“This is not a campaign strategy; this is a suicide pact”

March 13, 2008 at 11:23 am | Posted in Barack Obama, Democratic Party Presidential Primary, U.S. Politics | Leave a comment
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On Tuesday we highlighted the stupidity and sinister undertones of Clinton fundraiser Geraldine Ferraro’s far-fetched claim that Barack Obama is damn lucky to be black. Being gracious enough not to judge someone’s character on the basis of one stupid statement, we gave her the benefit of the doubt and ruled out the possibility of race-baiting.

But rather than issue an apology, resign and retreat to the fringes of political theatre from whence she came, Ferraro saw fit to follow-up with another belch of noxious know-nothingness:

“Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says let’s address reality and the problems we’re facing in this world, you’re accused of being racist, so you have to shut up,” Ferraro said. “Racism works in two different directions. I really think they’re attacking me because I’m white. How’s that?”

That’s right; he’s lucky to be black and she’s unlucky to be white. Then someone dug up a rather inconvenient quote to suggest Ferraro’s actually an old-hat at hatemongering:

President Reagan suggested Tuesday that people don’t ask Jackson tough questions because of his race. And former representative Geraldine A. Ferraro (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that because of his “radical” views, “if Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn’t be in the race.”

Since she’s been under constant fire from the anti-white racists who won’t rest until he’s inaugurated the first affirmative action President, Ferraro’s now resigned from Clinton’s finance committee in a blaze of self-righteous fury:

The Obama campaign is attacking me to hurt you.

I won’t let that happen.

Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do to make this a better world for my children and grandchildren.

TPM has a pretty humerous montage of her televised flame-out, but there’s a more serious question about the harm these slimeball tactics are not just doing to Obama, but to the Democratic Party in general. In a Special Comment last night, MSNBC’s liberal acolyte Keith Olbermann beseeched Hillary to put an end to it:

And this post from Andrew Sulivan explains what could be lost if Clinton’s ‘politics as usual’ succeeds:

The reason so many people have re-engaged with politics this year is because many sense their country is in a desperate state and because only one candidate has articulated a vision and a politics big enough to address it without dividing the country down the middle again. For the first time in decades, a candidate has emerged who seems able to address the country’s and the world’s needs with a message that does not rely on Clintonian parsing or Rovian sleaze. For the first time since the 1960s, we have a potential president able to transcend the victim-mongering identity politics so skillfully used by the Clintons. If this promise is eclipsed because the old political system conspires to strangle it at birth, the reaction from the new influx of voters will be severe. The Clintons will all but guarantee they will lose a hefty amount of it in the fall, as they richly deserve to. Some will gravitate to McCain; others will be so disillusioned they will withdraw from politics for another generation. If the Clintons grind up and kill the most promising young leader since Kennedy, and if they do it not on the strength of their arguments, but by the kind of politics we have seen them deploy, the backlash will be deep and severe and long. As it should be.

If John McCain has any chance of winning the Presidency, it’ll most surely come on the back of the mutually-assured destruction of the Democrats’ would-be challengers.

Photo: Flickr user robertrazrblog (Creative Commons)

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