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A political iconic figure has lost her long battle with blood cancer.
The family of Geraldine Ferraro announced this morning that the former Congresswoman, and the first female Democrat Vice-Presidential candidate, had passed away.
Ms. Ferraro was the VP pick of Walter Mondale in 1984, and despite losing the election, her place in history was secured, and she has been an ardent voice in the political scene throughout the years.
Providing the “fair and balance”, she has served as a Fox News contributor, appearing on Hannity, Bill O’Reilly’s “The Factor”, “On the Record”. Several months ago, she appeared with Gov. Sarah Palin, and discussed the parallels of their lives and careers.
As Democrat strategist Susan Estrich said today regardless of your views, she was respected for her viewpoint.
If the Governor Sarah Palin who was “introduced” to the national political stage and who ignited the Republican National Convention for the McCain-Palin ticket is the SARAH PALIN who takes the stage tonight for the 2008 Vice-Presidential Debate, the McCain team will truly be able to justify their selection of this nominee.
A series of interviews, like Palin’s interview with Charles Gibson of ABC and Katie Couric of CBS, have been thoroughly scrutinezed for every possible flaw and error. The mainstream media has adopted the policy of only highlighting Gov. Palin’s negatives, not the positives that she brings to the ticket. In doing so, some conservative writers and pundits have questioned the selection of Gov. Palin. The “handling” of Palin by the McCain camp has caused some of the media issues, as they have attempted to extremely limit the media access to her.
The weeks that have passed since the Convention should show the McCain handlers one fundamental factor regarding Gov. Palin. That factor is that Gov. Palin’s appeal is that she represents the average middle class American, and the power that ignited the Republican Party was Sarah Palin being Sarah Palin. Thus, tonight, that is who she needs to be.
At the same time that the Republicans want to make sure that the real Gov. Palin steps onto that debate stage, it certainly won’t hurt if the real Sen. Biden shows up as well. Experienced at debating on the campaign trail and on the Senate floor, Biden is prone to be long-winded, and he does sometimes put “his foot in his mouth”. The possibility of Biden patronizing Palin as George HW Bush did to Rep. Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 is a key worry in the Obama team.
It is being reported that tonight’s VP debate is pivotal, particularly in the battleground states.
Gov. Sarah Palin is READY!!!
In an effort to counteract the effects of the Palin Factor- the invigoration of the Republican Party as a result of the nomination of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska for Vice-President– the Obama campaign has made a major effort to court the women’s groups. As a result, today, the National Organization of Women (NOW), has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for the Presidency.
This is the first time since Walter Mondale chose Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate in 1984 has NOW endorsed ANY Presidentail candidate in a general election. This then begs the question of why this high profile women’s organization would support Obama over the McCain team, when Obama clearly does not support the idea of equal pay for equal work?
As I indicated in a thread several days ago, Sen. Obama pays his female staffers approximately $2500.00 less than their male counterparts. Conversely, Sen. McCain pays his female staffers approximately $6000.00 more than their male counterparts. Thus, the Obama team cannot discredit Sen. McCain as not being supportive of women’s rights, for equal pay, when he himself is not practicing what he “preaches”.
“What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull….. a Hockey mom wears lipstick”.
The ad lib remark made by Gov. Sarah Palin during her RNC acceptance speech is setting the tone of the next 7 weeks of campaigning, both in subtle ways and boldly in the open.
While trying to discuss the McCain economic plan and other policies, and to tie them to the idea of a “Bush 3rd term”, Sen. Barack Obama yesterday made the comment that “you can put lipstick on a pig, but its still a pig”. Of course, the McCain camp has quickly jumped on that comment, with a new ad, and the newswires and the bloggers have made the comment and its underlying context the “meat” of the campaign trail today.
Whether Obama was directing his remarks to undercut Sarah Palin or not is far less the question, than what the remark reveals about the Democratic candidate’s strategy, or lack thereof, since the nomination of Gov. Palin and the rise in the polls by Sen. McCain.
Even his leftist blog supporters are questioning the unsure footing that the Obama campaign is displaying at the moment. After months of permitting the media to attack Sen. Clinton in a very biased manner, and to use sexist tactics in doing so, the Obama camp has not been able to develop a positive strategy in dealing with Gov. Palin on the McCain ticket. This is highlighted and made clearly evident by the fcat that Obama is addressing specific comments toward the Republican second chair pick, instead of at the top of the ticket. It is usually the role of the VP candidate and campaign surrogates, like the Clinton’s or Geraldine Ferraro, to play the “attack” role. With Obama doing it himself, he is showing the Democrats hand in this area. He is emphasizing their lack of direction.
When all is said and done, “lipstick” will be what rejuvenated and shored up the Republican base and the on-the-fence independents, and “lipstick” will characterize the unravelling of the Obama strategy.