Geraldine Ferraro is a blunt talking New Yorker who calls `em as she sees `em. She stirred up the latest tempest in the teapot, which is distracting Democrats from the real goal of capturing the White House.
Ferraro is rightfully stunned that her remarks – if Barack Obama was a white man, he would not be the Democratic front-runner – have been construed as racist. Both Obama and Hillary Clinton are running historic campaigns precisely because of their respective race and gender. That is plain fact. Gerry is getting a raw deal.
The Obama camp should skip the feigned outrage over the former Queens Congresswoman’s remarks. Ferraro also noted that if her first name was “Gerald” she never would have been selected as Walter Mondale’s running mate in 1984.
Veteran New York Times reporter Joyce Purnick tried to give 72-year-old Ferraro a “pass” today. Purnick wrote that some of Ferraro’s friends are “wondering if her sense of mortality, was at work.” The politico has been "treated for multiple myeloma, an incurable blood disease since 1998,” Purnick wrote. To her credit, Ferraro told Purnick that her illness has nothing to do with her opinion about Obama's candidacy. She says she always has been “open and frank” and intends to be around for a long time. That’s good news.
The Democrats need to stop sniping at one another. Camps Obama and Clinton should focus on taking the White House, not on taking each other out.
Unfortunately for the Dems, both Obama and Clinton barely beat John McCain in the race. Obama edges McCain by 47 percent to 44 percent. Clinton beats McCain by 47 percent to 44 percent. The poll has a margin of error of 3.1 percent.