Monday, August 29, 2005

Jesse Jackson and Pat Robertson

Jesse Jackson goes to Caracas.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson offered support for President Hugo Chavez on Sunday, saying a call for his assassination by a U.S. religious broadcaster was a criminal act and that Washington and Venezuela should work out their differences through diplomacy.

The U.S. civil rights leader condemned last week’s suggestion by Pat Robertson that American agents should kill the leftist Venezuelan leader, calling the conservative commentator’s statements “immoral” and “illegal.”

Sigh. Never let it be said that The Rev was camera-shy, and he’s made headlines in the past by doing these high-profile trips and making some pretty grandiose statements, too. And there are some liberals, including myself, who just wish that sometimes he would just let sleeping dogs — or right-wing nut jobs — alone. But Mr. Jackson, like Mr. Robertson, just can’t resist that seductive summons of the limelight and Larry King.

The difference, however, between the two is that Mr. Jackson has never publicly called for someone to be whacked.