Is this an example of how Hillary Clinton as President of the United States would deal with such blatant racism when in office?
Behind the looking glass
Geraldine Ferraro may have resigned from Clinton’s finance committee today, but that is merely a synthetic attempt to wallpaper over the real issue. What could be the strategy behind her recent public statements? Think about it. Ferraro did not apologise to Obama for her outrageous and apparently racist remarks. She said she intends to continue to raise money for Clinton. And she intends to continue to express her controversial views which according to her, remain unchanged. She even accuses unnamed others of being racist because she is a white person? This is the image the Clinton campaign presents. Where is the DNC?
No regrets and a belated resignation
Let’s be generous. What if we give Ferraro the benefit of the doubt for her first rant. Put it down to inexperience. Only trouble is she said the same thing about Jesse Jackson in 1984 and its on public record. Why then, would anyone without malice, if they made the statement in a fit of pique, then repeat those views in a second interview yesterday, and again on national television today. It doesn’t take a Rhode’s scholar to figure out this old Washington ploy. Australian politicians aren’t exactly saints either! Smear is the paint of the political artist. I just made that up, to cheer you up! And if that is true, then Geraldine is no Rembrandt.
Deep regret and an immediate resignation
A few days ago, Associated Press reported that Samantha Power an unpaid foreign policy adviser and Harvard professor, announced her resignation in a statement provided by the Obama campaign in which she expressed “deep regret.”
Quote: “Last Monday, I made inexcusable remarks that are at marked variance from my oft-stated admiration for Senator Clinton and from the spirit, tenor, and purpose of the Obama campaign,” she said. “And I extend my deepest apologies to Senator Clinton, Senator Obama and the remarkable team I have worked with over these long 14 months.”
The Scotsman newspaper reported the emotive remarks Professor Power made about Clinton during an interview while in London to discuss her latest book. Link. “She is a monster, too – that is off the record – she is stooping to anything,” Ms Power said, hastily trying to withdraw her remark.
Having had the opportunity to read the entire article one can appreciate that as a political novice Power was expecting to see a clean nomination contest. Marquess of Queensbury rules and all that British stuff of legend about fair play. However as a lone academic facing for first time the realpolitic of anything goes, her frustration with Clinton obviously spilled over in an unguarded moment. For those who have witnessed what the Clinton’s are capable of, Sam Power’s most publicised remark was probably the nicest thing that’s been said about the former first Lady all year.
Jackpot for a scribbler
The reporter couldn’t believe his luck. With the prospect of a big fat bonus and perhaps a free lunch at one of London’s exclusive Clubs, he showed the Professor no mercy. After all, he knew he would get world wide exposure. Book promotion pieces can’t beat that. Unless of course it’s the next, last edition Harry Potter! Professor Power may have resigned, but she has a bright future and her respected name is still in tact. What a difference in integrity between the two camps!
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