Hillary Clinton Apology Very Late Regarding Geraldine Ferraro’s Remarks
There has been a long and troublesome trend that we all have noticed with the Hillary Clinton campaign. Surrogates of the candidate make statements that are irksome, racist, and highly provocative. Those statements are then repeated endlessly in the news cycles, and analyzed by the political pundits. The Clinton campaign knows that this will happen, and so they understand they can get some mileage out of their remarks before then either rebuking the comment, or disciplining the person who made the offensive remark. The campaign knows what images and messages they want to put out for public consumption, and have found creative ways to get the more nauseating ones out over and over.
The problem with the Geraldine Ferraro remarks were so awful that an immediate smack-down was required, but on Tuesday the Clinton campaign would only put out mild remarks from the campaign manager. No official word was heard from Clinton about Ferraro saying that Barack Obama would not have made it this far in the campaign if he were white. We are supposed to think that Clinton would react with deft precision in the fall campaign when not allowing any GOP attack to take place, but could not rebuke Ferraro at once over the former Congresswoman’s attack.
I am not pleased with how Hillary Clinton is using the most base of tactics to win the Democratic nomination, and so her apology on Wednesday night is late….way late. As CNN reports she could not stop apologizing.
And once she started, she didn’t seem able to stop.
The New York senator, who is in a tight race with Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, struck several sorry notes at an evening forum sponsored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a group of more than 200 black community newspapers across the country.
Her biggest apology came in response to a question about comments by her husband, Bill Clinton, after the South Carolina primary, which Obama won handily. Bill Clinton said Jesse Jackson alsowon South Carolina when he ran for president in 1984 and 1988, a comment many viewed as belittling Obama’s success.
Of Ferraro’s comment, Hillary Clinton told her audience: “I certainly do repudiate it and I regret deeply that it was said. Obviously she doesn’t speak for the campaign, she doesn’t speak for any of my positions, and she has resigned from being a member of my very large finance committee.”
Why do I not believe you?