Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Geraldine Ferraro Loses Her Mind

Geraldine Ferraro made history in 1984 as the first woman to run for vice president. Not surprisingly, she is backing Hillary Clinton for president and apparently, losing her mind. This week she had this to say about Barack Obama's candidacy to a california newspaper:

"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman of any color, he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept."

Hillary Clinton has wisely refuted the remarks.

UPDATE: Ferraro resigns from Hillary Clinton's finance committee.



At 11:39 AM, Blogger Peter said...

Glad to see you posted this topic. But, a couple of points to be added:
1) Ferraro spoke the next day and said the following "Racism works in two different directions. I really think they're attacking me because I'm white." - Oh yeah, the poor white victims. I mean after all there are so many advantages to being black.
2) Hillary barely distanced herself from these ludicrous statements by saying that she did not agree with Ferraro. She has not fired her from her finance committee. In addition, her campaign manager, Maggie Williams defended these comments. - Conversely, Obama fired Samantha Powers for calling Hillary a "monster" and he fired a campaign staffer that sent out an email that rekindled the Lewinsky days. Basically, he has been consistent in his pledge to run a campaign that would not engage in dirty personal politics.
3)The Clinton campaign sees the advantage of a white backlash by stoking the racial divide. They did this to help get out latino vote and they are doing this ahead of PA. The reality is that HRC is desperate. She is essentially mathematically eliminated in the "elected delegate" count. The only way she can even tie Obama is if she wins with at least 65% of the vote over the next 10 events. Since she only did that in Arkansas, I find it very hard to believe she can survive. Obama needs to start sharpening attacks on McCain and he should view HRC as a mere distraction. Time to get on the with the national campaign.

At 11:45 AM, Blogger Michael said...

Peter, you beat me to posting an update on Ferraro's remarks with her "they're picking in me because I'm white" BS. Thanks for doing it for me.

At 3:20 PM, Blogger adept2u said...

Ms. Ferraro,

I am terribly disappointed. Your recent suggestion that Mr. Obamas’ success happened only because he is black is especially painful. To think that being black in America is a lucky thing strikes me as being inconsiderate.

I am a black person born the same year as Mr. Obamas’ wife 1964, and I can tell you at no time in my life was being black a lucky thing, or are you unaware of the sad and continuing legacy of American race relations. You disregard Mr. Obamas’ legitimate and laudable accomplishments by attributing them to one thing, and it’s the one thing Mr. Obama tries least to be – a man of race. Mr. Obama is a child of God, a husband, a father, a university graduate and a lawyer. Mr. Obama has been a stellar state representative of Illinois and he is currently a United States Senator, and great American. Somewhere probably in the high teens of the list of things Mr. Obama is would be black man.

The statements you have made and defend amount to making his race his primary attribute. You are playing the race card in a manner that is insulting, and quite frankly would be more expected from the kind of reactionary people America has hopefully outgrown.

In 1984 I was a student at the University of Southern California an institution with a traditionally conservative bent. I remember campaigning for and ardently defending a certain congressperson from New York as being more than just a woman, but a person regardless of gender worthy to potentially lead this country. I’m sorry to know now that I was wrong, and all the time any Gerard really would have sufficed.

At 8:23 PM, Blogger Todd HellsKitchen said...

Poor thing.

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Peter said...


I appreciate your comments. They are the best I have heard on this topic. You are right on point and I wish I could see you on TV talking to these idiot talking heads that just love that they can say "race card" over and over throughout a "news" broadcast. For those of you looking for some great insight, head on over to this link http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/183105.php
the corresponding video is titled "Send in the Clown".


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