Thursday, March 20, 2008

Oh, she does, does she?

Geraldine Ferraro resents the fact that Barack Obama mentioned her in the same breath as Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro said today that she objected to the comparison Sen. Barack Obama drew between her and his former pastor in his speech on race relations Tuesday.

In the speech, Obama sought to place the inflammatory remarks of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright in a broader context, in part by placing them on a continuum with Ferraro's recent remark to the Daily Breeze that Obama is "lucky" to be black.

"To equate what I said with what this racist bigot has said from the pulpit is unbelievable," Ferraro said today. "He gave a very good speech on race relations, but he did not address the fact that this man is up there spewing hatred."

Ferraro, the only woman to ever run on a major party presidential ticket, sparked a controversy when she told the Breeze that "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position."
I don't expect much better than this from Ferraro. Her original remarks, her defensive response to the controversy they sparked, and her bitter, defiant letter of resignation from the Clinton campaign are characteristic of somebody trapped deeply inside a very narrow worldview. Had she any significant capacity for self-examination, she would not be in the position of being compared to someone she denounces ironically as "a racist bigot."

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