Wednesday, March 12, 2008

From "Gerry" to "Hillary" -- ISS No. 2

"Gerry" and Hillary in happier times.

Well, folks, Geraldine Ferraro has left the Clinton campaign hierarchy, but not before contributing again to our new feature and giving us Item No. 2 for the Incredibly Stupid Statements File.

Far from apologizing for or backtracking in any way from previous statements she made that "if (Barack) Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position," Ferraro stood by her statements Tuesday, adding, "I really think they're attacking me because I'm white. How's that?"

Ferraro then earned an ISS Honorable Mention for her statement that "she thought it was a shame that the Obama campaign was trying to block her First Amendment rights, and that she felt that was no way to conduct a campaign."

The Obama campaign, trying to block her First Amendment rights? Come on, Geraldine! Two entries and an HM already in the ISS? Give someone else a chance!

You can read the entire text of the note "Gerry" wrote "Hillary" here.

For his part, Obama stayed mostly on the sidelines, giving Clinton a pass on denouncing/rejecting/repudiating Ferraro's comments and making a measured statement to reporters about the mess that included this snippet:
I think that (Ferraro's) comments were ridiculous. I think they were wrong headed. I think they're not borne out by our history or by the facts. The notion that it is of great advantage to me to be an African-American named Barack Obama and pursue the presidency, I think, is not a view that has been commonly shared by the general public.
See the whole sound bite here.