Saturday, March 26, 2011
From a Washington Post email alert moments ago:
Geraldine Anne Ferraro Zaccaro, 75, passed away Saturday morning at Massachusetts General Hospital, surrounded by her family. The cause of death was complications from multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that she had battled for 12 years.
Ms. Ferraro earned a place in history as the first woman and first Italian-American to run on a major party national ticket, serving as Walter Mondale’s Vice Presidential running mate in 1984 on the Democratic Party ticket.
In her later years, Ms. Ferraro began speaking her mind rather bluntly, reminding me a bit of a great aunt who would defend her moments of, er, candor by declaring "I'm an old woman and I'll say any damned thing I want." I rather liked that.
No greater example of ultra left wing media bias exists than this person. Her maiden name was Ferraro; her married name and the name that our culture would know her by, was her was her husband's name: Zaccaro. But, her husband was alleged to be a mobster, a mafioso, a New York city gangster, married to a moll hired into politics to cover for his criminality. The media changed her name and pretended that her other life never existed.
Can you imagine if Palin ever tried to slip it to us like Gerry did?
Geraldine Ferraro’s father was a small-time crook out of his restaurant in Newburgh, operating a numbers racket and using B-girls to get customers to buy drinks. Geraldine Ferraro’s father died when she was 8. From what I have read, it appears that Geraldine was not aware of her father’s history.
Had Mondale know this, would he have chosen Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate?
There is an irony about Geraldine Ferraro's saying that Obama was chosen because of his race, as a similar metric appeared to be operating in Mondale's choosing her as his running mate. Takes one to know one, perhaps.
"No greater example of ultra left wing media bias exists than this person."
Agreed, but maybe not for the same reason. I remember the day after Palin was nominated, the local fishwrap (San Jose Murky News) had a screaming 1st page headline, "WHY PALIN?". Now I knew hardly anything about Palin at the time but even if she were as bad as her detractors say the fact remains that she was an historic choice. She was the first Republicn woman on a national ticket, only the second woman from any major party and arguably the first meaningful one because Ferraro was obviously a sacrificial lamb served up to the Reagan landslide. But they could not even give her a one day grace period.
Actually, I would never wrap a fish in any of today's newspapers. I would not want to stink up the fish.