Gender Over Race
The more the Obama team tries to downplay the issues of race the more H. Clinton’s supporters try to bring it up.
Now it’s Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to be on a presidential ticket for president. Last week she told the Daily Breeze,”If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept ”
Obama can’t possibly have ideas that the American people have cottoned to. He can’t be a great speaker who have moved people to vote for him. It has to be that he is black and he’s getting a pity vote, right?
Where was this vote when Jesse Jackson was running for Pres, then?
Ferraro also disdains that Obama will be able to work with people on both sides of the aisle.
“I was reading an article that said young Republicans are out there campaigning for Obama because they believe he’s going to be able to put an end to partisanship. Dear God! Anyone that has worked in the Congress knows that for over 200 years this country has had partisanship – that’s the way our country is.”
But does that mean it’s the way it should stay?
I can understand how some women are trying to re-contextualize the debate and make it more about race over gender instead of who the candidates are. But then they should also realize that by creating a riff like this can turn off voters, no matter who gets the nomination. Perhaps we should have just given an old white dude the nomination, instead.
But an old white dude can still win in November.