Ex-Res Stirs the Pot

March 11, 2008 at 9:32 pm 2 comments

ferraro151.jpgYou just can’t compare Forest Hills Gardens, where Geraldine Ferraro lived for many years, to Manhattan, where she lives now. The former is calming, old-world, and seemingly walled off from the muck of politics. The latter brims with entitlement (e.g., Spitzer) as well as the temptation to say things that may or may not be true, but that will surely land you in the hot seat.

“I think what America feels about a woman becoming president takes a very secondary place to Obama’s campaign – to a kind of campaign that it would be hard for anyone to run against,” she said. “For one thing, you have the press, which has been uniquely hard on her. It’s been a very sexist media. Some just don’t like her. The others have gotten caught up in the Obama campaign.

“If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position,” she continued. “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.” Ferraro does not buy the notion of Obama as the great reconciler.

“I was reading an article that said young Republicans are out there campaigning for Obama because they believe he’s going to be able to put an end to partisanship,” Ferraro said, clearly annoyed. “Dear God! Anyone that has worked in the Congress knows that for over 200 years this country has had partisanship – that’s the way our country is.”

At 72, and having survived myriad personal and public challenges, Ferraro is not about to apologize (Clinton has to do that for her, the Obama campaign insists):

“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?”…

“Sexism is a bigger problem,” Ferraro argued. “It’s OK to be sexist in some people’s minds. It’s not OK to be racist.”

I have to agree with that last part, but worse than any of it is how these overblown media moments might contribute to McCain being our next (1-term) president.

Image Dennis Cook/AP

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. joe  |  March 12, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Let a republican say somthing like that and every lib would be screaming for thier head. Double standard?

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  • 2. Scott Harris  |  March 13, 2008 at 10:31 am

    She does have a point when she says that every time you bring up race, you’re accused of being racist. But regardless of whether or not her original statement was true, it does play into the perception that Clinton or surrogates seem to keep wanting to remind the population that Obama is black, and that, by extension, for some reason, it matters.

    As for whether the statement is even true… In one respect, yes, at least to the extent that large, enthusiastic black turnout was part of his success in states like SC. But honestly, I actually think that an equally inspirational/charismatic white man would probably have been just as hard for Hillary to beat… and probably harder.

    But so what if someone’s particular circumstances leads them to be where they are? I mean, would Hillary really be where she is if she hadn’t been married to Bill? Does it matter? True or not, what exactly is the point of saying that Obama is where he is because he’s black?

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