It’s funny the things some Democrats will say about other Democrats, particularly about those who happen to be black and running for president. Take Geraldine Ferraro, for instance.
Remember her? She was the first serious female vice presidential candidate in our nation’s history, stuck on a doomed ticket with Walter Mondale as he went up against a monolithic Ronald Reagan. Before the ticket was annihilated in the general election, you may recall there was a vice presidential debate between Ferraro and George H.W. Bush, after which an open microphone caught Bush saying that he had “kicked a little ass.”
Funny, the things some Republicans will say about their female Democrat debating opponents.
But returning to the current campaign season and my original point, take a wide-eyed gander at what Ferraro said in a recent interview with the Daily Breeze of Torrance, Ca.:
“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.”
Wow! It kinda, sorta sounds like Ferraro is saying that Obama is basically an affirmative action kind of candidate, which is to say he isn’t particularly qualified and probably doesn’t have the necessary skills to be president, but it’s all being handed to him because he’s black.
Now, does this make Ferraro a racist? No, of course not. She’s a Democrat and, as everybody knows, the Democrat Party is the party of diversity and inclusion. What Ferraro is, however, is a Hillary Clinton supporter and no uppity black guy can be allowed to stand in the way of Hillary’s blind ambition for ultimate power.
We’ll get back to the race thing in a moment, but take a look at what else Ferraro said in her now infamous interview:
“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. Dear God! Anyone that has worked in the Congress knows that for over 200 years this country has had partisanship â€” that’s the way our country is.”
In other words, Obama is not some kind of messiah and all the “young Republicans,” and everyone else for that matter, who have fallen under his bewitching spell and think that the nation led by him can progress to some utopian post-politics plane of existence, are, politically speaking, a bunch of guileless patsies who just fell off the turnip truck.
She has a point. What do they think politics is, anyway? It doesn’t exist because everyone agrees on most things. It exists precisely because they don’t.
Maybe all the euphoric Obama supporters haven’t heard, but in terms of politics, America is a 50-50 nation. That means that half the population despises everything Obama espouses, not because he’s black and not because he’s a Democrat and not for some other superficial reason, but because they think his policies would be bad for the country. Ferraro wouldn’t agree with that conclusion, but she’s spot on in pointing out the naivete of head-in-the-clouds Obama supporters
Unfortunately for her, that won’t get her out of hot water and she has since magnanimously stepped down from her role on the finance committee of Hillary’s campaign. Here’s how she described the situation in her resignation letter:
“Dear Hillary, I am stepping down from your finance committee so I can speak for myself and you can continue to speak for yourself about what’s at stake in this campaign. The Obama campaign is attacking me to hurt you. I won’t let that happen. Thank you for everything you’ve done and continue to do to make this a better world for my children and grandchildren. You have my deep admiration and respect, Gerry.”
As usual, it’s all about the children.
Ferraro has so far declined to apologize for what she said, which, in an interview with Diane Sawyer, she described as meaning that “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.”
Huh? I don’t even begin to follow that logic. Actually, though, Obama probably is thanking her, just for a different reason, which is that the Hillary campaign has once again shot itself in the foot since it will stop at nothing and say anything to get her nominated.
It’s a wondrous and not altogether unpleasant thing to watch the Party of Inclusion enmesh itself in one racial imbroglio after the other over the country’s first serious African-American presidential candidate. Ordinarily, they’re all about affirmative action, but when a black guy gets in Hillary’s way, all bets are off.
Greg Strange provides conservative commentary with plenty of acerbic wit on the people, politics, events and absurdities of our time. See more at his website: http://www.greg-strange.com/.