Ferraro on Obama: ‘in this position’ because he’s black. (UPDATED)
From the Dept. of Tit for Tat: “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.” Last week, Geraldine Ferraro delivered that gem to the Daily Breeze of southern California (great name for a paper). Now some in the Obama camp are looking for a little payback (H/T TPM). (And that wasn’t the first time she’s said that sort of thing. I recently heard a clip of her on John Gibson’s radio show in which she delivered the same line, emphasizing that she was the first to point out that Mondale picked her because she’s a woman.) Obama adviser David Axlerod is calling for Ferraro to be removed from her role as a fundraiser for the Clinton campaign–a “Hillaraiser” in Clintonspeak. Ferraro has described herself as a member of Clinton’s finance committee. When asked about Ferraro’s comments, Clinton rejected them, saying the campaigns ought to stick to the issues. Good idea.
UPDATE: Clinton campaign manager: Obama campaign is playing the race card. Up-is- downism lives! TPM has the story.
UPDATE 2: Ferraro defends Obama comments–“I really think they’re attacking me because I’m white.” (H/T TPM) That’s pretty worrying.
UPDATE 3: Ben Smith points out that Ferraro had similar words for Jesse Jackson’s campaign, as reported in a 1988 Washington Post article:
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.”
Meanwhile, has anyone seen the cover of the March 1 Tablet of London?