Geraldine Ferraro - Exit Stage Left

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Geraldine Ferraro, Candidate for Vice-President on the Democrat ticket twenty-seven years ago, died today at 75.

I must confess an affinity for characters in our history that rise above all odds to become something larger than might have been expected. 

Geraldine Ferraro became such a memorable character when, in 1984, she became the first American Woman to become a candidate in the Presidential sweepstakes on a major party ticket.  Ms Ferraro became the nominee for the Democrat party for Vice-President while Walter Mondale was the nominee for President.  Ms Ferraro, daughter of an Italian immigrant, was also the first Italian-American to be on the national ticket.

Geraldine Ferraro had been an Assistant District Attorney and a Congressman (I know, Congresswoman might be more PC) for New York's 9th  Congressional District prior to her run for Vice-President. 

Ms Ferraro was a tireless campaigner and a hard working public servant.  She was attacked in the press for her husband's financial dealings more than her own record.

Ms Ferraro continued to speak out on topics that interested her.  She served in the Clinton Administration as US Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. 

She was a Democrat, running against the Reagan/Bush ticket for their second term.  I probably wouldn't agree with many of her positions but I respected her then and now for her service and her changing of the political landscape as the first woman to be on a major party ticket and the only woman until Sarah Palin to be so honored. 

Thank you, Geraldine Ferraro. You have left our political lansdcape better than you found it.

 

 

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Karen Anne Stone
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Ted, what a sweet and fitting tribute to a woman who truly made her mark on the political landscape.  Very nicely done.

You mentioned Sarah Palin.  Question:  How would you compared the two of them as far as what how well you might have thought they would have done as Vice President... should they (both Ferraro and Palin) have been elected ?

Mar 26, 2011 05:13 PM #1
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Rose King
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Very well stated, Ted. I didn't agree with her politics, but I respected her tremendously for her commitment to her family and for blazing the trail for women to follow.

Mar 26, 2011 05:13 PM #2
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Ted Baker
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Karen Anne - both had some gaps in experience, but both were competent, driven political figures.  I didn't think either of the men at the head of the ticket (Senator Mondale or Senator McCain) were particularly strong candidates.  Both ladies were stronger campaigners than the top of the ticket, in my view.  

I think both would have been equal to the role of Vice-President, but in the event they came to the Presidency prematurely - both would have had to be propped up by good staffs.  

That's my story and I am sticking to it. 

 

Rose - I think that it is important that young people be permitted to dream and to see that their dreams may be obtainable.  Our society has had a history of gender or racial barriers in politics, sports, entertainment and business.  The people who first break down those barriers are useful and sometimes remarkable people.  Our society and our culture is better for their contributions.

 

Thanks to both of you for stopping by.

Mar 26, 2011 05:49 PM #3
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Geraldine Ferraro - Requiescat in pace.

Mar 26, 2011 06:05 PM #4
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Ted,

She was a aymbol, even though I was not here and did not experience that, but I watched quite a few interviews during the  last Presiential election campaign, and I must say that  she really was a classy woman in the best meaning of the word

Mar 26, 2011 06:23 PM #5
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Hugh Krone
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In my opinion Mrs. Ferraro had a lot of class while being someone who spoke to you as an equal, itis a shame she got weighed down b y Mondale. I would more easily vote for a Democrat like Ferraro that a fake Republican like Olympia Snowe.

                                Palin / Bachman 2012

Mar 27, 2011 06:24 AM #6
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Lets feature this in Silent Majority

Mar 27, 2011 06:25 AM #7
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 Congratulations - This post is now featured in Silent Majority of The Active Rain Network!

Mar 27, 2011 12:31 PM #8
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In my opinion, he legacy shall be marred by her staunch and somewhat blind support for abortion upon demand.

Mar 27, 2011 12:32 PM #9
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Ted Baker
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I mentioned in my post, Nick, that she was a Democrat and there were certainly areas of policy where I would not agree with her.  But as I am writing about her passing, I choose to focus on more positive images.  As you and I have discussed, I do not have to agree with everything she says or does to respect her and to find admirable traits in her nature.  

 

Thanks to all for stopping by.  

Mar 27, 2011 05:54 PM #10
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Ted - I understand - but as in all remembrances - we have to look at the positives and negatives - 

Mar 28, 2011 04:18 AM #11
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I was impressed by her saying, when criticized for voting for education vouchers in New York, that she was representing the wishes of her constituents, who favored such vouchers over 80%.  That proves principle over affinity or affiliation.

Mar 28, 2011 12:43 PM #12
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I enjoyed her on FoxNews and her commentary on Palin's VP candidacy.  She told it like it was!

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