Geraldine Ferraro’s insensitive contention that Barack Obama got where he is because he’s a black man has finally forced her resignation as a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Her resignation came after she repeated her comments anyone who would listen, and after Hillary herself refused to condemn her words and fire her.
There’s no question that the Clintons have been recklessly playing the race card since before the South Carolina Primary, and I’ll be surprised if we don’t find out someday that Ferraro’s remarks were the result of a deliberate strategy by Team Billary. (See former Clinton operative Dick Morris' post on this.)
Using surrogates to deliver provocative charges is a long-standing technique for the Clintons; those of us who are veterans of national campaigns during the 1990s have seen the Clintons use this gambit dozens of times.
What’s really surprising is that Republicans have missed a golden opportunity to strike back with an observation of our own – that regardless of how Obama got where he is, there’s no doubt at all that Hillary would never have gotten where she is had she not been married to (and stayed with) Bill.
As long as Geraldine Ferraro has opened the topic of destinies, I suspect that were it weren’t for marrying Bill Clinton, Hillary would be one more bitter member of a County Bar Association somewhere.
Since before Geraldine Ferrraro’s gender put her on the Democrat ticket in 1984, Democrats have had an unhealthy focus on what their candidates are – where they fall on their imaginary victimization grid of gender, ethnicity, and race. The increasingly ugly and bitter race between Clinton and Obama has brought to a head the central issue in Democratic politics: It matters little who you are, or what you’ve done. What really counts is whether my oppression as a woman, or as a Latina, trumps your oppression as an African-American.
It’s why the Democrat Party today is at war with itself on the issues of race and gender.
Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll put my money on the one candidate who, refreshingly, talks not about what he is, but who he is and what he’s done – a real career of public service, grounded in years of imprisonment for his country under circumstances the rest of us can’t even imagine.
– Leslie Sanchez, Impacto Group LLC
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