On the Politics of Entitlement
Geraldine Ferraro is making headlines lately with her claim that Obama is leading the Democratic primary because his a Black Guy. If he were white or a woman, Ferraro actually said he wouldn’t be in this position.
And that seems to be the Clinton mantra these days – when the chips are down, play the victim card or complain Obama is getting a free pass for some reason or another (usually race-related). She rhetorically bitch-slapped an Obama staffer for calling her a monster, got the girl fired, but would only say it’s “regrettable” that Ferraro claims a racial bias in favor of Obama.
Never mind that the most racist parts of the country (the south, and particularly most of the Appalachians) are voting overwhelmingly for the white candidate because Obama is black and that the least racist parts of the country Obama ties or even leads in the white vote. Because these results suggest more than a small part of the Democratic party is still locked into a segregationist past. And that’s scary.
Still, it’s almost like Hillary has been planning for this campaign for so long and had the lead in 2007 for so long that people saw her not just as inevitable but entitled to the nomination. And it’s pissing her brain trust off that most voters outside southern whites are seeing it a different way.
Seeing Hillary, Bill, and now Geraldine spitting out remarks that are incredibly close to down-right racist shows the true colors of so many party elites: That they are either as racist as their constituents were in Arkansas, or that they will say and do anything to win, including capitalizing on instead of working to eliminate racist undercurrents in our own party.
What a shame.