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THE PLANK NOVEMBER 5, 2007

1984

I have no idea why the Clinton campaign wants to go back to a year that wasn't a very good one for Democrats, but in the last few days Hillary has not only rolled out Walter Mondale to give her his endorsement, she's turned to Fritz's old runningmate to play the gender card for her. From today's NYT:

 “John Edwards, specifically, as well as the press, would never attack Barack Obama for two hours they way they attacked her,” said Geraldine A. Ferraro, the 1984 vice presidential candidate who supports Mrs. Clinton. “It’s O.K. in this country to be sexist,” Ms. Ferraro said.

“It’s certainly not O.K. to be racist. I think if Barack Obama had been
attacked for two hours — well, I don’t think Barack Obama would have
been attacked for two hours.”

[snip]

Ms. Ferraro said that she thought the debate and its fallout would
rally support to Mrs. Clinton. (“I am not kidding,” Ms. Ferraro said.
“I have been bombarded by e-mail.”)

“We can’t let them do this in
a presidential race,” she said. “They say we’re playing the gender
card. We are not. We are not. We have got to stand up. It’s
discrimination against her as a candidate because she is a woman.”

Somewhere Mike Dukakis is waiting for his phone to ring.

--Jason Zengerle

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