Just Give It Up, Geraldine!

She's at it again, dismissing Obama's chances of winning, but can she at least get the facts straight?

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Geraldine Ferraro, the self-appointed angry spokesperson for Hillary Clinton's historic White House bid, is on yet another tear about Barack Obama. This time she's speaking for all the misunderstood white, working-class, voters who say they won't vote for Obama— not because he's black, but because they believe he has a black agenda. Apparently, in her mind, these are two different and distinct reactions.

"Since March, when I was accused of being racist for a statement I made about the influence of blacks on Obama's historic campaign, people have been stopping me to express a common sentiment: If you're white, you can't open your mouth without being accused of being racist,"Ferraro wrote in op-ed that ran in the Boston Globe  on May 30.

 "They see Obama's playing the race card throughout the campaign, and no one calling him for it as frightening. They're not upset with Obama because he's black; they're upset because they don't expect to be treated fairly because they're white. It's not racism that is driving them, it's racial resentment. And that is enforced because they don't believe he understands them and their problems. That when he said in South Carolina after his victory "Our Time Has Come" they believe he is telling them that their time has passed.

Whom he chooses for his vice president makes no difference to them. That he is pro-choice means little. Learning more about his bio doesn't do it. They don't identify with someone who has gone to Columbia and Harvard Law School and is married to a Princeton-Harvard Law graduate. His experience with an educated single mother and being raised by middle-class grandparents is not something they can empathize with. They may lack a formal higher education, but they're not stupid. What they're waiting for is assurance that an Obama administration won't leave them behind."

Let's deconstruct:

"It's not racism that is driving them, it's racial resentment. And that is enforced because they don't believe he understands them and their problems. That when he said in South Carolina after his victory, "Our Time Has Come" they believe he is telling them that their time has passed."

Obama's exact quote was: "Our time for change has come." And when he said it, he was addressing thousands of supporters, many of them white, not a roomful of Black Panthers. He was talking about those invested in his campaign, those hungry for change, those looking to the future that he represents and not the past that Clinton symbolizes. So why would anyone construe that to be a pro-black comment? I don't believe those sentiments to be those of anyone other than Ferraro, given that she purposely left out part of the quote.

"They're not upset with Obama because he's black; they're upset because they don't expect to be treated fairly because they're white."

Really? Why is that? Clearly they are not basing those beliefs on their past experiences with other black American presidents who've dissed them. Put a black man in charge and he's bound to act out his racism against white people, is that it?

"They don't identify with someone who has gone to Columbia and Harvard Law School and is married to a Princeton-Harvard Law graduate. His experience with an educated single mother and being raised by middle-class grandparents is not something they can empathize with. They may lack a formal higher education, but they're not stupid."

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