Geraldine Ferraro, the former vice presidential nominee, is the latest high-profile person in the corner of the Democratic heavyweights to go off-message.
Ferraro, who backs Hillary Clinton, is being excoriated by Barack Obama's campaign for suggesting that he wouldn't be a contender if he were a white man or a woman of any color.
"He happens to be very lucky who he is," she told a local newspaper in California last week.
This morning on MSNBC, Obama adviser Susan Rice (who caused her candidate some heartache, herself, by saying that neither he nor Clinton is ready to answer the proverbial 3 a.m. phone call in the White House) called the comment "outrageous and offensive" and called on the Clinton camp to repudiate it.
Rice said it was worse than Samantha Power calling Clinton a "monster" -- a comment that forced her resignation as an unpaid foreign policy adviser to Obama on Friday.
The Clinton campaign quickly distanced itself from Ferraro's comment.
UPDATE: "I do not agree with that," Clinton told the Associated Press this afternoon. "It is regrettable that any of our supporters on both sides, because we've both had that experience, say things that kind of veer off into the personal. We ought to keep this on the issues. There are differences between us. There are differences between our approaches on health care, on energy, on our experience, on our results that we've produced for people. That's what this campaign should be about."
UPDATE: Clinton's comments didn't satisy the Obama campaign.
"With Senator Clinton’s refusal to denounce or reject Ms. Ferraro, she has once again proven that her campaign gets to live by its own rules and its own double standard, and will only decry offensive comments when it’s politically advantageous to Senator Clinton. Her refusal to take responsibility for her own supporter’s remarks is exactly the kind of tactic that feeds the American people’s cynicism about politics today and it’s why Barack Obama’s message of change has resonated so strongly in every corner of the country," said Obama spokesman Bill Burton.
UPDATE: Obama, himself, told The (Allentown) Morning Call: "I don't think Geraldine Ferraro's comments have any place in our politics or in the Democratic Party. They are divisive. I think anybody who understands the history of this country knows they are patently absurd. And I would expect that the same way those comments don't have a place in my campaign they shouldn't have a place in Senator Clinton's either."
UPDATE: Maggie Williams, Clinton's campaign manager, just issued a statement that accused Obama's campaign staff of forgetting she described as his pledge in January not to push stories about race.
"We have not. And, we reject these false, personal and politically calculated attacks on the eve of a primary. This campaign should be about the leadership we need for a better future and these attacks serve only to divide the Democratic Party and the American people."
UPDATE: Ferraro stood by her point tonight on Fox News Channel, but said, "I'm sorry people thought it was racist."
Earlier in the campaign, Bill Shaheen, a Clinton campaign co-chairman in New Hampshire, stepped aside after discussing Obama's acknowledged teen-age drug use. And staffers in Iowa were sacked after forwarding emails with false rumors that Obama is a Muslim.