attracts its share of lunatics. It wasn't that long ago that Republicans had to disavow David Duke, and a decade before that California Democrats did the same with Tom Metzger. Rarely has one party managed to attract two of them in one primary campaign, however, and both of them rather virulent lunatics at that.

The Democrats find themselves in a tough spot. If either one wins the primary, they will likely have to endorse the GOP candidate in order to distance themselves from the damage. On the other hand, they appear reluctant to do much distancing so far, which is why Sharpton took them to task this evening. And when the man who exploited the Tawana Brawley hoax to launch his political career serves as the voice of reason in any group, one has to wonder just how lost they truly are.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at May 22, 2006 10:05 PM

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