Ferraro: I want a study done on sexism in this campaign

posted at 6:20 pm on May 30, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Geraldine Ferraro has not gone away, quietly or otherwise, since becoming a focal point of the charges of racism and sexism in the Democratic primary campaign. Today, she writes about healing the divide in the party, but not before the Barack Obama campaign acknowledges the hurt feelings it caused women and make amends. Since Obama’s advisers refuse to do so, Ferraro wants a study done to determine how much the two campaigns engaged in racism and sexism:

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.

In response, a group of women – from corporate executives to academics to members of the media – have requested that the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University and others conduct a study, which we will pay for if necessary, to determine three things.

First, whether either the Clinton or Obama campaign engaged in sexism and racism; second, whether the media treated Clinton fairly or unfairly; and third whether certain members of the media crossed an ethical line when they changed the definition of journalist from reporter and commentator to strategist and promoter of a candidate. And if they did to suggest ethical guidelines which the industry might adopt.

Yeah, that’ll heal the party! Who said Operation Chaos couldn’t possibly succeed?

This typifies the victimology at the heart of identity politics. Instead of just asking everyone to get over it, the Democrats need to find a referee to see who can claim the prize of Biggest Victim of 2008. That pretty much describes Democrats in any year, but usually they just have everyone tie for the winner. Not this year!

It seems to me that voters can decide this for themselves, without Shorenstein studies or Victim of the Year presentations at Harvard. If women feel that insulted by Obama, then they can make a market-based decision to vote for someone else, or no one at all. If white Reagan Democrats feel as insulted as Ferraro postulates later in the piece — a group with which Ferraro had little contact in her career — then they will vote for someone other than Obama as well. We won’t need a Harvard study to determine that; all we need is a general election.

A television show from the 50′s used to crown one woman “Queen for a Day”, usually the one who could come up with the biggest sob story. It looks like the Democrats have decided to provide us with a remake.


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Shouldn’t it be good news that white males in Appalachia voted overwhelmingly for Hillary? Oh that’s right they were racists.

mred on May 30, 2008 at 6:28 PM

“Who does this typical white ho think she is? The racist bitch should just shut the F up!”
- Barack Hussein Obama

miles on May 30, 2008 at 6:31 PM

In response, a group of women – from corporate executives to academics to members of the media – have requested that the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University and others conduct a study, which we will pay for if necessary, to determine three things.

Let Geri and her friends buy whatever they like with their own money.

funky chicken on May 30, 2008 at 6:31 PM

Ferraro wants a study done to determine how much the two campaigns engaged in racism and sexism — Ed Morrissey

Fine sweety but YOU pay for it, don’t be asking citizens to pay it.

Maxx on May 30, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Instead of just asking everyone to get over it, the Democrats need to find a referee to see who can claim the prize of Biggest Victim of 2008.

Heh.

amerpundit on May 30, 2008 at 6:35 PM

I’d gladly chip in to fund a national conversation on racism and sexism in the Democratic Party. I’d feel better about that than about giving to McCain, and it would probably be a more effective way of getting him elected, too. We need to encourage this!

boko fittleworth on May 30, 2008 at 6:40 PM

Maybe we should rename the highest office in the land to Victim of the United States … or Office of the Victimy

darwin on May 30, 2008 at 6:42 PM

Oh c’mon, Geraldine. There hasn’t been any sexism. Clinton isn’t Thatcher, after all. As far as racism goes, there’s been plenty of that – all coming from Obama supporters.

Connie on May 30, 2008 at 6:43 PM

Absoluetly brilliant,a femenazi blitzkrieg
assualt on the Democratic party in the way of
a Liberal witch hunt in the form of a study
of sexism of their very own political party!

And this is UNITY,this is the woman side of Liberals,
great scott,theres immigration crowd,the anti-war
Moonbats,and every other special interest groups that
are at war within the Liberal party!

For Liberal’s who keep fantasying their party will
unite and come together and rally around the nominee!

And this is going to happen when and where? Denver?

canopfor on May 30, 2008 at 6:48 PM

Maybe she can get this added to Doudou Diene’s portfolio.

eeyore on May 30, 2008 at 6:53 PM

It would actualy be an interesting study…

As long as they looked at one other thing…

Do Republicans get treated equaly? or are they treated even worse than Blacks and Women are by the Press.

Hmmm… Racism… Sexism… Partyism?

Romeo13 on May 30, 2008 at 6:58 PM

Romeo13 on May 30, 2008 at 6:58 PM

Better yet, why don’t we do a study on BDS?

Connie on May 30, 2008 at 7:07 PM

Rush must be proud.

The ONLY reason Obama is going to be the nominee is because he is black. He is breathtakingly unqualified for being POTUS.

The only way he wins the nomination is if the Dhimmis DON’T count millions of votes. Touché!

Mojave Mark on May 30, 2008 at 7:09 PM

It just never ends.

Terrye on May 30, 2008 at 7:32 PM

Isn’t some guy from the UN Human Rights Council going to tour the US to do a study on racism? Why not get him to do it while he’s at it? Certainly the UNHRC is great at creating useless reports…one more should be no problem.

Blaise on May 30, 2008 at 7:34 PM

She was really good in Sex And The City.

bloggless on May 30, 2008 at 7:40 PM

Which Clinton campaign? If she’s talking about Bill’s campaign, we don’t need no stinking study.

bloggless on May 30, 2008 at 7:41 PM

Doesn’t anybody else see the truth here?

The Democrat long has raised funds on the promise that various special interest would be rewarded threefold when the Democrats returned to power. Two of the most lucrative sources for funds were the race industry and the feminists. Somebody had to lose out and Ferraro is simply trying to keep the biddies in the fold by vowing meaningless investigations (think of Geraldine as Henry Waxman with a slightly larger mustache).

highhopes on May 30, 2008 at 7:41 PM

Ferraro: I want a study done on sexism in this campaign

Another has-been grasping for another 15 minutes in the spotlight.

Maybe she and Carter and Huckabee could form some kind of club or something.

MB4 on May 30, 2008 at 7:51 PM

Dumb.

Weebork on May 30, 2008 at 7:54 PM

And John McCain gets a giggle fit.

- The Cat

P.S. Yeah I said it, a giggle fit.

MirCat on May 30, 2008 at 9:07 PM

This mentality is so unbelievably debilitating. I can’t imagine looking around everyday of my life for people who are oppressing me. It must be exhausting. Butch up. Not just Ferraro but the entire democrat party. BUTCH UP!

Mormon Doc on May 30, 2008 at 9:34 PM

Cougar Madness takes over the Democratic Party…..

AprilOrit on May 30, 2008 at 9:40 PM

She was really good in Sex And The City.

bloggless on May 30, 2008 at 7:40 PM

Cougar Tail running wild through the NY Democratic Party….

AprilOrit on May 30, 2008 at 9:41 PM

This typifies the victimology at the heart of identity politics.

You are absolutely right Ed. In liberalism, the “winner” is the one who garners the most sympathy.

And this is ideology that John McCain and the Washington Republicans want to emulate? Pity.

RMR on May 30, 2008 at 9:45 PM

Hillary will have to give a unity speech in Denver.

Will she give a passionate call to arms? Because she cares about her party… (Heh)

Or will she give a perfunctory, obligatory, monotone job?

Gee, that’s a toughie.

silverfox on May 30, 2008 at 9:57 PM

Doesn’t anybody else see the truth here?

The Democrat long has raised funds on the promise that various special interest would be rewarded threefold when the Democrats returned to power. Two of the most lucrative sources for funds were the race industry and the feminists. Somebody had to lose out and Ferraro is simply trying to keep the biddies in the fold by vowing meaningless investigations (think of Geraldine as Henry Waxman with a slightly larger mustache).

highhopes on May 30, 2008 at 7:41 PM

BINGO!! Those fem-nazis marching up the hill behind Shillary are bringing scary back. The biddies in the fold are scary monsters with a very radical agenda.

AprilOrit on May 30, 2008 at 10:05 PM

Senile.

revolution on May 30, 2008 at 11:01 PM

O&OT…..she was on The Factor tonight, Billy Boy just can’t quaff the Messiah Koolaid fast enough as he prostrates himself. O’Reilly’s frustration is born of Obamas indifference. I sent this e-mail to The Factor after tonights sorry display of desperation.

Bill,

As an ex teacher I’m sure you are familiar with the mathematical function known as the LCD (lowest common denominator) given Obama’s association with the good Rev. Wright and now Father Pfleger how can you insist Obama is a victim of the preachers he choose to solicit? Give it up Bill, “The Messiah” will never appear on your show!

dmann on May 30, 2008 at 11:55 PM

but not before the Barack Obama campaign acknowledges the hurt feelings it caused women and make amends

The bean counters.

aengus on May 31, 2008 at 12:49 AM

Study, cruddy, muddy…LOL Geri, you were thrown under the bus by your own RATS. Get over it. Get a life. Change political parties.

byteshredder on May 31, 2008 at 1:18 AM

Why does this need a study? How has the left treated Michelle Malkin? Of course they are sexist. How do they treat Micheal Steele? Everything they ever claimed to stand against, they themselves do, and do it better than anyone could possibly hope to. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to be a Democrat. They really are victims. Of themselves.

Shay on May 31, 2008 at 2:11 AM

Shemale

winemkr on May 31, 2008 at 4:28 AM

The street fighting in Denver will be interesting.

Gangs of white women (or black women ? or a mixture ? along with gay/cross dressers ? maybe the DNC will assign percentages for both)

battling

black Americans (or will it be just Kenyan Americans ? or people who are a mixture of white/black ? and will this crowd include some black women or women who are white/black ? again maybe the DNC will assign percentages before the riots begin)

battling

gay/lesbian/transexual whites and/or blacks and/or Kenyan Americans.

Of course this all wouldn’t be happening if Booosh were not POTUS and we were not in Iraq and more money had been dumped invested in green energy.

Pack of fools, everyone of them.

JonRoss on May 31, 2008 at 6:08 AM

And frankly, who cares if sexism, or racism is involved in these elections?
Nobody can stop it. That would be mind control.
Nobody can change it. Americans are free to vote for whomever they want, for reasons that they don’t have to explain.
So go home Geraldine and be quiet, because nobody really cares what you’ve got to say anyway.

bridgetown on May 31, 2008 at 9:25 AM

I grow so tired of these democratic socialist twits.

Take your politics of group identity & victimology and go away.

The responsible adults of this world will thank you.

locomotivebreath1901 on May 31, 2008 at 9:33 AM

You’d think that after her and Mondale lost to Reagan way back then that Ferraro would have come to a realization that no one gives a damn what she has to say. If she thinks that was then, this is now, guess what Gerry-baby? Nothing has changed.

pilamaye on May 31, 2008 at 9:42 AM

You’d think that after her and Mondale lost to Reagan way back then that Ferraro would have come to a realization that no one gives a damn what she has to say. If she thinks that was then, this is now, guess what Gerry-baby? Nothing has changed.

pilamaye on May 31, 2008 at 9:42 AM

She’s just another old doll with a very, very bad marriage. She and Hillary are members of that jilted wives club that feels the need to get even.

AprilOrit on May 31, 2008 at 10:38 AM

AprilOrit on May 31, 2008 at 10:38 AM

Now That was sexist.

(And I don’t care.)

(oh, and I’m a woman)

bridgetown on May 31, 2008 at 12:22 PM

Geraldine has done the triple dipple flip over the cliff of insanity. I hope it don’t hurt too bad when she hits the rocks, her intent is good. (NOT.)
Hilly wasn’t qualified to become a ‘senator’, her name and gender are now the only reasons she should be POTUS…sounds like a typical liberal feminazi line of ‘reasoning’ to me–the reformed bleeding heart.

Christine on May 31, 2008 at 2:22 PM

“She and Hillary are members of that jilted wives club that feels the need to get even.” Bingo…and that means amassing as much power as possible.

Christine on May 31, 2008 at 2:24 PM

This is how the Leftists approach everything.

Ever get into argument with one of them about anything.. like Iraq or the Budget… they spend all their time loking to blame things on people.. They spend ZERO time looking forward or for solutions.

VinceP1974 on May 31, 2008 at 2:33 PM

Ugh. I wasn’t particularly impressed with Ferraro as VP candidate, but she now shows how unfit for office she is. Captain, you hit this one out of the park. The victimhood sweepstakes, as John Leo once referred to it, is the natural result of identity politics. Insisting on trying to see everything in terms of discriminatory behavior based on race, gender, or cultural identity has not done anything to bring Americans together. Quite to the contrary, the divisiveness has increased, not diminished as actual racism and sexism have been reduced as factors in the public sector.

I am sure part of this is the Democratic party’s utilization of identity politics as a political organizing tool for short term goals; but realize that this has become institutionalized. It is not just the Democratic Party, but many of its supporters who understand this. There is a well entrenched, well organized ‘diversity industry” which understands that if it admits that there has been change, it is out of business. See the recent remark by Evelyn Hu-DeHart, quoted in the recent issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education. Dr. Hu-Dehart is the intellectual who hired Ward Churchill at the University of Colorado; she is now bringing her diversity process to Brown University.

The national dialog on race that Obama talks about would probably accomplish more if the professional race hustlers like Jackson, Sharpton and Wright; the professional gender hustlers at NOW and NARAL; the diversity bigots like Hu-DeHart; and the Marxist fools like Ayers, Davis, and Dohrn were all given no publicity, and sent to the obscurity their ill-conceived theories deserve. I don’t look for that to happen any time soon. Which I why I will vote for McCain,and support Republican candidates in my local and state elections. I’m tired of the silly nostrums offered by the graying flower children who keep spouting discredited slogans and tired identity agitprop.

Orson Buggeigh on May 31, 2008 at 3:05 PM

The democrats are making the europeans look goooood.

jukin on May 31, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Give Ferraro the microphone. She earned her spot in the DNC lime light. How is it going to hurt the GOP or anyone else who doesn’t deserve a good bruising to give her the study she wants? Ferraro will make better reading any day of the week than Michelle Obama and her stupid thesis on Princeton blacks retaining their black hurt feelings no matter how many friends they make within the tapestry of our entire American population and no matter how many grand opportunities they are given upon graduation and in the work force.

I get a kick out of hearing Ferraro rev her engine, daring Berry to take her on mano e mano at the race track.

maverick muse on May 31, 2008 at 5:45 PM

“Who does this typical white ho think she is? The racist bitch should just shut the F up!”
- Barack Hussein Obama

miles on May 30, 2008 at 6:31 PM

Were you wearing blackface when you wrote this? I mean really.

I wonder how many racist friends or family members the average Republican person has. Hmm. It really doesn’t matter though, because every Republican shares a party with people who are avowed and confirmed racists. I’ve never heard of any Republican suggesting that we purge ourselves of the racists in our midst.

I’m waiting for the entire party to denounce and reject itself. Baby steps; I’ll start.

I denounce and reject you and your tardish words.

The Race Card on May 31, 2008 at 6:43 PM

How about a study to understand how many of Shillary’s supporters also support Code Pink.

Here supporters are a disgusting bunch or ravel rousing nitwits who blame men for all the ills in the world, what a bunch of freaks.

AprilOrit on May 31, 2008 at 7:13 PM

Victor Victoria will not butt out. Who is this butch again?

leftnomore on June 1, 2008 at 3:44 AM

There are a lot of women’s libbers disenfranchised by Obama. Whether you like them or not doesn’t reference their existence. Ferraro’s career was nothing I admired personally. None the less, she consistently represents a block of avid voters who have served the DNC faithfully for 50 years. The DNC is throwing them under the bus. “Them” includes a lot of American working mothers and mothers-in-law who were dumped for a newer model after they bore their husband’s children and reached the age of 40. Obviously, Ferraro only represents those women, not having lived their lives. But she’s not going to watch her constituents get the party boot. And for those idiots who equate the posh Code Pink loafers with the divorcees of the ’60′s, take note that the women’s libbers of the ’60′s were avidly patriotic WWII veterans’ wives who did not malign the military. Those in the ’60′s protesting Vietnam are the “mature” politicians today abusing their mothers, the libbers. Karma or not doesn’t make it right to push your mother under the bus.

So I get a kick out of Ferraro not caving in to roll on over for Obama’s master. She has the right to bitch and moan, having served the DNC longer than her opponents.

maverick muse on June 1, 2008 at 7:58 AM

hm…response lost?

maverick muse on June 1, 2008 at 7:59 AM

Evidently WordPress lost my response posted before 8am.

It’s never right to push your mother or grandmother under the bus. The women’s libbers of the ’60s were not anti-war demonstrators so much as they were WWII vet wives who’d been dumped for newer models after bearing their husband’s children and reaching the age of 40. THESE aging democrat women are NOT the Code Pink losers. Do not be so stupid as to compare those two populations merely because they are both comprised of female Democrats. However, these aging democrat women’s children WERE the anti-war protesters of the ’60s; and those anti-war demonstrators are the very politicians in the DNC who are throwing their mothers under the bus. As Obama does, so does the DNC. Despite 50 years of service to the Democrat Party, these aging women who are avid voters have been disenfranchised by their children. There is no karmatic excuse for bagging your mom and tossing her into the river because she wouldn’t just go along.

So give Ferraro her microphone and let her have her say. Although she didn’t suffer as her constituents did all those years as her life was privileged, none the less, Ferraro has consistently represented her constituents, the wives of WWII vets and their daughters. More power to her; she has the balls to confront the bullies in her party.

The DNC needs a house cleaning, anyway. The odd thing is that for all of the equal rights that white women fought for on behalf of blacks and all American minorities, there’s no gratitude for the woman. Michelle Obama has a special place in mind for older white women. And Ferraro ain’t going there without a cat fight. This is as close to NASCAR as one could wish for in the race to the White House. We’re witnessing where equal rights draw the lanes for traffic that will eventually affect the GOP as popular dynamics go.

maverick muse on June 1, 2008 at 8:49 AM

A study? A lousy study by some collection of academic pointy heads? COME ON!!! What you need is a special prosecutor looking into whether any human rights violations have been committed. Now THAT’S the Democrat MO.

smellthecoffee on June 1, 2008 at 1:26 PM