BY MIKE CETERA
So, Geraldine Ferraro gets roundly criticized because of her remark that Sen. Barack Obama "would not be in this position" if he were a white man.
What if she's right?
"Why is his candidacy historic? Can you give me another reason why it is an historic campaign? Why are we afraid to say this? I am absolutely stunned by this whole thing. I'm not saying he isn't qualified, never did I say that. He is very smart. He has experience issues, but if George Bush can learn to run the country, so can this guy."
Of course, part of the reason Obama's candidacy is historic is because he's an African American who is appealing to a lot of white folks. That's never happened before. So what's wrong with saying it?
It doesn't make you racist if you acknowledge Obama's skin color. But my sense is a lot of people are offended at Ferraro because they don't want to acknowledge that white liberal guilt is playing a role in their support of Illinois' favorite son.
From the Daily Kos:
Do Obama's #2s stink?
Let me be very cynical. Edward Kennedy is swept up in it. JFK is a legend. Did you people who ignore history know that legends are often printed instead of facts? JFK's (and Edward's) father was Joseph Kennedy, a bootlegger with lots of money who (some say) paid the city of Chicago to vote for JFK in 1960. That JFK was also a Teflon president whose antics in the Oval-shaped bedroom dwarfed anything Bill Clinton did. That the Bay of Pigs not only happened on his watch, he initiated it? Look it up in Wikipedia.
It's amazing to me that Obama is given a pass on so many things. Is it white liberal guilt? Or am I the blind person in the Kingdom of Heaven?
The Wall Street Journal has a nice rundown regarding the controversy.