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Hillary Clinton Apology Very Late Regarding Geraldine Ferraro’s Remarks

March 13, 2008

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.

She apologized.

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?

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  1. March 14, 2008 12:05 PM

    Hillary and Bill Clinton have made a significant issue about how the press is treating Hillary unfairly in their hyper-critical reporting on her and their “softball” reporting on Barak Obama. Hillary maintains she has been fully investigated by the media and Barak hasn’t!

    As the Tony Rezko trial begins in Chicago, Clinton and her surrogates are linking Obama to Rezko and the media is speculating about whether Obama will be called to testify as a witness in the case. Obama has always admitted he received $85,000 in contributions from Rezko which Obama has now donated to charity rather than keep.

    Yet the civil fraud trial of Bill Clinton for defrauduing Hillary’s largest donor in 2000 into giving her campaign more than $1.2 million, pending in Los Angeles courts since 2003, is now preparing for a November, 2008 trial. The discovery that is now proceeding after a February 21 hearing, and the pending trial, have NEVER been announced by the mainstream media.

    Hillary was able to extricate herself as a co-defendant in the case in January, 2008 after years of appeals to be protected by the First Amendment from tort claims arising out of federal campaign solicitations she made. Her abuse of the intent of California’s anti-SLAPP law after the California Supreme Court refused to dismiss her from the case in 2004 is emblematic of her contempt for the Rule of Law.

    Hillary will be called as a witness in both discovery and the trial according to the trial court Judge who so-advised Hillary’s attorney David Kendall when he dismissed Hillary as a co-defendant in 2007. A subpoena is being prepared this month and will be served personally on Hillary, along with Chelsea, Pa Gov. Ed Rendell, Al Gore and other well known political and media figures.

    Yet the media has refused to report about this landmark civil fraud case- brought by Hillary’s biggest 2000 donor to her Senate race, regarding allegations that were corroborated by the Department of Justice in the criminal trial of Hillary’s finance director David Rosen in May, 2005. That indictment and trial was credited as resulting from the civil suit’s allegations by Peter Paul, the Hollywood dot com millionaire Bill Clinton convinced to donate more than $1.2 million (according to the DOJ prosecutors and the FBI) to Hillary’s Senate campaign as part of a post White House business deal with Bill.

    The media – except for World Net Daily- has also suspiciously refused to report on Hillary’s last FEC report regarding her 2000 Senate campaign, filed in January 30, 2006. In a secret settlement of an FEC complaint by the plaintiff in Paul v Clinton, Peter Paul, the FEC fined Hillary’s campaign $35,000 for hiding more than $720,000 in donations from Paul, and it required Hillary’s campaign to file a 4th amended FEC report.

    In that report Hillary and her campaign again hid Paul’s $1.2 million contribution to her campaign and falsely attributed $250,000 as being donated by Paul’s partner, Spider Man creator Stan Lee, who swore in a video taped deposition he never gave Hillary or her campaign any money.

    Lee did testify to trading $100,000 checks with Paul to make it appear he gave $100,000 to Hillary’s campaign (admission of a felony) but none of that has been reported by the “overly critical” media!

    Where is the outrage from Obama that the press is engaging in a double standard relating to his possible role in the Rezko trial and his refunding the $85,000 contributed to his campaign by Rezko- which Obama has always admitted taking. The media makes no mention of Hillary’s role as a witness in Bill’s fraud trial for defrauding Hillary’s largest donor- and Hillary’s refusal to refund the $1.2 million she illegally received from Paul, which she has denied taking from Paul ever since the Washington Post asked her about Paul and his felony convictions from the 1970’s before her first Senate election in 2000?

    Let the truth be told! so they want proof, here you go.

  2. March 13, 2008 2:24 PM

    It was responding to Lia’s comment, that is.

  3. March 13, 2008 2:23 PM

    Give me a break… there’s a huge difference between saying “It would be nice to have a black president” and “Obama is only taken seriously because he’s black.” I’m having a tough time recalling the number of delegates Al Sharpton won in Iowa…

    There ARE five female Democratic Senators who have more “experience” than Hillary Clinton. Yet Obama’s campaign doesn’t stoop so low as to say that “Hillary Clinton is only where she is because she’s married to Bill.” Even though that is probably true.

    Maybe she would have been skilled enough to be elected Senator and eventually become a serious presidential candidate on her own. We’ll never know. What we do know is that Dianne Feinstein, Blanche Lincoln and Mary Landrieu were never serious presidential candidates, even though Feinstein for one would have been immensely more qualified in 2004 than Clinton is now. And Lincoln and Landrieu also have at least two more years of “experience” than Clinton.

    (This is responding to the above comment).

  4. March 13, 2008 2:20 PM

    What we are seeing finally is the true face of the democrat party. You have the old school white outside looking in, you have the women supporting Hillary, you have the blacks running to Obama and you have the Hispanic who will end up supporting McCain if Obama gets the nod.

    The party that always pretended to be the party of diversity is showing what it really is all about, division and racism.

  5. March 13, 2008 1:55 PM

    Lia.. A lot of the country and the world would be thrilled to see Obama, with his multi-ethnic, multi-racial heritage be president of the country. It was certainly something I took into consideration when I voted for him. But it was far from the most important characteristic and is not the reason he is the frontrunner. Obama’s policies and call for change, and grassroots mobilizing, has tapped into the current mood of the country and has excited people that feel beaten down by eight years of Bush’s secrecy. Throughout his career he has worked hard and consistently for those who are disenfranchised and in need of representation. Ferraro’s remarks belittle all of his accomplishments and brilliance as a politician. Plus, it diminishes his voters by making it into some weird affirmative action campaign. There is an ongoing pattern in Clinton’s campaign of not doing the right thing and quelling the insidious racism that is floating out there in her name. I do not think either Ferraro or Clinton is racist, but they are perpetuating the foreigness and scariness that Obama represents to many people while also perpetuating the feelings of many people that minorities can never be really worthy of their position. Well, I think it’s bs.

  6. Lia permalink
    March 13, 2008 12:10 PM

    You know what I hate? The hipocrisy of this country. If you travel throughout blogland, the blogs are full of remarks in regards to Obama’s race. I can’t believe the number of times I’ve read how wonderful it would be to have our #1 black president, or the times that I read that people can identify with Obama for being black, or all the blogs that are black/race related. YET we condemn Ferraro for saying the same thing that has been said over and over in blogland. Unbelievable…yes, Obama is where he is because he’s black and because he’s inspired a democratic party which had fallen in inertia. So lets stop being hipocrites.

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