On Geraldine Ferraro and Barrack Obama

12Mar08

In which The Gay Recluse weighs in on a “controversy.”

Obviously, when we endorsed Geraldine Ferraro for president, it was with the expectation that she would hover benovolently in the past and not say unthinking things like: “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. 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.”

Though we completely disagree with Ferraro with regard to Obama, we feel her general pain; just as she implicitly compares sexism to racism — to the extent that the former is clearly more tolerated in public discourse than the latter (and for no good reason) — we ourselves have often felt much the same about homophobia (e.g., why is it acceptable for so many public figures to make blatantly homophobic (bigoted) remarks, when a similarly racist viewpoint — publicly aired — would mean the end of a career?). But that said, the fact that racism is less tolerated is obviously a good thing, and has no bearing — except for inspirational purposes (to the extent anything can be truly inspirational) — to continuing problems of sexism (and homophobia). It’s really a case of apples and oranges, and we think that someone of Ferraro’s stature, intelligence and training (she’s a lawyer) should have been able to 1) make the distinction and 2) anticipate the unsavory political backlash.

We still love Ferraro, of course — she will always be a beacon as we remember some of the darkest days of our country’s history — but Obama was right to criticize the comment as being needlessly divisive. If we hadn’t already endorsed him for president, we would do so now.

Geraldine 2008

Geraldine Ferraro: We’ll always love you, but only as you exist in the past.

Obama

Barack Obama: We hope you win the election.

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3 Responses to “On Geraldine Ferraro and Barrack Obama”

  1. 1 El Grande

    Geraldine Ferra-who? Why is this old douche bag flapping her pie hole. Let her go back to her racist eyetalian bretheren. If Obama is where he is at becuase he is black, then Clinton is where she is at becuase she has a vagina and married Bill. They are both affirmative action presidential candidates.

    And I really enjoy Clinton continuing to destroy the Democrat party. The first party to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Ha, ha, ha, ha, … stupid predictable Democrats. Obama had the only shot to defeat McCain, and now the Democrats are going to either destroy Obama or let Clinton steal the nomination. Either way, McCain now can defeat a Clinton mauled Obama or an election stealing, racist, horn dog husband having, permanent victim.

  2. Thanks for the comment. I think all this stuff is painful now, but will be forgotten by the time September-October-November rolls around.

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