Is Gerry Ferraro a Racist Too?

Geraldine Ferraro states the obvious about the Obama candidacy and is, naturally, called a racist.

From Politico:

…a Clinton supporter’s charge that Obama has received preferential treatment because he’s black also carries serious dangers for her, as senior members of Congress and other superdelegates begin to signal discomfort with the Clinton campaign’s increasingly sharp attacks. Notably, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday she thought Clinton’s attacks on Obama had put a joint ticket out of the question.

Tuesday’s sharp exchange of words between the two campaigns was touched off, ironically, by a remark made by a pioneer from an earlier era: former New York Rep. Geraldine Ferraro, the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984, who told a California newspaper that Obama had benefited from his race.

“If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position,” she said. “If he was a woman [of any race], 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.”

The cycle of offense and apology — on racial grounds and others — has become a familiar feature of this campaign. But both campaigns swerved deliberately from the pattern Tuesday, choosing confrontation over delicate compromise. Obama’s aides announced they’d had enough “offensive” attacks, while Clinton’s suggested that they’d had enough of the politics of grievance. A top Obama adviser suggested that Clinton should “repudiate” Ferraro’s words, and another demanded that Clinton drop her from the campaign. Clinton’s campaign, in response, essentially accused Obama of being the one to inject race into the contest, labeling his very complaint a “false, personal and politically calculated attack.”

And Ferraro responded:

What I find offensive is every time somebody says something about the [Obama] campaign, you’re accused of being racist.

Again, an Obama administration will inevitably bring us not to a society where people are judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin, but to its opposite.

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