Friday, March 14, 2008
Poisoning The Well
I've been busy the past few days on a desperate search for a summer job (downturned economy; you have to start early), so I haven't been covering the Geraldine Ferraro clusterfuck for all it's worth. In fact, by now, it's all over but the shouting. Well, and the fallout.
There's nothing I can say about this that Keith Olbermann doesn't say up above. Geraldine Ferraro made a very stupid mistake when she claimed Obama only won because he's black. She committed the political equivalent of setting off a suitcase nuke while clutching it to your body when she claimed she was only being targeted because she was white. Finally she stepped down, but by then the damage was done.
And the saddest part of this was, Hillary practically did nothing. Yes, she distanced herself from Ferraro's comments, but Ferraro was still on her staff. Compare and contrast with the Obama staffer who called Hillary a "monster", who didn't even last 24 hours after the statement came out. Here was this toxic statement which just... hung in the air, while Hillary just vaguely tried to distance herself from it but didn't do much else.
At this point, there are two ways for Hillary to even remotely have a chance to pull out of this: either declare, from the highest mountain on down, a severance of all ties with Geraldine Ferraro and a repudiation of her stupid statements, or drop out of the race so that another one of these suitcase nukes does not get dropped.