The Clinton camp is getting an up-close-and-personal look at the strategy against McCain in the fall.
Last night, Hillary Clinton forced herself to apologize to black voters, this time as a result of comments made by supporter and former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro that , if Illinois Sen. Barack Hussein Obama were “a white man, he would not be in this position.”
While the comment was intended to show that Obama is inexperienced, that his unique position as Democratic party frontrunner is due to his unique character and background, and to highlight the amazing support of the African-American community behind Obama, Ferraro was immediately labeled as a racist and was forced to step down from her position in Clinton’s campaign finance committee.
This is just another example of the left’s typical response to a substantive, common sense argument—this time, that Obama does not have the experience that most people in his position have—with cries of racial intolerance. Except, this time, the left is assaulting one of their own.
Geraldine Ferraro would not have been Walter Mondale’s VP candidate in 1984 had she not been a woman, and she has admitted as much. Mondale was looking for a woman to fill out that doomed ticket, and her profile in New York made her a fairly obvious choice. How is the statement that she made about Obama, or for that matter the similar statement she made about Jesse Jackson in 1988 any different?
The fact is, Barack Obama is where he is because he is black. He was only a state senator when given the opportunity to speak at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, and was given that opportunity because his status as a well-liked minority state senator enabled him to stand above the crowd (after all, how many Americans can name even one of their state senators?). He won more than 90 percent of the black vote in Mississippi because he is black. As Pat Buchanan said today, Obama will steamroll through Philadelphia “like Sherman through Georgia” because he is black.
Bottom line – Barack Obama, a three-year veteran of Congress with virtually no experience or legislative resume, is the probable Democratic party presidential nominee and very likely the 44th President of the United States NOT because of his policies or his [lacking] executive experience, but because he is black, and because the voting democrats in this country want to somehow wield credit for making history.
Obama’s race isn’t a bad thing, either. It’s GREAT that he’s black. I think that America is absolutely ready for an African-American or female president – just not the current options. Being black and embracing it and using it to get to a point where he could actually advance his wealth of ideas on a large scale is absolutely not a bad thing, unless his background, his race, his skin color is (1) used against him, or (2) used against his opponent.
So far, the latter seems to be exponentially outweighing the former.