Geraldine Ferraro opened her mouth and said something that would have gotten any Republican who said it drummed off the public stage:
Former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro today defended a remark she made to the Daily Breeze last week, in which she suggested that Sen. Barack Obama would not be where he is if he were white.
In an interview with the Breeze, 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.”
The comment was picked up by political blogs and cable news shows across the country. The Obama campaign held a conference call today to denounce the remark, and Obama surrogates urged Sen. Hillary Clinton to repudiate it…
But far from backing off from her initial remark, Ferraro defended it and elaborated on it.
“Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says let’s address reality and the problems we’re facing in this world, you’re accused of being racist, so you have to shut up,” Ferraro said. “Racism works in two different directions. I really think they’re attacking me because I’m white. How’s that?”
Susan Rice, an Obama adviser, called on Clinton to repudiate the remark in an appearance today on MSNBC.
“That is a really outrageous and offensive comment,” Rice said. “I think if Sen. Clinton is serious about putting an end to statements that have racial implications, that diminish Barack Obama because he’s an African-American man, then she ought to really repudiate this comment, and make it clear there is no place in her campaign for people who say this kind of thing.”
Live by identity politics, die by identity politics.
Keep tearing each other apart, Dems.
And keep whining about the “sexist media,”
Gerry. You know, the one that keeps putting you on the airwaves and quoting you incessantly as you ply the same old retread feminist talking points.
Those chauvinist pigs!
Look! It’s a theme with Ferraro, via Politico:
“If Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn’t be in the race.”
Give her points for consistency.