Obama – Clinton : What Ferraro and Power have in common

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Earlier “prophesies” that the democratic campaign was going to be a fierce verbal battle did not lie. In an effort to bring an end to this rhetoric, Nancy Pelosi said that unity is an “essential” tool to ascertain the democratic party’s victory of the November general elections. She, however, dismissed the idea of a joint Obama-Clinton ticket.

Nancy Pelosi’s reason

Her reason being that the Clinton remarks about McCain making “a better commander in chief than Obama” had dashed those hopes. Is this her way of saying she disagrees with the Clintons? Although she said she was uncommitted, only a glance at her was convincing enough to know whom she would chastise for reducing such a powerful presidential ticket to ashes.

Talking about ashes, Geraldine Ferraro a former Democratic vice presidential and one of the top fundraisers and member of Clinton’s finance committee, is on fire for her rather fiery remarks. “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.”

Verbal attack on Clinton from Samantha Power, a top Obama aide last week, when she called Mrs. Clinton a “monster” prompted her resignation minutes after the Clinton campaign asked for it. It seems, however, that Ferraro is here to stay no matter what.

The concept

To Ferraro, an African American running for the white house is a “concept”, one that the country is caught up in. Her use of “concept” to define Obama and not his abilities as a talented politician, according to Donna Brazille a democratic analyst on CNN, is an embarrassment.
Another African American journalist on Wolf Blitzer’s CNN Situation Room, Tuesday, said it is tiring to hear people making references to affirmative action anytime a black person gets a good job. Now the question is; is Ms Ferraro’s unapologetic and defensive rhetoric a ticket into that category of people?

So what is the Clinton campaign doing about this? Axelrod called on the Clinton campaign to “take further action” and remove Ferraro from her position with the campaign. He noted that Samantha Power immediately resigned from her role as a senior adviser to Obama after calling Clinton a “monster.”

What Samantha Power said before she resigned

“Last Monday, I made inexcusable remarks that are at marked variance from my oft-stated admiration for Senator Clinton and from the spirit, tenor and purpose of the Obama campaign. And I extend my deepest apologies to Senator Clinton, Senator Obama and the remarkable team I have worked with over these long 14 months.”

What Ferraro is saying to justify her stay

“Every time that campaign is upset about something, they call it racist,… I will not be discriminated against because I’m white. If they think they’re going to shut up Geraldine Ferraro with that kind of stuff, they don’t know me.”

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