A Ferraro flashback

[via Sandy H., thanks!]
“If Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn’t be in the race,” she said.

Really. The cite is an April 15, 1988 Washington Post story (byline: Howard Kurtz), available only on Nexis.

Here’s the full context:

Placid of demeanor but pointed in his rhetoric, Jackson struck out repeatedly today against those who suggest his race has been an asset in the campaign. President Reagan suggested Tuesday that people don’t ask Jackson tough questions because of his race. And former representative Geraldine A. Ferraro (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that because of his “radical” views, “if Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn’t be in the race.”

Asked about this at a campaign stop in Buffalo, Jackson at first seemed ready to pounce fiercely on his critics. But then he stopped, took a breath, and said quietly, “Millions of Americans have a point of view different from” Ferraro’s.

Discussing the same point in Washington, Jackson said, “We campaigned across the South . . . without a single catcall or boo. It was not until we got North to New York that we began to hear this from Koch, President Reagan and then Mrs. Ferraro . . . . Some people are making hysteria while I’m making history.


So why again is Hillary concentrating just on big blue states in the north?

If it worked for Reagan, it’s good enough for her? Ms. Ferraro is a real piece of work whose been at it since 1988? She’s come a long way, baby?

Nothing is going to change in this country as long as we allow those who campaign on fear to control our destiny. We have to break free of the past. Hillary just can’t let go.

While she’s personally not racist, she has no problem playing it for all its worth to those who are. What’s wrong with this woman?

She said she found her voice. Was it Geraldine Ferraro’s voice? Bill’s voice? Reagan’s voice?

Published in: on March 11, 2008 at 11:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

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