This is how she responded in part:
"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 ..."
Racism works in two different directions. I really think they're attacking me because I'm white. How's that?"
So Ferraro makes Obama's race the sole reason for his "success" yet this is not to be deemed racist. Has she been sleeping through the historical contentiousness of race and racism in America?
I don't think so.
What Ferraro said is as crass as it is calculated. She is motioning an urgent race warning to white supporters of Obama to reject him or risk losing to McCain.
And even as Clinton distances herself from this racist appeal, it serves her interests. The deed, as they say, is already done.
Ferraro's message to white men is that Obama's "success" is a kind of contrived affirmative action that has gone too far in terms of its liberal intent.
In this context, she wants to agitate white men to see that they are being discriminated against even as they may be supporting Obama.
She is also saying to Obama's white female supporters that they must remember that sexism always trumps racism.
In effect, Ferraro's comments is an "enough is enough" warning to those silly white liberals who think Obama is anything more than a Black man in America's treacherous race relations.
This then is the "fact" that she is asserting. What she won't acknowledge is that her "fact" is distorted by racism.
Still, she is brazen enough, or rather the Clinton campaign is desperate enough, to suggest that Obama is just an unqualified Black man.
Obama, on the other hand, can't call her a racist upper-class liberal because that would betray the trust of his white supporters. He needs white folk and colourpeans to believe that he can transcend race, particularly his race.
And this is what is wrong with Obama. He is an opportunistic apologist for the very racism that created, and sustains, him.
In fact, he is even now on record saying that he does not think that Ferraro's comments are racist.
He obviously needed to say this.
For Obama, the so-called issues cannot be about the systemic racism that defines America. It can never be.
This is the main reason behind his "success".
In order for Clinton to win the democratic nomination she will need the likes of Ferraro to remind white voters that Obama can't escape being Black.
What a liberal dilemma for the Clinton campaign hey?
***Update (March 13, 12:13am SA time)***
Geraldine Ferraro resigns from Clinton campaign.