Geraldine Ferraro is a closet racist
But what other conclusion can you draw from the most recent series of events, which now stands as the most absurd thing to happen in the presidential campaign since Dennis Kucinich confessed to believing in aliens.
In an interview with The Daily Breeze of Torrance, Calif., 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."
This touched off a minor controversy. Ferraro had touched the third rail of American politics--race--and lived to talk about it. And boy, did she want to talk about it, telling the Daily Breeze:
"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. Racism works in two different directions. I really think they're attacking me because I'm white. How's that?"
This is a classic example of not knowing when to STFU.
It hurts Hillary in a lot of ways. For one, Ferraro is a fundraiser, and Clinton is scrambling to disavow the remarks without alienating a money stream. But it also provides a glimpse at Future Hillary, i.e. what Hillary will be like when not in campaign mode. As the first female VP candidate, Ferraro is probably more like Hillary than Bill is. This will also make it harder in the future for Hillary to question Obama's "readiness on day one" without seeming to echo Ferarro.
UPDATE 1: Apparently, Ferraro originally used this language on John Gibson's radio show on February 27, 2008. Here's a YouTube clip of it:
UPDATE 2: She used similar language about Jesse Jackson all the way back in in April 1988 in the Washington Post:
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."