Al Sharpton Suggests GOP Has 'Lost Control' Over Sarah Palin

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'She's becoming Al Sharpton, Alaska edition' read the headline for today's Politico story on some leading conservatives' growing disillusionment with Sarah Palin. The line was courtesy of Weekly Standard writer Matt Labash, who noted with apparent dismay Palin's "frequent appeals to victimhood and group grievance." Clearly conservatives consider the comparison an insult. But Reverend Al, for his part, says he refuses to be baited into getting offended. Instead, he tells us, "I would look at it with some curiosity, but it’s a funny circumstance to see them in. A lot of the establishment in the civil rights community didn’t know what to make of me [either]." Now, Sharpton says, the "question is whether they’re trying to distance her and therefore remove themselves from somebody they have lost control over."