Gerry Ferraro died yesterday. Gerry Ferraro (and we still remember you Shirley Chisholm) helped blaze a trail while she was alive.
We wanted to write an appropriate tribute to Geraldine Ferraro, one worthy of her accomplishments. But her work is not yet done. Gerry is still trailblazing.
The filth that has taken the once great Democratic Party hostage to their lunacies and depravities did not stop the smear of Gerry Ferraro on the day of her death. The truly vile at DailyKooks wrote this in their “tribute”:
“Certainly, she was not without controversy, during the 1984 election or, more recently, in 2008, when she suggested that Barack Obama’s success in the primaries was due to his skin color. She subsequently resigned her position on Hillary Clinton’s finance committee, but the damage to her reputation among Democrats had been done, even though she later endorsed the Obama-Biden ticket.”
These people are truly disgusting.
To get decent, heartwarming, honest, tributes to Geraldine Ferraro we have to go to Republican/conservative websites. Yup. You read that right. Those we once thought of as friends are truly repulsive. Those who are still our ideological opponents on many issues displayed decency and honesty.
“Obama Releases Statement on Ferraro… The Same Woman His Team Destroyed During Election
During the 2008 presidential campaign Geraldine Ferraro was viciously attacked by the left for suggesting that Obama was winning only because he was a black male. Barack Obama later suggested that Geraldine Ferraro should be cut loose by the Clinton team after making such “racist” comments about him.”
“The American left hated her for going public with such a controversial statement.
Ferraro later said that the Obama campaign should apologize to her.
They never did.”
That object of hate and loathing (she is no longer a person to the vile Kooks, she is an object of derision based on class and misogyny), Sarah Palin, spoke of Geraldine Ferraro with respect. On the day she was introduced to the nation as a vice presidential candidate Palin spoke with respect of Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro. Palin paid her respects once again yesterday:
“Sarah Palin was on FOX News today to discuss the passing of Geraldine Ferraro.
Sarah Palin remembered Geraldine Ferraro as someone who inspired her. She said they talked about the day America would have a woman as president.
Sarah Palin posted this on her Facebook page today, via Cubachi.””
“My family and I would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of Geraldine Ferraro. When I had the honor of working alongside Geraldine on election night last year, we both discussed the role of women in politics and our excited expectation that someday that final glass ceiling would be shattered by the election of a woman president. She was an amazing woman who dedicated her life to public service as a teacher, prosecutor, Congresswoman, and Vice Presidential candidate. She broke one huge barrier and then went on to break many more. The world will miss her. May she rest in peace and may her example of hard work and dedication to America continue to inspire all women.”
Thank you Sarah Palin. It was so good to know that you did not call Geraldine Ferraro a “racist” like the Kooks did:
Of course, the far left savaged her after these “racist” comments. She will be missed.
At the supposed macho men and “morons” website (their words not ours, they are taking the insult “moron”and adopting it in the same way gay people have taken to use the word “queer”) called Ace of Spades, a very affectionate surprise:
“Geraldine Ferraro Passes at 75
This is something that I’ve witnessed in my life, a person hanging on until all of their loved ones are close, just to say goodbye in that way.
Raje said it seemed Ferraro held out until her husband and three children arrived. They were all at her bedside when she passed, she said.
“Gerry actually waited for all of them to come, which I think was incredible,” said Raje, director of the myloma program at the hospital’s cancer center. “They were all able to say their goodbyes to Mom.”
It’s just been my anecdotal experience is all, my mom held on for 30 hours in a coma until we could all be there. I was told by her doctor, and I’ll admit perhaps it was just a kindness, that he thought she did that on purpose.
I thought I mighta still been in trouble or something. But I was cool.
And she was not afraid to speak out, and she paid the price:
But she was a class act: Geraldine Ferraro And Sarah Palin Together On TV For First Time! – 11/02/10
Geraldine was a fighter in a world of too many cowards and clowns like… well you know who the guy is we refer to [hint: his initials can be found twice in the word “boob”].
Beth Reinhard of National Journal, the D.C. conventional wisdom bible sums up:
“In her 1985 campaign memoir, Geraldine Ferraro recalls her annoyance during an interview on “Meet the Press’’ when she was asked, “Are you strong enough to push the button?’’
She was asked a variation of that question several times, including during a nationally televised 1984 debate against George H.W. Bush. Each time, Ferraro assured her questioner that yes, she had the strength. [snip]
“By placing a woman on the ticket, the country did more than check a box. More Americans are now open to a woman as commander and chief,” said Donna Brazile, who worked on the 1984 campaign and ran Al Gore’s bid in 2000.”
Donna Brazile is a race-baiter who smeared Geraldine Ferraro in life. With the death of Ferraro, Donna Brazile proves herself a hypocrite and a fool who thinks we will ever forget her treacheries. We won’t.
A little Gerry in the night:
“The question of whether Ferraro was “strong enough’’ seems particularly silly considering her backbone of iron, the meaning of her last name in Italian. She endured her father’s death at age eight. As an assistant district attorney in Queens, she started a special bureau to prosecute sex crimes, child abuse and domestic violence. There were only only 17 women in Congress when she was elected in 1978.
For young women today, coming of age at a time when it is commonplace to turn on the television and see women engaged in national politics, it is impossible to overstate the impact of Ferraro’s achievement. That the surname on the 1984 ballot was her name, not her husband’s name, makes it all the more astonishing.
“After she was on the national ticket, the possibility of a woman was always on the table,’’ said Kiki McLean, a senior adviser to Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign. “Michael Dukakis had to think about it. Bill Clinton had to think about it. George Bush had to think about it. And John McCain did it. Now it’s just part of the conversation.’’
Ferraro started a revolution, but the battles for equal treatment are far from over. Women candidates are judged more harshly about their physical appearances, their parenting skills, and their relationships. Remember all the fuss about whether Clinton cried or not during a campaign stop in New Hampshire in 2008? “How,’’ she had been asked by another woman, “did you get out the door every day?’’
That’s the kind of unanswerable question that can bring mist to the eyes of any woman trying to juggle marriage and motherhood and career and self.
“I know what she means to women candidates and women voters,’’ said Mary Beth Cahill, who ran John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004. “I don’t think we’re that far away from seeing a woman president.’’
To quote Dr. King, “How long? Not long.”
Thanks for the memories Gerry:
“When I covered the last presidential campaign, my young daughters would frequently hover near the television during what seemed like an endless number of Democratic primary debates. There was Clinton, a burst of color, in a lineup of a half-dozen men. I felt a debt of gratitude for Clinton’s presence, and on Saturday, she expressed her own debt to Ferraro.
“She put the first crack’s in America’s glass ceiling,’’ said Clinton, who in 2008 eloquently described the 18 million ceiling cracks made by the voters who favored her in the Democratic primary.
Generations of women can also thank Shirley Chisholm, Margaret Chase Smith, Pat Schroeder — who did indeed cry — Elizabeth Dole, Carol Moseley Braun, and Sarah Palin.
Ferraro once said, “Every time a woman runs, women win.’’ She was right as rain.”
Thanks Gerry. We’ll keep up the fight.