Thursday, March 13, 2008

Campaign notes: Geraldine Ferraro

Geraldine Ferraro's remarks demonstrate that one can have a ton of experience in being a politician, and yet still screw up once in a while. The controversial statement is thus:

"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."

Thing is, even if it's true, she should have known better than to say something like that. There was no way that her statement was going to be taken in the manner that it was given. She was more upset that her candidate, Hillary Clinton, isn't doing well in her campaign than expressing a racist statement, so in truth Ferraro was basically venting frustration. And she apparently forgot that Obama is half white.

Odd thing is, when Obama first began his campaign, various pundits pondered as to whether he would be "black enough" for black voters (not this pundit, though, who thought the whole idea of "being black enough" as rather silly). Now apparently he's too black for Ferraro! She did the right thing in resigning her role as a fundraiser, but the damage may already be done. It certainly didn't help Hillary, who needs all the help she can get right now. Time will tell what effect this has on her campaign.

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