Defend Your Queen
Here's an interesting exchange from this morning's Meet the Press:
TIM RUSSERT: Congresswoman Ferraro, Geraldine Ferraro of New York, who was selected for vice president in 1984, said some very controversial things as well. Here's what she said: "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." Congresswoman Ferraro, when challenged on that, said, "I really think they're attacking me because I'm white. How's that?"
REP. NITA LOWEY (D-NY): I would like to suggest that we move on from that as well. Hillary Clinton has dissociated herself from those remarks, and now it's time to get back to the real issues of the campaign. These are, are specific incidents that don't really help the Democratic Party, and you can't always be responsible for the enthusiasm of your supporters. And I'm satisfied that Hillary Clinton has disassociated herself.
MR. RUSSERT: But you don't find Congresswoman Ferraro's comments acceptable?
REP. LOWEY: I'm not even discussing them. I think that we should move on. This race is not about Geraldine Ferraro. This race is about Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton. And I think my voters want to know what they are going to do for them and not only domestically but internationally, where we face extraordinary challenges.
MR. RUSSERT: But if someone said if Clinton was a black woman she wouldn't be here now, or if she was a man of any color she wouldn't be here now, the only reason here--she's here is a white woman, you would take offense?
REP. LOWEY: Tim, Senator Clinton can't be responsible for everything one of her enthusiastic supporters say, and I'm sure it'd be the same for Senator Barack Obama. Let's move on. They've taken positions on both of these comments.
Why are these people so bad at this? Seriously, why - is the Clinton camp - so bad - at this? How can Hillary and her communications team - the team of "experience" - be so bad at reading the political landscape? Just denounce it, so we can all move on. Just denounce it. The solution to this problem isn't that difficult. What do you gain by defending Geraldine Ferraro? Is she really that much of a party Elder? Last time I looked at an electoral map from 1984, she was a fucking loser.
This is why I would vote for John McCain over Hillary Clinton. This. Right here. She digs in over the stupidest things. This isn't even principle. It's just being stubborn.
This is what Rep. Lowey had to say in way of conclusion:
"Hillary Clinton is the best qualified, she has the most experience, she understands and is presenting a plan on the economy, on health care, on housing, on the energy crisis, on gas prices, on food prices. I do believe that the superdelegates will look at the large states like Florida, like Texas, like Michigan, like Ohio and make a decision based upon her qualifications and who can win."
Here's a fun fact: It's a grammatical impossibility to be the "best qualified" or have the "most experience" in a race that has only two candidates.