Rev. Al Flips the Script

The Reverend Al Sharpton is one of life’s great mysteries: how does a man whose career is so pockmarked with lies and smears, whose self-serving actions have incited violence, and whose non-stop race-baiting have made him a national punchline still retain so much clout, both in his home base of New York City and in Washington D.C.? At last we have an answer: the Reverend Al possesses arcane powers beyond the comprehension of normal men. Behold, as he flips himself and his entire studio UPSIDE DOWN with just the snap of his fingers! [h/t Mediaite]:


Yes, the wily sorceror we’ve come to know as Reverend Al certainly has a puckish sense of humor. Almost as funny is the Obama administration, which, apparently at the behest of senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, invited Sharpton to the White House the day after the election to discuss strategy. According to Mediaite’s Joe Concha,

As he’s enjoyed mentioning in the past, Sharpton has a direct line to the White House. He’s visited numerous times, trades daily emails with Ms. Jarrett. So when the Democrats went down in flames three days ago, guess who President Obama met with the next day? Not Mitch McConnell, not John Boehner, not DNC Chairwoman (for now) Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Instead, it’s was MSNBC’s ratings — challenged 6:00 p.m. host (along with other civil rights leaders), a White House official had confirmed. On the docket–because Sharpton is obviously an expert in all of these things — was Obamacare implementation, education and criminal justice. Speaking of criminal (in)justice, just what is Tawana Brawley up to these days?

What appears to be emerging is a quid-quo-pro arrangement between the Rev and the Obama administration. On Friday’s Morning Joe on MSNBC, Sharpton passionately defended Obama against criticism that the President hurt Democratic candidates in the mid-terms, instead shifting blame to Bill and Hillary Clinton: “Is this a Clinton defeat?” he hypothesized. “Why is it only President – Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, the cavalry is coming in. Well, the cavalry got beat. Is this a Clinton defeat? I think we’re Obama obsessed.” Several hours hours later, several days after his meeting at the White House, and several months after Sharpton himself announced that he would help name a new Attorney General, rumors began circulating that Loretta Lynch, a Brooklyn-based U.S. Attorney had emerged as the favorite to replace Eric Holder.

Al Sharpton as political kingmaker (AL SHARPTON AS POLITICAL KINGMAKER?!) As much we would like to resist that notion (and resist we much), it sure appears to be the reality.