G. Ferraro Update

Oh jeez, The Clintons ought to get her to keep quiet ‘cuz at this point she is a walkin’ talkin’ disaster. Her remarks in response to push back over earlier her comments (i.e. Obama would not be where he is if he were a white man or a woman) are the following:

“Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says let’s address reality and the problems we’re facing in this world, you’re accused of being racist, so you have to shut up,” Ferraro said. “Racism works in two different directions. I really think they’re attacking me because I’m white. How’s that?”

Short answer: Not good.

And this classic quote:

“In all honesty, do you think that if he were a white male, there would be a reason for the black community to get excited for a historic first?” Ferraro said. “Am I pointing out something that doesn’t exist?”

I’ll mention then skip the interesting tidbit of reminding Ferraro that the man had a white mother.

Last time I checked he was winning the white male vote. And younger voters (including white youth). And upscale vote and more educated vote (among all races) and independents, etc. etc.

So why immediately define him as “the black candidate”? Of course there are strong elements in the black communities (not just one) supporting him out of a sense of pride and identification–though remember those stories from last year when he wasn’t “black enough” now he’s too black?…kinda like “he’s not ready but will be by Denver as VP”, or he was secretly a Republican (Reagan comments) and now he’s too liberal. Which is it?

But still so what? He clearly has not gotten to where he is simply by black vote.

Some/many women support Hillary because she is a woman and would be a historic first–does that make the candidate only of women? Does anybody think Hillary would be where she is without having married Bill? Of course not, but what does that matter?


Though to be fair to her, pretty clear she just has no concept of the internet/blogosphere age.

The Obama camp response:

“With Senator Clinton’s refusal to denounce or reject Ms. Ferraro, she has once again proven that her campaign gets to live by its own rules and its own double standard, and will only decry offensive comments when it’s politically advantageous to Senator Clinton.  Her refusal to take responsibility for her own supporter’s remarks is exactly the kind of tactic that feeds the American people’s cynicism about politics today and it’s why Barack Obama’s message of change has resonated so strongly in every corner of the country,” said Obama spokesman Bill Burton.

There’s the first explicit link between the Clinton camp shenanigans and his message of a new politics I thought they should try.

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  1. keep up the good work m’s Ferraro

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