Hillary Clinton: A Lover of Democracy

Hillary Clinton, who has painted herself as the white working class hero, and the person who has “earned” her way to the Presidency (as opposed to Obama, who according to Geraldine Ferraro, is an affirmative action candidate) had this to say in to NPR about the battle over Florida and Michigan, and and how to best solve the problem of allowing people to vote in those states regardless of the debates (from this larger MSNBC story):

“On NPR this morning, Clinton called the Jan. 15 Michigan primary a ‘fair’ election. When asked by interviewer Steve Inskeep how it was fair when Obama’s name was not on the ballot, she replied, “Well, that was his choice, Steve.”

Thanks for the tip, A.L.

Geraldine Ferraro: Victim of Racism?

Former Vice Presidential candidate and major fundraiser for Senator Hillary Clinton, Geraldine Ferraro claims she is a victim of racism. First, in an interview with the Daily Breeze, Ferraro commented that:

“I think what America feels about a woman becoming president takes a very secondary place to Obama’s campaign – to a kind of campaign that it would be hard for anyone to run against,” she said. “For one thing, you have the press, which has been uniquely hard on her. It’s been a very sexist media. Some just don’t like her. The others have gotten caught up in the Obama campaign.

“If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position,” she continued. “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.”

First of all, the comment that if “he was a woman (of any color) he wouldn’t be in this position” makes no sense because he is RUNNING AGAINST A WHITE WOMAN! I do think it is much harder for a democratic/progressive woman of color to get far in a presidential campaign (Shirley Chisolm or Carol Mosely Braun for example) but this “gender trumps race” shit that Ferraro and Steinem have helped to promote speak to the most deep-seated bitterness of the white women’s movement toward people of color, and their complete inability to have a nuanced analysis of both how sexism can be at play AT THE SAME TIME that racism is also at play.

I was prepared to give her the benefit of the doubt, though. OK I wasn’t. But I thought maybe she had some larger point about Obama being tokenized by the party or voters to say “racism is over.” That’s a conversation I think is relevant. But Ferraro doesn’t say that. She shows just how racist she is by later defending her comments to CNN by saying

“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,” she told the Daily Breeze of Torrance, California. “Racism works in two different directions. I really think they’re attacking me because I’m white. How’s that?”

Yes. Geraldine Ferraro. A victim of reverse racism.

Give me a fucking break.