Friday, May 30, 2008

Geraldine Stamps Her Feet

This election has been hard fought. Well, in certain respects it has been hard fought. One need only to look at the official statements of the campaigns and candidates to see the differences in strategy. Hillary has played the old style politics and Barack's campaign has hewed to something different, a less evident style of opposition. Politics is a messy business, close attention shows that neither candidate's hands are completely clean and that is exactly what will happen. Has either campaign appealed to race or gender? one a white female and one a black male? They need not even open their mouths and an appeal occurs. Both communities have eyes and what they do with that information is a foregone conclusion with certain members of those groups. Geraldine Ferraro's Op-Ed expresses something a bit different.

Perhaps it's because neither the Barack Obama campaign nor the media seem to understand what is at the heart of the anger on the part of women who feel that Hillary Clinton was treated unfairly because she is a woman or what is fueling the concern of Reagan Democrats for whom sexism isn't an issue, but reverse racism is.

This argument seems odd to make, are any of Hillary's supporters a part of reverse sexism? Geraldine knows perfectly well they exist and not in small numbers, they are in fact clear about it - including Geraldine.
We feel that if society can allow sexism to impact a woman's candidacy to deny her the presidency, it sends a direct signal that sexism is OK in all of society.

That sexism impacted Clinton's campaign, I have no doubt. Did she lose a close election because of sexism? I don't know. But I do know that it will never happen again as long as women are willing to stand up and make sure that it is just a one-time bad experience.
I am quite sure that sexism has been evidenced in this campaign and it needs to not happen, and Ferraro seems to agree.
If you're white you can't open your mouth without being accused of being racist. They see Obama's playing the race card throughout the campaign and no one calling him for it as frightening. They're not upset with Obama because he's black; they're upset because they don't expect to be treated fairly because they're white.

Is there a pattern emerging here?
They don't identify with someone who has gone to Columbia and Harvard Law School and is married to a Princeton-Harvard Law graduate.

Where was it Hillary went to school and what was her parent's economic background? Where did her husband go to school? What was his last job again?
They may lack a formal higher education, but they're not stupid. What they're waiting for is assurance that an Obama administration won't leave them behind.

And Geraldine's contribution to this is what? This Op-Ed?

So Ferraro's argument is that Hillary has been screwed by sexism and reverse racism? So she hasn't benefited from racism and reverse sexism? (really that is just plain sexism) There is an agenda going on here and it is not to analyze this election and it is not to straighten out the malfunctions - it is to create a victim status for Hillary.

I don't fault anyone for supporting a candidate. I think there are basis of support or opposition that are ludicrous and race and gender happen to be two of them. To the limited extent that Ferarro addressed this I agree, the plain fact is that she addressed this in not only a stupid manner, but a divisive manner. She makes it very easy to dismiss her as a spoiled brat stamping her feet. Maybe someone should ask Hillary is she agress with this tripe.


Kevin said...

Echo, echo.

What Chuck said...

ThePoliticalCat said...

Hear, hear. Good piece, Chuck.

RickTaylor said...

Donna Brazile came out with a statement in support of the process:

One thing I don't understand is why DNC members haven't said something like this more clearly and loudly early on. I appreciate we have to go through the process, and the rules committee needs to meet. But when one candidate is cooperating with the DNC, and the other is using that to attack that candidate and the DNC and the whole nomination process itself, it doesn't seem right they say nothing. I'd feel exactly the same way if it was Obama making those attacks instead of Clinton. Obama didn't participate in the primaries in Florida and Michigan at the DNC's request. I wonder if in the future candidate will be as ready to cooperate with the DNC in similar matters, knowing that their opponents may use that to attack them if it's to their advantage.

Chuck Butcher said...

short answer:
Why would they?

Zak Johnson said...

"If you're white you can't open your mouth without being accused of being racist."

Wow. That's about as pathetic a whine as I've heard in a while. Next she'll be complaining about how she's now allowed to use the N-word. What drivel.

It doesn't sound like she has many conversations with people of color, at least not many in which she's candid, if she lives in such fear of being labeled a racist every time she opens her mouth.

I'd suggest to her that whether or not one is accused of racism when speaking depends largely on what one says and how one says it.

Aside from this self-inflicted political obituary of Ferraro's, I have to wonder if the increasingly ugly behavior of Clinton supporters to maintain white privilege under the guise of feminism won't bring about a larger political alignment than we had anticipated this year, for better or worse.

Chuck Butcher said...

I find the collision between racism and sexism to be incredibly odd. Maybe that's easy to say as a white male living in one of the whitest of white areas.

You'd think there would be a natural alliance between or at least sympathy between sufferers at the hands of racial or gender inequality. Maybe it's the competition to be first... That makes it even more ugly.

LanceThruster said...

Well put, Chuck. Good to see your participation in the process at all levels.

Sincere reagrds,


Chuck Butcher said...

Good to see you over here LT and thanks. I know the comments aren't quite as much fun as BJ's, I'm also not sure I mind that.