“Those crazy crackers on the right, like if they start with their very hateful language…”It must not have occurred to her that "crazy crackers" is itself hateful language and that she was the one using it.
Some say the phrase "crazy crackers" goes beyond hateful; they say "cracker" is racist. For that, Ms. Finney apologized, as Fox News reports:
As long as hateful rhetoric is such a convenient substitute for rational argument, I don't expect politics ever to become more civil.
A more complete video of Ms. Finney's MSNBC appearance, showing the context of her remarks, is here. Ms. Finney is not a marginal figure. In addition to being a former Director of Communications for the DNC, Ms. Finney is columnist for The Hill and a commentator for Politico, MSNBC and The Huffington Post.