By now you have probably heard that Hillary Clinton staff person and former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro said Obama wouldn't be in the current front runner position if he were white.
Obama responded immediately by saying, "Part of what I think Geraldine Ferraro is doing, and I respect the fact that she was a trailblazer, is to participate in the kind of slice and dice politics that’s about race and about gender and about this and that, and that’s what Americans are tired of because they recognize that when we divide ourselves in that way we can’t solve problems.”
Good response by Obama, he's very calculated at such interchanges, no doubt. Still, I think Ferraro is at least partially right. Obama's race is helping his popularity. What's the big difference between John Edwards and Barack Obama? Not much other than their race. Frankly, John Edwards was a more experienced candidate who actually has a legislative track record that has relevance to presidential duties. Obama has been in the Senate two years (based on one speech at the DNC in 2004) and has done nothing but plan his presidential run since.
The fact is, people are hungry for "change". Obama represents change in the minds of many. His being African American only perpetuates the sense of change about him. Come on, let's all admit it- Obama's race is most definitely helping his front runner status. Ferraro is right.
By the way, while I'm on a bit of a politically incorrect tear, as it relates to odd reasons people gain popularity- Does anyone think George Bush becomes the governor of Texas if he wasn't George Bush Sr.'s son? The Presidency? How about Hillary as a NY Senator? A Presidential candidate? Who knows or cares about her if she wasn't married to Bill Clinton? She doesn't have an original political bone in her body. She's only in the position she's in because of who she was married to (I know feminists love that!).
It is what it is.