Wednesday, March 12, 2008

You Can Stop Any Time

Geraldine Ferraro (D), 1984 Democratic Vice Presidential nominee and former head of Public Affairs at the PR firm Global Consulting Group, and Hillary volunteer, on Barack Obama:

"I think what America feels about a woman becoming president takes a very secondary place to Obama's campaign - to a kind of campaign that it would be hard for anyone to run against," she said. "For one thing, you have the press, which has been uniquely hard on her. It's been a very sexist media. Some just don't like her. The others have gotten caught up in the Obama campaign.

"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position," she continued.

Stop there, Geraldine. You've still got a defensible position. Everybody is clear that what you just said is the truth: part of Obama's appeal, the part that puts him over the top as the choice among Democrats, is his skin color. He's John Edwards in 2004: a first-term Senator with nice suits waging class warfare.
"And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position.
OK, Really. Just stop, and we can get your foot out of your mouth without any surgery or anything.
"He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept." [...]

"I was reading an article that said young Republicans are out there campaigning for Obama because they believe he's going to be able to put an end to partisanship," Ferraro said, clearly annoyed. "Dear God! Anyone that has worked in the Congress knows that for over 200 years this country has had partisanship - that's the way our country is."

(My emphasis)

Oh, no. Too late. That whole leg is going to have to come off.

And you had such a nice career, too.

But I really get a kick out of the Obama campaign pretending to be completely unaware that he's benefiting from his skin color, while at the same time claiming to forge new ground.

And I'll stop right there.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I think Obama really has put a new spin on American politics. Unfortunately for us, it's because his followers' heads are rotating. ~Jimmy

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