G Bitch reacts–with anger, one might say–to Geraldine Ferraro’s stupid comments about Obama having it so easy running for president … being a black guy named Barack Hussein Obama (h/t Marc Ambinder) and all.
What’s the international smiley symbol for disgust? The greenish pukey face isn’t quite right.
“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?“
Shame, shame. The way she overgeneralizes–anytime, anything, in any way–tips her hand. Geraldine, we’re attacking you not because you’re white, we’re attacking you because you keep saying insensitive and downright stupid things. It’s obvious you don’t get it, you don’t want to get it, and now you’re really going to get hammered. I initially thought Geraldine was simply free lancing without Hillaryland encouragement (they put out a statement early today saying “We disagree with her”), but now I’m starting to wonder …
Check out the video below. I didn’t realize she was a Fox News Political Analyst, but go figure. So she’s reached out to two news organizations, the original newspaper which reported her comments Saturday and Fox, to reiterate her initial comments. Get this, she actually warns: “(Obama) shouldn’t really antagonize people like me.” Yes, she did. Just wait till G Bitch hears about this …
Note: contrast with how Obama handled this situation today.
Update II: Via Ben Smith:
“If Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn’t be in the race,” she said.
Really. The cite is an April 15, 1988 Washington Post story (byline: Howard Kurtz), available only on Nexis.
Obama is not a woman, nor a white man. He’s who he is. To say that if he were different, things would be different is to say nothing at all. As a white woman, maybe he would have led a military coup and established himself dictator. Who knows!? Hell, if he were a slightly less inspiring speaker, or had an off-night at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he wouldn’t be in this position either. Similarly, if Hillary Clinton were a black man, it’s unlikely that she would have been a national political figure for the past 15 years, as it’s unlikely that she would have married another man from Arkansas, and unlikely that the country would have put an interracial, same sex couple in the White House. But so what? This is an election, not Marvel’s “What If?” series.
Think of it this way. It was easy for Obama to reject and denounce an out-there hatemonger like Louis Farrakhan, and it should have been easy for John McCain to fully reject and denounce anti-Catholic whack job John Hagee (why he hasn’t is mindboggling). But the Clinton campaign can’t reject and denounce Geraldine Ferraro, because it would be rejecting and denouncing itself.
A sculptor brought in to mold a Hillary Clinton voter would have crafted Geraldine Ferraro from scratch. She’s 72 years old now. White. Female. Ethnic. Catholic. Emotionally vested in the idea that a woman should become president in her lifetime. Hailing from the community that was once the face of white middle-class America. Got where she was with the enthusiastic backing of New York big labor. Has views on the role of race in American politics that aren’t exactly ready for prime time, but well, hey, once they get out there you can’t really put the genie back in the bottle, now can you?
Update V: TPM says “send in the clown”:
Update VI: Keith Olbermann’s Special Comment on the matter:
Update VII: Ouch! Joe Conason takes a closer look at Ferraro’s career:
Ferraro’s three terms in Congress produced little in the way of legislation — again unlike Obama, whose single term in the Senate has seen him mark several milestones, in particular a landmark ethics reform package. That wasn’t the kind of thing that Ferraro would have supported back when she was in the House, since she prided herself on cuddling up to the leadership rather than challenging the status quo in any way. She was an ordinary pork-chopper, but her personality and determination won over Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, then the House speaker.