Hey, Did You Hear Barack Obama Is Black?

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As you know, Geraldine Ferraro went and expounded on her original comments on race and gender by making them worse. But you may not know that she went on TV this morning, ignoring my advice (“go away!”), and continued her insanity.

Clearly the Clinton campaign hasn’t told Ferraro to stay quiet; to the contrary, it is trotting her out. So, screw it, I’m posting this:

An emailer writes in with an excellent summary of the Ferraro situation:

Seems to me she probably made the original comment off the top of her head, but [the Clinton campaign] made a very cynical short-term political calculation that among the white voters of Pennsylvania painting Obama as a whiny affirmative action case who’s constantly “playing the race card” and is racist against whites(!) is in their best interest. Maybe they’re right! But you know what, after Mississippi yesterday, Obama has a /bigger/ delegate lead (161) than he had before March 4th. Which means in the last week and a half, while HRC has been “winning” the narrative, she’s lost ground in the nomination battle.

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