Al Sharpton...has...significant rabble-rousing power for the party faithful. At an early gathering of prospective candidates, organized by the abortion lobby, Sharpton was the surprise crowd-pleaser, bringing young white yuppie women to their feet. If he expands his appeal beyond his black base to the Michael Moore-reading, Barbra Streisand-worshipping Democratic activists, he could easily come into the convention, as Jesse Jackson did in 1988, as someone whose ring has to be kissed.
--Andrew Sullivan, writing about the 2004 Democratic presidential contest in The Times of London, 2/24/03
Sorry to be the one to wake you from your pipe dream, Andrew, but Sharpton just came in dead last in the MoveOn.org online primary. Out of 317,639 votes cast, Sharpton received just 1,677 -- 0.53% of the total. I know it would have filled you with glee had the left-leaning MoveOn voters given Sharpton a ringing endorsement, but it just didn't happen. Try to contain your disappointment.