Based on this op-ed, it’s safe to say that Geraldine Ferraro won’t be writing a check to the Obama campaign anytime soon. Here’s how she tied into the Toy Messiah:

Here we are at the end of the primary season, and the effects of racism and sexism on the campaign have resulted in a split within the Democratic Party that will not be easy to heal before election day. Perhaps it’s because neither the Barack Obama campaign nor the media seem to understand what is at the heart of the anger on the part of women who feel that Hillary Clinton was treated unfairly because she is a woman or what is fueling the concern of Reagan Democrats for whom sexism isn’t an issue, but reverse racism is.

The reaction to the questions being raised has been not to listen to the message and try to find out how to deal with the problem, but rather to denigrate the messenger. Sore loser, petty, silly, vengeful are words that have dominated the headlines. But scolding and name calling don’t resolve disputes. The truth is that tens of thousands of women have watched how Clinton has been treated and are not happy. We feel that if society can allow sexism to impact a woman’s candidacy to deny her the presidency, it sends a direct signal that sexism is OK in all of society.

While I think Ms. Ferraro is being a bit melodramatic, she raises a valid point about how Sen. Obama has used words to belittle Hillary. His use of words like petty, silly and others is flippant and disrespectful.

Certainly, Hillary is tough enough to withstand the shots. It’s just that, at some point, people will take it personally after their candidate is hit with such words. It also isn’t smart to continually use such negative words if you want to win over your opponent’s supporters.

It should also point out that Sen. Obama has relied on that type of language partially because he’s such an empty suit. He can’t counter with anything incisive that rebuts Hillary’s attacks.

That isn’t Ms. Ferraro’s only complaint, either:

Since March, when I was accused of being racist for a statement I made about the influence of blacks on Obama’s historic campaign, people have been stopping me to express a common sentiment: If you’re white you can’t open your mouth without being accused of being racist. They see Obama’s playing the race card throughout the campaign and no one calling him for it as frightening. They’re not upset with Obama because he’s black; they’re upset because they don’t expect to be treated fairly because they’re white. It’s not racism that is driving them, it’s racial resentment. And that is enforced because they don’t believe he understands them and their problems. That when he said in South Carolina after his victory “Our Time Has Come” they believe he is telling them that their time has passed.

What Ms. Ferraro is pointing out is how frequently the Obama campaign has labeled their fellow liberals as racists. Based on this, I’d say they’ve reached a new stage of anger, which I’m titling the ‘They’re mad as hell and they aren’t gonna take it anymore’ stage. This group of liberals have always considered themselves as enlightened on racial and sexual issues. Now they’re being called racists and it isn’t sitting well with them.

Welcome to the world that Republicans live in on a daily basis. The media and other liberals have always thought that to be Republican is to be racist. They’re so convinced of that that they accept it as an article of liberal faith. They don’t need to even discuss it.

Isn’t it ironic that the year when Democrats’ top contenders are an African-American senator and a former First Lady, they end up with a shouting match with shouts of racism and sexism? (I’d use a stronger word than ironic if it existed.)

That’s the price you pay when you play identity politics.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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