Wednesday, March 12, 2008

With Friends Like These...

The Clinton campaign is the latest to suffer from "friendly fire," with former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro's assertion that:
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.
Of course, any suggestion that Barrak Obama is only being seriously considered as a candidate because of his race is stupid and bigoted, and Ferraro's words risk tainting the whole Clinton campaign by association. So, Ferraro is stepping down, as she should, but she isn't apologizing for what she said. In fact, not content with insulting the African American community, she managed to disparage herself - and women- on her way out the door by asserting:
" 1984 if my name was Gerard Ferraro instead of Geraldine Ferraro, I would have never been chosen as a vice presidential candidate," Ferraro said on ABC's "Good Morning America. "It had nothing to do with my qualification."
How was she any less qualified to be vice president than any other candidate for that position? By insulting herself and Obama with this similar logic of 'it was just our minority status,' Ferraro suggests that any woman or minority who is nominated for a position of power is lucky to have the chance to run, rather than deserving and equal.

1 comment:

Mächtige Maus said...

Arg! Way to go Geraldine. Indeed comment one was bad enough...then to go and let the door hit her on the way out...brilliant.