Geraldine Ferraro thinks that Obama is on political easy street because he is black.
Oh Geraldine, I remember when my parents would tell stories about how you and Walter Mondale got electorally sodomized in the 1984 Presidential campaign. And here you are again, back in the limelight and trying to extend your political shelf-life.
I have to say with the utmost regret, that I agree with certain portions of what Ferraro is trying to say – it’s the way she says it that makes her a little media-whorish.
An educated person might say something like, “Obama has the charismatic benefit of being able to speak to multiple disenfranchised voter groups while maintaining a strong mainstream appeal.”
That works a lot better than, “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman, 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,” which is what Ferraro told the media.
Ferraro is right. She is relatively tactless and a bitter old snatch – but right. Barack Obama is smart, endearing to the media, and able to potentially inspire voter niches that are important to winning the presidential election. What makes it more interesting (and very ironic to boot) is that the Democratic Party thought Ferraro herself had the same appeal back in 1984. A smart, charismatic cougar with a moderate viewpoint and agenda – a mainstream media darling! Or so they thought. She and Mondale got beat down worse than the Kimbo/Tank Abbott massacre.
The political world is about tact and positioning, and these comments actually hurt Hillary more than a fresh cigar shipment addressed to Bill.