I actually hope Ferraro stops speaking about it. The more she tries to explain what she meant and the more defensive she gets, the worse it actually sounds. I don't think she's an intentional racist, but her remarks certainly came across as racist. Obama has not had advantages being black. If anything, he has had obstacles to overcome.
"I am stepping down from your finance committee so I can speak for myself and you can continue to speak for yourself about what is at stake in this campaign," Ferraro wrote in a letter to Clinton.
"The Obama campaign is attacking me to hurt you. I won't let that happen."
I am glad, though, that Ferraro realized that this would hurt Hillary's campaign. The conversation needs to be about the future, not about what Ms. Ferraro believes are perceived slights to women. The sexism she mentioned is certainly real. But so is the racism that Obama has faced.
Hillary, as an admirer of Ferraro's trail blazing history, was in a bind. Like so many of us in the 1980s, she was energized by Geraldine Ferraro's history making vice presidency, which gave so many of us hope. It's so hard to criticize somebody who had been an icon of the Democratic Party and of women everywhere.
Nevertheless, she got it wrong in her assessment of Obama. But she does not represent the Clinton campaign, and she has exited the stage. Now, let's get the discussion back to the future.