Why Is It Not Possible To Agree With Geraldine Ferraro AND Support Barack Obama?Posted: March 13, 2008
Just because Geraldine Ferraro is for Hillary, she has been hounded into disgrace for saying something that most Barack Obama supporters (if they were honest with themselves) would admit was true.
Obama could not represent the chance for racial reconciliation that he represents if he were white, and this chance for racial reconciliation is a part, a very valid part, of his appeal to both black and white voters.
I’ll admit this prior Ferraro comment (back in 1988, re Jesse Jackson), forwarded to me by Jim Dyer, is a little troubling in the current context. But I still believe David Axelrod (Obama’s campaign manager) knows better than to make Ferraro’s Obama remarks out to be outrageous. It’s clever of him to exploit Ferraro–maybe–but not right.
Added 3/21: Mickey Kaus this morning makes the same point, equating–persuasively–an interview given by Obama endorser John Kerry with the speech made by Ferraro. Both leaders assert that Obama’s race is part of his appeal. The Obama campaign can’t have it both ways, claiming that it’s true when Kerry says it but wrong when Ferraro says it.