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Geraldine Ferraro’s Disappointing And Dumb Race Gaffe

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This was not the former VP nominee’s best day…

“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.”

Obviously this is disappointing, but here’s why it’s also dumb…it’s just as easy to say that if Hillary hadn’t been First Lady during the most popular Dem Presidency in the last 30 years, she wouldn’t be in the her current position either. How many Hillary supporters have you heard say, “I really think we need a woman President.” So Ferraro’s assertion fails on multiple fronts.

And frankly, I think if Obama were white he’d still be in a good position. Maybe he wouldn’t be ahead, but somebody with Obama’s ability to communicate the need for real change is a powerful thing, and strong messages delivered passionately will always resonate with voters, regardless of what type of skin that person has. I look to Mark Warner as an example of somebody who may have been that guy had he decided to keep going. But maybe he saw that in Obama and thought he was a better harbinger of the change message. (By the way, I still think Warner would make one hell of a VP candidate for Obama.)

Also, let’s look a bit deeper into the idea of race for a moment. Maybe if Obama were white, more lower income whites would vote for him. After all, Hillary’s whiteness may help her in ways her campaign wouldn’t like to admit.

Still, getting back to Ferraro, she needs to be reprimanded and/or forced to leave the campaign. There’s no room for talk like that in this debate. Let’s hope the Clinton campaign does the right thing.