The Geraldine Ferraro comment was completely mild and no one knew of it until the Barrack Obama campaign saw it as a way to silence all criticism of Barack Rezko Obama. This was an intentional ploy by David Axelrod. They had to reach to find this and turn it into a claim of racism. The original interview in the obscure paper the Daily Breeze was nothing to complain about at all.
On March 7, 2008, Ferraro made remarks in an interview with a small newspaper from Torrance, California called The Daily Breeze, saying:
“I think what America feels about a woman becoming president takes a very secondary place to Obama’s campaign – to a kind of campaign that it would be hard for anyone to run against,” she said. “For one thing, you have the press, which has been uniquely hard on her. It’s been a very sexist media. Some just don’t like her. The others have gotten caught up in the Obama campaign.
“If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position,” she continued. “And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.” 
The Obama campaign had already decided in advance of the Ferraro comment to play the race card and label someone as racist in order to silence criticism of Obama. They couldn’t allow Obama to be seen as inexperienced, which he is, if they wanted to beat Hillary and then McCain. Obama was not being criticized last year at all by the press. In the last month its become acceptable to criticize Obama. Axelrod decided to find someone to take attack to silence critics.
Axelrod and Obama didn’t just react to Ferraro’s comments. They analyzed Ferraro’s history to pick her as the right one to attack. This was a deliberate act. They had already decided to destroy someone as racist for criticizing Obama, someone associated with the Clinton campaign. They were previewing
many comments for this. They got this comment, did a background check of Ferraro and decided Ferraro fit their profile of the white person they wanted to call racist.
“Axelrod, veteran of Chicago’s ugly racialized battles,”
Obama switched to down and dirty Chicago style.
We saw the sneer side of Obama in one debate. Now we see the David Axelrod smear side of Obama. Barack Sneer and Smear Obama is not a likable candidate. What personna will he try to reinvent himself as?
Mondale’s campaign was already far behind the Republican ticket when Ferraro joined the ticket, and one issue that hurt her credibility was her disclosure of her husband’s tax returns. In July 1984, she said she would release both her and her husband’s tax returns. Yet a month later she backtracked and said she would release only her returns. Then she backtracked again, saying her husband would release “a financial — a tax statement” on August 20. But she must not have consulted her husband, because Zaccaro initially refused. To her astonishment news surfaced that when she was a baby both parents had been under federal criminal indictment for gambling; the charges were dropped when her father died. After the election the House Ethics Committee officially criticized her mishandling of campaign finances.
Axelrod read her bio on Wikipedia before they decided on Ferraro as the target for white working class victim of the race card. They were profiling her based on Jimmy the Greek Snyder, John Rocker, Trent Lott, etc. They wanted a white working class politician who had had problems in her past to go after.
Axelrod and Obama also wanted a woman so that people would associate that with Hillary. If it was a man, they would be reminded that Hillary had had Bill as a burden on her life. By picking a woman they avoid that sympathy card for Hillary.
The David Axelrod message is that any white person who criticizes Obama is in danger of losing their job. They set out to get Ferraro fired. This is an intentional deliberate ploy from the dirty world of racist Chicago politics, the political world that David Axelrod knows. Axelrod and Obama played the smear card and its intended to put Obama back on the pedastal where he can’t be criticized by any white who wants to keep their job.