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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Nice:

Geraldine Ferraro:


If Barack Obama is the candidate, he shouldn't really antagonize
people like me. Because he's going to come to me and ask me to
raise money for Barack Obama. And I would do it for him too, if
he STOPS doing this kind of horrendous attacks. (sic)
FWIW: That screen capture above is from the moment(s) when Ferraro was saying the words quoted above and accurately portrays here demeanor.

UPDATE: On this recent series of Ferraro remarks, a self-proclaimed 'brown woman' weighs in (UnCapitalist Journal). Also, Bitch Ph.D., Welcome to the Slapfest, Nick Ragone, latinopoliticsblog, Huffington Post, Happy Nappy Head (a self-proclaimed 'black woman' blog), Staycspits.

Other observations:
  • Limbaugh said similar things about quarterback McNabb, and got his ass handed to him.
  • There is a resonance that Hillary should be concerned about. Ferraro is no ordinary supporter.
    She was the first female vice presidential candidate (of a major party).
    Hillary aspires to be the first female presidential candidate - so there's a sense of connectiveness, which her extremly mild distancing from Ferraro's remarks won't erase.
And keep an eye on this growing meme: "racist white woman feminist Clinton supporters", which has been spotted on a number of centrist (and liberal) blogs. It's also something that most people aren't familar with. Hard-to-classify, but conservatively inclined Stanley Crouch has written about a period in the 60's when some feminists would hook up with blacks, presumably as part of a radical stance against society, but were often disappointed when the male was less "liberated" than hoped for, leading to considerable resentment. Ferraro is of that generation (born in 1935, age 30 in 1965). An observer if not a participant. I'm not saying this is true, or that it was anything other than a small subset of the culture at the time, but it is a meme of sorts, and one that may be re-ignited by Ferraro's comments.

WILL THINGS CALM DOWN? From Taylor Marsh:
Clinton supporters are infuriated at the race comments and charges coming from the Obama camp and his supporters, while they feel wounded over comments made by Ferraro and others. Clinton supporters feel a double standard happening, which is made worse with Obama's rhetoric using "hoodwink," as well as shameful op-eds like the one yesterday in the Times, both of which are being ignored compared to Ferraro. [...]

The sexism and misogyny in this campaign has been ugly and widespread. [...]

... the charges of racism towards Clinton and her supporters are now being met with blind rage, while Ferraro's comments are made out of frustration over the coverage Clinton has received over time, starting with Jesse Jackson Jr. stoking those fires, as well as the threats to African American lawmakers for supporting Clinton.
It's total war.



4 comments

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By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/12/2008 9:27 AM  

This seems like the sort of thing that Superdelegates would be "exercising their judgment" to prevent.

Sit on their hands and let Hillary ignite a race war in the Democratic party.

Or be disgusted enough to come out and put an end to this, and prevent the next outrage and the next and the next: because more repulsive things will be coming from HRC, I am sure.

At this point HRC can't win, but she will try to immolate the whole damned party for her personal purposes.

And superdelegates can help stop it. Now's the time to exercise that judgement, help the party, and end this sham.

By Blogger riffle, at 3/12/2008 9:43 AM  

What riffle said.

The Republicans have got to be loving this. Hillary is willing to destroy the party rather than allow a black man to take away that to which she feel entitled.

Riffle's right. This is only going to get worse.

If she thinks this is the way to set herself up for Twenty-Twelve, she's delusional. By that time there will be no Democratic party apparatus left.

By Anonymous Screamin' Demon, at 3/12/2008 11:30 AM  

Thanks for linking back! And I am absolutely of the opinion that Republicans are enjoying this. I know if I were a republican I would.

By Blogger Seattle Slim, at 3/12/2008 1:20 PM  

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