“Go get ‘em, Geraldine!”

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Publicly, I cannot condone what Geraldine Ferraro said, but everyone knows she’s right. Barack Obama would not be where he is today if he was a fat, balding caucasian politician from Chicago.

It was Bill’s idea to play one last race card and getting Ferraro to yank on Obama’s chain was a masterful ploy. The message is the same. Obama is not like the rest of us. Only the messenger changed. After all, who wants to beat up on an old woman? Ferraro’s gotta be in her mid 70s, maybe even 80 by now. She’s got more wrinkles than a 2,000 year old tree has rings.

The icing on the cake is how the Obama camp jumps like an alley cat on a three-legged mouse when people say things like that. Squirm and squeal and screech. It’s almost comical. Even better is my carefully crafted response from Terry McAuliffe:

It is regrettable that any of our supporters on both side - because we’ve both had that experience - say things that kind of veer off into the personal. We ought to keep this on the issues. There are differences between us. There are differences between our approaches on healthcare, on energy, on our experience, on our results that we’ve produced for people. That’s what this campaign should be about.”

I love playing hardball. No rejection of Ferraro’s comment. No repudiation. No nothing. Roll ‘em and let ‘em ride. Terry also threw in a line where I’m supposed to remind everyone that Obama is different than the rest of us in some sort of colorful, magical, mystical Barney the Dinosaur kind of way.

I’ll save that one.

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