Twenty four years ago Geraldine Ferarro was the first woman to be on a major presidential ticket. She was the Vice President on the Walter Mondale ticket that lost in a landslide to Ronald Reagan. Fast forward to 2008 and Hillary Clinton is trying to become the first woman president of the United States of America and is currently embattled in a very close Democratic nomination race with Illinois Senator Barack Obama. Tonight the race goes to the Mississippi voters.
Ferarro has been attached to the Clintons since Hillary’s husband Bill’s administration appointed her to the position of ambassador to the United Nations Committee on Human Rights. She has been a strong ally of Mrs. Clinton and has served her campaign as a surrogate speaker, fund raiser, financial committee member, and even worked the phone banks. In addition to her work with the Clintons, Ferraro has worn many hats from hosting the television show “Crossfire” to being a U.S. Congresswoman, and even holding the position of senior managing director of the Global Consulting Group corporate public relations firm.
Sadly as accomplished as this woman has been and as dedicated to Hillary Clinton she has shown to be, her recent words may be the final stamp on her legacy. Like the sex scandal involved New York Governor Eliot Spitzer aka Client 9 or the “run for cover” quitting Admiral William Fallon, an entire career of public and or country service will be tarnished this week. Ferarro gave an interview to the Daily Breeze to preview her then upcoming speaking engagement at the Armstrong Theatre of the Torrance Cultural Arts Center Theatre in Torrance. In this phone interview with staff writer Jim Farber, Ferarro talked about the expected issues that challenge Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Issues like the media being soft on Barack Obama and of course gender.
“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.”
Perhaps she should have taken pointers from the California community that regulates certain types of language rather than from gays > terrorists Sally Kern (who also fits the tarnished career description above) before she delivered her inferences that Barack Obama was having success based on the fact that he was black.
“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.“
This nomination process has seen record levels of media coverage and many people involved with the campaigns just running their mouths and being removed from their involvement. It is hard to decipher what is “authorized” by the candidates and what will be denied and denounced once it has been said. The final chapter of this foot-in-mouth story has likely not been written.
Hillary’s Communication Director, Howard Wolfson, today compared Senator Obama to Kenneth Starr:
He chose not to address those questions, but to attack Senator Clinton. I for one do not believe that imitating Ken Starr is the way to win a Democratic primary election for president.
First, the “questions” Wolfson is referring to are about whether Obama is ready to lead the country. We know, bro…your gal is soooooo ready. Spanky already asked you to shut that spigot off. I’ll second that notion, but you’ll keep blasting away.
So now you’re trying to compare BO to an overzealous prosecutor who spent $70 million to find out about a beej and some dry cleaning. To that I say, “go ahead…please.” Let’s set the facts straight. BO’s tax returns are public and up to date. Hillary’s are missing….apparently all the way back to Willie’s presidency. So why don’t the Clintons release them? Is it more complicated than reaching down into the file cabinet and pulling out the folder entitled “1997 Taxes” and sending one of your minions to Kinko’s? It’s not like Camp Clinton never had any shady dealings…I mean told a lie…I mean pandered for the camera…I mean cheated (apparently what constitutes “talking dirty” in 49 states = southern hospitality in socially-advanced Arkansas). So if you want to compare BO to a guy who had to dig and dig to reveal that you actually are a cheating dirtball when you say you weren’t…so be it. Do you think that sways me philosophically?
And I’d like to point out that Camp Clinton has taken it’s bag of tricks, turned it upside down and pounded that thing until every last nugget fell out (read: learn what “plagiarism” really is). If the tables were turned, they’d be ALL OVER THIS ISSUE. This very issue is so metaphoric of what rational Americans have looked for and haven’t gotten for
2 ?? decades…transparency. It’s politics…and if one guy is more transparent than the other guy, he’ll let everybody know. I think you all know that. Just make the disclosures.
Sorry, Wolfson. It’s over. Rational people will win out over political insiders this time. We’re tired of the teeter-totter hijack known as Bush/Clinton…and I’m tired of watching you bitch at Axelrod on TV every Sunday.
Si, se puede. Peace out, homes…
The last few days for Illinois Senator, and presidential hopeful, Barack Obama have been overwhelmingly positive. He just recently won three states to pass Hillary Clinton in delegate count in the Democratic nominee race primaries. He had a higher winning percentage than Kanye West at the Grammy Awards where he beat former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter as well as Maya Angelou and M*A*S*H star actor Alan Alda for Obama’s second Grammy award. He won his first in 2005 in the spoken word category for his reading of his own book “Dreams Of My Father” and the recent award is for another book of his, “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream” in the same spoken word category.Â The tribute song and music video by will.i.am and 40+ celebrities for his “Yes We Can” speech is getting millions of hits (including being a favorite here at SoupyTrumpet.com).Â It has also inspired numerous “Yes We Can” parody videos including “I Like Turtles” and “No You Can’t” (a John McCain slam) as well as many others .
As if all of this is not enough, Obama has had at least one more honor bestowed him.Â In his father’s homeland of Kenya, there is a beer called Senator Keg Lager that has been consumed at an alarming rate in celebration of Obama’s recent victories.Â During all of this alcohol consumption, “having a Senator” has been informally renamed to “having an Obama“.Â Now Barack Obama joins Samuel L. Jackson as men that
sort of have beers named after them.