Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Wow, this election thing is the gift that keeps on giving

So apparently Geraldine Ferraro is not only unrepentant about claiming that Obama only does so well because he is black, then went on the back on the attack claiming Obama's campaign is attacking her because she is white, but to top it all off, she has made similar claims/smears against opponents in the past. Finally, she steps down from Hillary campaign this afternoon.

In additional news, there is a new phenomenon known as the "Limbaugh Effect". Apparently, his rotundness, in his oxycontin induced wisdom, has instructed his sheep to drop their Republican registration in remaining Primaries, and vote for Hillary. Apparently, Hillary is a preferable opponent for McCain over Obama.

You may ask yourself how these two items could be related? Somewhat significantly actually, anyone who is a fan of the NFL remembers Limbaugh's (unfortunate?) tryst into the sports world. It, of course, ended in Limbaugh resigning for racist comments he made about Donovan McNabb, quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles. Ferraro is basically saying the same things about Obama. Let's compare the statements side by side:

"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." --Geraldine Ferraro, 3/10/08

"I don't think he's been that good from the get-go. I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They're interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well. I think there's a little hope invested in McNabb and he got a lot of credit for the performance of his team that he really didn't deserve. The defense carried this team." --Rush Limbaugh, 9/28/03

Now, barring any ignorance to American Football, these are virtually the same statement. They're only special because they're black, I disagree on both counts. Obama is an exceptional candidate and McNabb is an exceptional quarterback. To try and discount their contributions by trivializing them due to race is racism, pure and simple. Although I felt as though I have made my point adequately, to reinforce my argument, I fall back upon one of the inspirations behind my political activism; Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

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