Breaking: Ferraro quits

Well, we knew it would eventually come to this, didn’t we? Geraldine Ferraro has resigned from Hillary Clinton’s finance committee after taking a barrage of criticism for repeatedly insisting that Barack Obama only got this far because he’s black. CNN has a copy of her resignation letter:

In a letter to Clinton obtained by CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux — who spoke with the former vice presidential candidate shortly after she sent it to Clinton — Ferraro said she is stepping down so, “I can speak for myself and you can continue to speak for yourself about what is at stake in this campaign.” …

“The Obama campaign is attacking me to hurt you. I won’t let that happen.”

The Ferraro flap promises to hurt both Obama and Hillary in its flameout.  It makes Obama look as though he can’t take analysis, let alone criticism.  Hillary, meanwhile, looks vacillating, having attempted to distance herself from Ferraro’s remarks without taking any apparent action to get her to shut up about Obama’s race.

Mostly, though, the entire chapter is just one more briefly entertaining and somewhat embarrassing stop on the Democratic identity-politics meltdown.