For those who haven't been following the Greek Tragedy that is the Clinton campaign's recent spate political tourette's syndrome, yet another proxy has gotten off leash barking and spitting at some hapless local homer reporter who now gets to make his career with a one-off Gotcha moment; to wit:
"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."Moron!
I am not sure what is worse, her original comment or her self-righteous bloviations attempting to alternately spin the comment, while still trying to say what she meant: Barack Obama is only popular because he's black.
Here, have a taste of her flailing on Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer:
"I was celebrating the fact ... the black community came out with ... pride in [Obama's] candidacy. You would think he would say 'thank you' for doing that, instead, I'm charged with being a racist."For a true sense of desperation, watch the video clip of her frantically trying to run the clock out on Sawyer in the interview. (Thanks to the WaPo for posting this.)
So really, the phrase "if Obama was a white man he wouldn't be in this position" is a celebration of his campaign? That's like "celebrating" President's Day with a Mannlicher-Carcano rifle in a book depository...
Then in a follow-up interview to further defend herself, she apparently just let go of what tenuous grip on reality she had:
"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?"Excuse me, Ms. Ferraro, but what policy issue were you trying to elaborate upon or address when you said: "if Obama was a white man he wouldn't be in this position" Just askin'...
As expected, Keith Olbermann has come out on the correct side of this, during his interview with Howard Fineman. Although Fineman, I think, makes an astute point:
"HOWARD FINEMAN: [...]As you saw, they sent Maggie Williams out with a statement to defend Geraldine Ferraro who's defending herself. So this is the fight the Clintons want, the way they want to fight it."Fineman may actually be on to something; the truly ugly underbelly of the Clinton campaign. If I'm John McCain right now, I would be praying very hard that Obama is the candidate, because I don't think he wants a piece of the Clinton Mafia.
And frankly, I think that may be the message she is trying to send to Democrats: "Obama is too nice, too civilized to rumble in the fall with the GOP. We, however, have the fighting instincts of cornered wolverines on crank, and rejoice at the sight of blood..."
But doing it by trotting out the corpse of Geraldine Ferraro to do a song and dance number, and then attempt to claw her way out of the net again is not just pandering to the lowest instincts of the electorate, but it's actively damaging the party.
And really, if Ferraro's best push back is the "I know you are, but what am I" rubric of political debate, then the Clinton's need to bench her and get someone who's capable of running with the varsity without embarrassing themselves every time they open their pie hole.
There has been talk the last few days that there might be some talk of an Obama/Clinton -- Clinton/Obama ticket. There are those (myself included) who think this would be a potent combination.
Such an accommodation would have to happen soon, though. If this is allowed to go much longer, the two campaigns will have damaged each other publicly too much for an alliance to be credible in the eyes of Democrats, much less the the rest of the electorate at large.
And I am getting less enthused about the Clinton campaign by the day, especially if they are going to turn to petty racists, and has-been bag-chicks to carry their water for them, all the while waving bloody shirts about the Obama campaign's missteps and gaffes.