One bit of good news last night was the Rev. Al Sharpton’s piddling showing in the New York primary–eight percent of the vote. Sharpton’s attempt to become the next Jesse Jackson is kaput. Unfortunately this is not because black voters tired of him, but because the black powers that be, chiefly Re. Charlie Rangel, wanted chits with Kerry, and also are protective of Jackson, whom Sharpton tried to depose prematurely a few years ago.