Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Speaking of Jesse's "Hands" ad . . .

Mickey Kaus over at slate.com looks at Geraldine Ferraro's recent comments about Barack Obama and wonders if Hillary Clinton's campaign is now reliving Helms' notorious TV spot. Kaus characterizes Ferraro's remarks a "Kinsley gaffe," defined by Michael Kinsley as when a politician tells the truth. He also highlights Jesse Jackson's 1988 response when Ferraro said the same thing about him: "Some people are making hysteria while I'm making history."

1 comments:

Jon said...

Kaus is a bit late to this analogy. Back in January I alluded to that very ad in discussing the increasingly tedious racial appeals throughout the primary, with the tongue-in-cheek caption reading, "This infamous campaign spot from 1990 is far too understated on race issues, at least by today’s Democratic Party standards."