THE SHARPTON FACTOR
Zell Miller, relying on what happened when Jesse Jackson ran in 1988, predicts Al Sharpton will run away with the Southern primaries.
I once thought that but no longer do. There are a lot of black voters in the South, with almost all of whom that vote, Democrats. And since everybody but Sharpton and Moseley-Braun are white–and no one has heard of Moseley-Braun–it stands to reason that Sharpton will do well.
But Sharpton isn’t Jesse Jackson. While he has a certain charming quality, there is no longer a single leader with ties to the civil rights movement of the 1960s that most blacks rally around. My guess is blacks will rally to one of the two or three plausible candidates that remain by the time the race gets down South. Sharpton isn’t plausible and isn’t likely to get that way.