Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Ferraro: Obama Where He Is Because He's Black

Jake Tapper had an interesting little tidbit on ABC today regarding recent comments from Clinton campaign finance committee member, former vice presidential candidate, and former Rep. Geraldine Ferraro. Ferraro said "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."

Maybe there is a little truth in that. If Obama were a white man without an agenda and without a real platform, perhaps he wouldn't have the same free pass that he currently enjoys. And, without question, he wouldn't command the amount of black support throughout the country that he currently has. But who's to say that for sure?

First, it's a pretty nasty comment by Ferraro. Geraldine took advantage of her gender and race when she ran as vice president with Walter Mondale. Had she not been a white woman, I very seriously doubt she would have ever been selected as Mondale's running mate. Making her the VP candidate was all about press coverage and hoping to steal the woman vote from Ronald Reagan. Obviously, we all know where the Mondale campaign headed...

Second, where would Hillary Clinton be if she wasn't a woman? And where would Hillary Clinton be if she wasn't the wife of Bill Clinton? I don't believe she would ever be in a position to even sniff a nomination for President if it weren't for her gender and husband. Hillary's entire campaign is about getting the woman vote and riding the coattails of her "work" with Slick.

And yet here's Ferraro, working for the Clinton campaign, attempting to undermine the work of Barrack Obama by declaring him the "black candidate." It's very much like the way Bill Clinton tried to dismiss him as a Jesse Jackson-wannabe. Despite years of pretending to be the "progressive" party in race relations, many Democrat operatives can't help but show their true colors as this race gets more and more desperate. And they are revealing they are uglier than anyone could have imagined...

1 comment:

Patti said...

And it's only March, it will get worse before it gets better.

BTW why am I the only one commenting? I feel like there's an echo in here or something! LOL