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CNN Asks Can Michelle Close the Deal? Snob Asks Can Geraldine Ferraro Get Over Herself?

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We all know the question by now. Can Michelle Obama get women to vote for her historic hubby? I have an answer for that — yes, to a certain extent.

Let’s be honest. If you are serious about the issues that have been the hallmarks of the feminist movement — equal pay for equal work; family leave; reproductive rights; Affirmative Action; issues that affect women and children; etc. — you’re suicidal if you’re not voting Obama-Biden. Yet I constantly see Geraldine “Gerry” Ferraro on FOX News, usually on Hannity & Colmes, and I often wonder what the hell is going on with her? Every renowned feminist and former Hillary Clinton supporter has come around to Barack Obama, seeing him as their best bet to push these issues.

But Gerry’s still on H&C, empathetic towards Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s “plight,” battling sexism. Every now and then she’ll mention that Palin is the antithesis to everything she ever stood for, but that doesn’t stop her from relishing in her nomination and reliving her own failed attempt to be the first female veep.

Ferraro wrote the following for the FOX Forum blog late August:

It’s going to be a very interesting campaign. I must say that several months ago I said that it would be great if there was a woman on the ticket — that I felt that John McCain would have to pick someone, especially if Hillary was the nominee. But without Hillary being the nominee it’s really quite equally as important because people are looking for a smart campaign and I think this might do it.

There are a lot of women who are disaffected by how Hillary was treated by the media, by how she was treated by the Obama campaign, by how she was treated by the Democratic National Committee — [Democratic party chairman] Howard Dean not speaking up when sexism raised its ugly head in the media. They’ll be looking to see what happens now.

She’s still bringing up those Operation Chaos agitators, PUMA, and it’s September. They’ve been all but neutralized as a petty stunt. Yet I still remember her words from May when she was talking like a broken arrow, a rogue, Joe Lieberman in a dress.

But Gerry isn’t the woman CNN is talking about. They’re talking about Jane Doe, women who don’t call themselves feminists but sure seem to like Title IX and “Well Woman’s Check Ups” and birth control covered by the insurance. These are women who care about their children, health care and education. Single moms and working mothers — those are the women Michelle is supposed to charm.

CNN argues that Michelle is not a counter-weight to Palin. But I’d argue that Palin is the counterweight to Michelle. Michelle’s been on the trail almost as long as her husband, almost two years now, growing as a speaker and persuader. Like the lawyer she is, she takes to her husband’s case for the presidency like a prosecutor, then reinforces that she’s down-to-earth, that her family is solid and normal.

That she and her husband understand the needs of women.

This is the opposite of the dish Palin serves. She’s all “grrrl” power and no substance. The resume on women is thin, with her hometown charging victims for rape kits when she was mayor. She’s not arguing for womens’ rights. She’s arguing for the ovary crowd to do one for the “team” and vote McCain-Palin.

In some ways, Palin would be better off running as a candidate’s spouse instead of the number two. While she has the attack dog in maybe is real, maybe it’s Maybelline” act down pat, she is mostly McCain’s cheerleader, doing what is difficult for the more reserved Cindy McCain.

Palin is the rallier, the booster, the energizer. She’s also the circus, sideshow and main event on the Republican ticket, over shadowing a presidential candidate few Republicans were enthused about (but will vote for him anyway). Captivating a media who only desires her more as they watch her fumble through even in the softest of softball interviews.

She’s so good at distracting the press they’ve hardly noticed the fact that Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee Joe Biden sometimes sounds like a mad man.

But through the work of Michelle reaching out to women, Biden reaching out to blue collar and rural voters and Barack energizing the base, the young, the brown, the educated and the hopeful, the trio should have a shot at steering some of these wayward, former Democrats home.

And thousands of volunteers and staff working on the ground doesn’t hurt either.

But nothing’s going to be closed until November.

Maybe by then Gerry Ferraro will start thinking with her brain and not her furious gut. Barack has picked up the feminist flag and is flying it. We all have to make compromises.

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12 thoughts on “CNN Asks Can Michelle Close the Deal? Snob Asks Can Geraldine Ferraro Get Over Herself?

  1. There’s something seriously wrong with Geraldine Ferraro. If she were really a feminist, she’d join the rest of us in the real world, accepting that, as you so rightly say, we all have to make compromises. Instead, she’s allowing herself to be used as a propaganda tool by the forces of intolerance. Shame on her.

  2. Sadly, most white women have no clue about what feminism really is. All they seem capable of grasping is some white bread ‘equal pay for equal work’ drone they’ve been hearing for 30+ years. Their own ingrained and inbred prejudices and racism still don’t budge.

  3. Loyalty is a very important thing with me. Ferraro and Lieberman, particularly the latter, have betrayed their party by the traitorous stances they’ve taken. Ferraro, with his staunch feministic ego badly wounded, would rather join the likes of Hannity and McCain, then stand behind the Dems in this crucial election. And Lieberman, looking more like Jack Nicholson’s “The Joker,” as someone noted, did a complete Benedict Arnold when this turncoat changed parties and joined the GOP’s vitriolic convention. I’m from New Jersey originally, and in mob lingo, they would be called Rats. And you know what happens to them in the end.

  4. I remember when Elizabeth Dole was running for president, 2000 was it?, and a reporter on NPR asked Ferraro if she’d vote for her. Ferrato was insulted by the question- she said she’d never vote for a candidate for any other reason that the issues. Sure, Palin is the brunt of sexism, but wouldn’t her stance, on all issues including women’s issues, offend Ferraro more than the sexism? Isn’t Palin perpetuating the sexism by being a stereotype of a ‘ditzy’ woman who can’t hold her own in politics?? Her handlers are being sexist by sheltering her now. Ditzy women have a right to be who they want but why didn’t he pick a dynamic woman for VP??

  5. bklynbam says:

    I’m just gonna go ahead and say it: Geraldine Ferraro doesn’t like Black people. Period. In 1988, when she didn’t even have a stake in the game, she complained that Jesse Jackson was getting easy questions in the debate (now I didn’t see those debates to verify whether this is true but, Jesse Jackson had no chance of winning, so what’s the point of player-hating even if it were true?). We all know what she said this year about Obama so she can get theez…B.Snob: if you’re still looking for Wu-Tang references, might I suggest GZA’s often-unnoticed (the name-drop crosses a bar boundary), clever swipe at the crazy woman in 1993’s “Clan in da Front”:I gamed Ella, [she] caught a Fitz like Gerald — /– ine Ferraro, who’s full of sorrow /Cuz [she] didn’t win but the sun will still come out tomorrow(had to do some hip-hop paraphrasing in the square brackets) :D

  6. starrie says:

    geraldine ferraro is a bitter woman…some black person 100 years ago probably reached for the same loaf of bread she did in the supermarket and it scarred her against all black folks for life..notice, the only people that are entertaining this old woman is fox news…fuck her…oh wait, perhaps no one is and that’s the problem…

  7. bklynbam says:

    i just watched that video… holy sh*t joe biden is nuts! between the 2 of them, thursday’s gonna be off the charts, maing… oy!

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