G. Ferraro:


"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?"



This kind of stuff doesn't move votes; it moves eyes off the more important stuff, like Client 9's and Pennsylvania and Iraq and John McCain ... the tongue is only half in cheek. What more is there to say? I suppose an entire theory can be created from this one incident about the theory of white ethnic resentment? I'll leave that to one of my colleagues -- those who are allowed to write about their opinions.

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