The poll added a question whether Geraldine Ferraro’s comments are racist. Only 23% of whites believed they were. Maybe Ferraro’s off-the-handle scream fest wasn’t so much one crazy, bitter lady who happened to be affiliated with Clinton’s campaign as it was at the very least a serendipitous misstep (or on-purpose accidental gaffe) that allows Clinton to make just the jab she needs to appeal to the beloved blue-collars in Pennsyltucky.
Not unlike Rendell’s now infamous lines:
“You’ve got conservative whites here, and I think there are some whites who are probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate. I believe, looking at the returns in my election, that had Lynn Swann [2006 Republican gubernatorial candidate] been the identical candidate that he was –well-spoken, charismatic, good-looking — but white instead of black, instead of winning by 22 points, I would have won by 17 or so.” [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]