Keith Olbermann made a rare, searing attack on a Democrat last night, criticizing the Clinton campaign’s handling of the Geraldine Ferraro comments. Below, Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo on Ferraro’s spin. And CNN’s Jack Cafferty on Ferraro, before she stepped down yesterday.
Clinton apologized for Ferraro’s comments last night in a speech to the National Newspaper Publishers Association: “I certainly do repudiate it and I regret deeply that it was said. Obviously she doesn’t speak for the campaign, she doesn’t speak for any of my positions, and she has resigned from being a member of my very large finance committee.”
Clinton also apologized for remarks made by her husband after the South Carolina primary regarding Jesse Jackson’s win in that state: “I want to put that in context. You know I am sorry if anyone was offended. It was certainly not meant in any way to be offensive,” Hillary Clinton said. “We can be proud of both Jesse Jackson and Senator Obama. Anyone who has followed my husband’s public life or my public life know very well where we have stood and what we have stood for and who we have stood with. Once one of us has the nomination there will be a great effort to unify the Democratic party and we will do so, because, remember I have a lot of supporters who have voted for me in very large numbers and I would expect them to support Senator Obama if he were the nominee.”
Finally, she apologized for the government’s response after Hurricane Katrina: “I’ve said it publicly, and I say it privately: I apologize, and I am embarrassed that our government so mistreated our fellow citizens … It was a national disgrace.”