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Geraldine Ferraro Doesn’t Care About Black Candidates

March 11, 2008

Time magazine’s political blog is spinning the Clinton campaign’s disinterest in distancing themselves from Ferarro’s statement on Obama’s young, gifted and black status as an ADVANTAGE for Clinton.

First Clinton applied pressure, and Obama responded by sacking a close friend and advisor. Now the Obama team is trying to do the same to Clinton but she’s holding strong – at least for now – and that makes the Obama team’s efforts sound more like whining than a serious power play.

One aspect of this is true (see also “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”). Until Obama’s camp can prove that this will be a negative for Clinton, she’s going to let the comment stand unchecked beyond “We disagree.” It was a stunning statement coming from someone many of us who used to admire her, but it has to be rebuked. I suppose the Penn-math figures this only hurts with the “Black vote” which they’ve already ceded.

Meanwhile, Ben Smith dug into the crates and discovered a similar statement made against Jesse Jackson in 1988.

And former representative Geraldine A. Ferraro (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that because of his “radical” views, “if Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn’t be in the race.”

I didn’t even recall that one. So, one time a statement like that can be seen in the context of supporting a friend in dire need of some assistance. The most recent statement was made before the California primaries. But twice?

Phil Singer, are you reading this? Will there be a SNL skit to point to this time?

Update: “They are attacking me because I’m White. How’s that?”

“People are attacking me because I’m White. How’s That?”

Fist Tap to Al @ The Field.

That’s a gig Hobbs didn’t even get.

Meanwhile, Ferraro tells Fox News(of all places) she’s “sorry if people thought [the statement] was racist,” and Maggie Williams begs Obama to stop picking on us.


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