Roger’s Rules

Geraldine Ferraro, comedienne

Wait, this is good: “Clinton-backer Ferraro: Obama Where He Is Because He’s Black.” You might be tempted to say, with Henry Higgins, “By George, I think she’s got it!” But no, no: she wasn’t being funny. She wasn’t even being truthful.

Let’s see, why was Geraldine Ferraro once a vice-presidential candidate (choose one):

1. Because of her sterling qualifications.

2. Because she would bring deep and valuable experience to the office of the vice-President.

3. Because she was a woman.

Why was Hillary Clinton elected Senator for New York and why was she considered a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination for President until Obama got into the act (choose two):

1. Because of her sterling qualifications.

2. Because she would bring deep and valuable experience to the office of the President.

3. Because she and her husband built a ruthless campaign machine that will stop at nothing to further their political careers.

4. Because she is a woman.

OK, class, time’s up. You all know the answers: how did you do?

The funniest part of Geraldine Ferraro’s little snit was when she complained that the media is “sexist.” Yes, Gerry, it is: it’s racist, too. That’s why a white male doesn’t stand a chance in the court of media opinion. It’s too bad that the ideology of sex victimization has been trumped by racial victimization in the scramble for the Democratic nomination, but really is unseemly (though as I say, quite amusing) for someone whose entire career has been fueled by pandering to the former to complain when the latter gets a look-in.