Note: I dislike this article's headline. This has nothing to do with "emotion" and everything to do with calculated political hackery.
As the only woman ever to be selected by a major political party for the position of vice president of the United States, Geraldine Ferraro is uniquely suited to comment on the political events of the day.
Speaking by phone from her New York law office, the 72-year-old former Democratic congresswoman outlined the themes that will dominate her talk. She also offered pointed observations regarding the Barack Obama juggernaut and what she sees as a sexist media bias against the candidate of her choice.
When the subject turned to Obama, Clinton's rival for the Democratic Party nomination, Ferraro's comments took on a decidedly bitter edge.
"I think what America feels about a woman becoming president takes a very secondary place to Obama's campaign - to a kind of campaign that it would be hard for anyone to run against," she said. "For one thing, you have the press, which has been uniquely hard on her. It's been a very sexist media. Some just don't like her. The others have gotten caught up in the Obama campaign.
"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position," she continued. "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." Ferraro does not buy the notion of Obama as the great reconciler.
"I was reading an article that said young Republicans are out there campaigning for Obama because they believe he's going to be able to put an end to partisanship," Ferraro said, clearly annoyed. "Dear God! Anyone that has worked in the Congress knows that for over 200 years this country has had partisanship - that's the way our country is."
Where to begin?
The media has been a complete pain in the ass to the Clintons, no question. Their conduct has been venomous, unprofessional, and slanted in the extreme.
That said, why was Hillary Clinton sucking up to Rupert Murdock and Fox News?
Second, why are you contemptuous of "bi-partisanship" when it is the Clinton's main stock and trade. Sen. Clinton has tacitly endorsed McCain over Obama and prattled on about what a great guy McCain is. Does she not think that this will not be used against the Democrats by McCain? Despite calls from folks like me and the rest of the liberal netroots to get medievally partisan and the GOP's ass, she continues to cling to the center right, thinking that is where her victory lies.
Third, you don't counter sexism by engaging in veiled racism.