What on earth is Al Sharpton thinking saying this?
“As for the one Mormon running for office, those that really believe in God will defeat him anyway, so don’t worry about that,” said Mr. Sharpton. “That’s a temporary situation.”
Some critics called on Mr. Sharpton to apologize, but the civil rights activist refused to back down today in a telephone interview, asserting that he was not implying that Mormons did not believe in God.
The comments came at a debate with Christopher Hitchens Monday night in New York. Audio is here. Shapton once again has shown himsef to be an idiot, and he’s proven that it made little sense to have him serve as the arbiter of civil public discourse during the whole Don Imus imbroglio.
Personally I think this will be good for the Romney campaign. Assuming that everyone who will categorically vote against Romney on the basis of his religion knows about it already or will find out eventually anyway, this incident makes it look like Romney is in a fight with Al Sharpton, which should sit well with the votes he’s going for. It’s not exactly like Sharpton and his supporters (if any) would be backing the Romney campaign.
Additionally, if there are stories in the media about Romney being unfairly targeted for attacks and insults on the basis of his religion, he ends up looking more sympathetic and getting to preach about tolerance. That all might guilt trip some people who were otherwise shaky on him to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Don’t you think Giuliani or McCain would love to be attacked by Sharpton too?