The Risks of Umbrage

During a day’s worth of high-octane umbrage-taking over GeraldineFerraro’s comments about Barack Obama, Ferraro herself was unrepentant .

“If it makes David [Axelrod] happy I would get off thefinance committee. But I’m telling David that I will raise money for Hillary. Andif Barack Obama is the candidate, he shouldn’t really antagonize people likeme. Because he’s going to come to me and ask me to raise money for Barack Obama,and I would do it for him too, if he stops doing this kind of horrendous attacksat me.”

She has a point. There’s a risk in all this How dare you! perception warfare thatyou alienate Democrats who would otherwise be glad to help out. Of course, for Obama, a sympathy vote now is worth as much or more than a dollar later.