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  •  Her words in context might help.... (4+ / 0-)

    She went on to say:

    If my name had been Gerald Ferraro, I would never have been the VP candidate in 1984.  

    So does that mean that she is sexist for making that statement?

    She is pointing out that America is trying to fight it's existing isms, and are doing so by championing one of the previously rejected group when possible.  

    Barack Obama is black, which is newsworthy and makes him special.  I only believe there was one other black Senator elected since reconstruction.  

    And the fact that anyone refers to his race, and the advantages that may accrue is a bit absurd.  When some of HRC's staff said that his race could work against him this was also attacked.

    Everything that a candidate is, his/her age, charisma, experience, voting record, campaign, assoicates......all are subjects to be raised by competitors.

    Talking about race is not racist, unless one defines it as such.  And then very quickly we have a speech and thought police, that would be a cure worse than the disease.  

    •  you make the argument better than the diarist (0+ / 0-)

      i don't really see her observations as racist so much as patently bogus (not to mention politically stupid).

      but even there, given what she said about her own VP turn i think she really does believe obama is getting some kind of special affirmative action treatment.

      whatever.

    •  forget to add: she's clearly projecting n/t (0+ / 0-)
    •  It's an entirely different situation, though. (2+ / 0-)
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      OnStarboardTack, Uncle Moji
      VP on the ticket isn't an elected position. It's not like there was a groundswell of popular support behind her and she's speculating that it was because the country was ready for a female vice-president, and she just happened to be that female.

      It was the Democratic party that decided to put a Geraldine, not a Gerald, on the ticket as a calculation to play identity politics and try to attract female voters. Obviously it didn't work, and I won't speculate about whether or how much the decision had to do with that record loss.

      But this is another instance of attacking Barack Obama's voters, not the candidate himself. She's saying we're only voting for him because he's black, which is insulting to his supporters of all races. I mean, in that case, we might as well just vote for Sinbad, right? At least he has foreign policy experience.

       

    •  3 African American Senators since Reconstruction (0+ / 0-)

      Edward Brooke (R-MA) (How soon they forget!)
      Carol Mosely Braun (D-IL)
      Barack Obama (D-IL)

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