Former VP candidate Geraldine Ferraro resigned after making this comment about Obama:
"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position," she continued. "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."
Talkleft has more, and I'd recommend a read of the comments section too - it's at least as informative as the article, just in a different way. My take?
If Obama was an African-American woman with his thin and undistinguished legislative record, would she be a serious Presidential candidate? I can't believe that for a minute. A white woman? No, I cannot believe that either. A white male? Not just no - hell, no. You might want to ask Mr. "didn't even carry my own state" Edwards about that one...
I've started to bump into some interesting emerging reactions to it, too - the whole thing appears to be hitting a nerve for some women, who see it as a replay of the "experienced, qualified woman passed over by slick male newcomer deemed 'promising'" scenario. Clinton's known negatives don't figure in - it's clearly a personal sore spot, to the point where it's causing me second thoughts about some of the "glass ceiling" issues I've tended to dismiss. Ferraro obviously felt it, and voiced that.
She has resigned, but that meme was and is out there. It's interesting in that it fits with an emerging theme that Clinton's campaign is feeding/ working with: working at setting the stage so that they have more permission to treat Obama just like any other candidate, and hold him to the same harsh scrutiny.
Do I mind? Actually, no. If someone is running for President, from either party, their record and qualifications had better be open to serious scrutiny - and his have not. But the big bad world will be at least as tough, and won't pull its punches for you.
"Paging Mr. Alcibiades" not a great scenario for the country. No matter which side is answering the page. Maybe Obama can dispel that, and maybe he can't. But he absolutely must be forced to try.