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It’s still a tie.

Silly me, I thought that the Obama campaign was winning in the “stupid comments made by supporters” campaign. Apparently I just don’t read the right weblogs.

  1. [“Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says let’s address reality and the problems we’re facing in this world, you’re accused of being racist, so you have to shut up,” Ferraro said. “Racism works in two different directions. I really think they’re attacking me because I’m white. How’s that?”] (
  2. Every time that campaign is upset about something, they call it racist,” she said. “I will not be discriminated against because I’m white. If they think they’re going to shut up Geraldine Ferraro with that kind of stuff, they don’t know me.

And this follows a comment that is basically “the only reason Barack Obama is doing well is because of black privilege.” That’s, um, barking mad, and if the Clinton campaign can’t convince her to resign from her fundraising and finance jobs, they really need to fire her immediately because this is the sort of nonsense that makes your campaign look like a racist version of the Keystone Kops.

If I was an active Clinton supporter, I’d be really mad about this, because it’s insultingly stupid bigotry and it’s going to tie the “Ms. Clinton doesn’t like n_____rs” card around her neck in such a way that it can’t be unravelled until after the general election (and there’s a nice Mr. Rove who will be happy to run a vote suppression campaign prominently featuring this campaign killing stupidity as soon as the small arms fire has died down at the Democratic convention.) As it stands, the only reason I favor Ms. Clinton over Mr. Obama is that she didn’t invite a homophobe to headline a series of pep rallies in South Carolina (I loathe the moonie-style cult of Obama on the weblogs, but I’ve got a very good way to avoid that sort of nonsense and that’s known as “edit my bookmarks list”,) so it’s “eh, one carbon copy candidate is as good as the other.”

Yes, yes, I know that Ms. Clinton has said, repeatedly, that Ms. Ferraro’s views are not the views of the campaign, but Ms. Ferraro is on her finance committee and isn’t some moonie-style camp follower. Maybe Ms. Clinton doesn’t actually want to win the Democratic nomination after all?

Update: Ka-bunt!