"I am who I am and I will continue to speak up." She added that she thought it was a shame that the Obama campaign was trying to block her First Amendment rights, and that she felt that was no way to conduct a campaign. on Geraldine Ferraro [CNN]
Just so we're clear, the First Amendment protects speech from government censorship, not private criticism. And, the First Amendment certainly doesn't protect politicians from criticism. It guarantees the right to criticize them, even if that criticism bothers them terribly.
Obama has exercised his First Amendment right to criticize Ms. Ferraro and Ms. Ferraro is exercising her First Amendment right to shut up or respond as she chooses. Not that any of this matters to Ferraro, a law school graduate who knows better. That's because all of her remarks on this subject have had, from the beginning, only one very cynically calculated purpose -- to gin up and fuel resentments among working class voters in Pennsylvania.
In a move that has become standard for political dirty water carriers, Ferraro has resigned from the Clinton campaign, but I'm sure she remains hopeful about her expanded personal prospects in the event of another Clinton White House. The Clintons do know how to pay their campaign debts. Just ask Marc Rich and a few of the other convicted criminals Mr. Clinton pardoned as he exited the White House.