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Racial Flap in 2008 Was Vintage Ferraro

Joan Walsh: Her tactless remarks on Obama served a purpose

(Newser) - News of Geraldine Ferraro's death has inevitably called attention to the flap she caused in 2008 when she said this of then-candidate Barack Obama: "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman of color, he would not be... More »

Geraldine Ferraro Dead at 75

She was the first woman to run for vice president

(Newser) - Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to run on a major party's presidential ticket, has died at age 75, reports Politico . The former Queens congresswoman made political history when she accepted Walter Mondale's invitation to be his vice-presidential running mate in 1984. "If we can do this, we can do... More »

Worst Modern VP Picks

Don't be so quick to judge Palin

(Newser) - Sarah Palin's critics say she was unqualified to be vice president, but don't be too quick to label her the worst pick ever, writes Matthew Cooper. In the Atlantic , he runs down others since WWII who need to be part of the conversation:
  • Spiro Agnew: Nixon's VP had to resign
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Obama Emerges From White (Frat) House

Now Dowd wants to play him at Scrabble

(Newser) - Turns out Tom Friedman played golf with President Obama last month—and fellow New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd isn't ashamed to admit she felt "a twinge of envy." Dowd's happy that Obama finally invited a woman to join him on the links this weekend, after catching heat... More »

Will Women Abandon Palin, Too?

What makes women shed their ideals to support Palin?

(Newser) - When Geraldine Ferraro joined Walter Mondale's ticket in 1984, Ronald Reagan got a boost from women voters who may have felt threatened by Ferraro's personal and professional success. Nearly 25 years later, the effect of Sarah Palin joining John McCain contrasts sharply with Ferraro's fortunes, and prompts Newsweek to take... More »

Palin's Glasses Are a Fashion Spectacle

But is the focus on her look just sexist?

(Newser) - Sarah Palin: Hockey mom, moose-hunter … trend setter? Marie Claire says Palin's $375 designer glasses are “a style hit,” and opticians have been flooded with inquiries about the Kazuo Kawasaki 704s, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  “It’s always been, ‘Men don’t make passes... More »

'Palin Factor' Levels Race

McCain tied with Obama in latest poll

(Newser) - John McCain has erased Barack Obama's lead, transforming the presidential race to a statistical dead heat, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Obama's lead among women dropped from 10 to 4 points since August, which is largely attributed to Sarah Palin's popularity, reports MSNBC. More »

McCain, Palin Embrace Hugging Etiquette

What's the etiquette for a mixed-gender ticket?

(Newser) - In 1984, Walter Mondale had a strict "hands-off" policy with running mate Geraldine Ferraro, never even putting his palm on her back when they waved to crowds. Two decades later, times have changed: John McCain and Sarah Palin have been embracing on the campaign trail, forgoing handshakes for a... More »

Don't Be Henpecked, Obama

She doesn't want the No. 2 job, writes Dowd. She wants you to lose.

(Newser) - "What does Hillary want?" Hillary Clinton asked rhetorically last night at her rally in New York. Still a good question, writes Maureen Dowd, since apparently she's not going away anytime soon. Having given her surrogates the green light to push for an Obama-Clinton ticket, the New York Times columnist... More »

Red Herrings Abound on Campaign Trail

Amid talk of elitism, privilege, it's not all black and white

(Newser) - Maybe Geraldine Ferraro and BET founder Bob Johnson are right about Barack Obama’s success, Colson Whitehead sarcastically posits in the New York Times. "The Guy Who’s Where He Is Only Because He’s Black" runs down his busy schedule and puzzles over the fact that "the... More »

BET Founder: 'Ferraro Said It Right' on Obama

Bob Johnson agrees race is factor in Dem frontrunner's success

(Newser) - BET founder and Hillary Clinton supporter Bob Johnson repeated Geraldine Ferraro’s claim that Barack Obama wouldn’t be a top White House contender if he weren’t black. "Geraldine Ferraro said it right," the billionaire told the Charlotte Observer yesterday. "The problem is, Geraldine Ferraro is... More »

Obama, Clinton Camps Spar on Records

'What is Sen. Clinton hiding?' asks spokesman

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama took the day off, but their campaigns took time today to exchange fire on issues of disclosure and statements by disgraced staffers. In a conference call with reporters, the Obama campaign called on Clinton to release documents from her years in the Senate and from... More »

Olbermann Rips Clinton Over Ferraro Flap

'Iconic' pundit blasts hopeful for not rebuking adviser

(Newser) - If Keith Olbermann is the Rush Limbaugh of the left—as Chris Cillizza observes in his Washington Post Fix blog—Hillary Clinton couldn’t have been happy when Olbermann blasted her Wednesday night over the recent Geraldine Ferraro flap. “You are now campaigning as if Barack Obama were the... More »

Ferraro Quits Clinton Post

She resigns honorary post after race flap over Obama

(Newser) - Geraldine Ferraro left her honorary post in the Clinton campaign today amid turmoil over her comment that if Barack Obama were white, "he would not be in this position." Ferraro stands by that assertion but says the Obama camp has twisted her remarks out of context. "I... More »

Ferraro: Obama Camp Crying Racism Again

Stands by comments that Obama's edge is due to race

(Newser) - Despite charges of racism from the Barack Obama camp, former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro yesterday refused to back off earlier comments  that the candidate is enjoying a campaign advantage because of his race. "Every time that campaign is upset about something, they call it racist,” snipped Ferrro.... More »

Obama Camp Wants Ferraro Fired for Slur

Clinton adviser says voters like hopeful because he's black

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton is ignoring calls to fire adviser Geraldine Ferraro after she said Barack Obama is succeeding because of his race, MSNBC reports. "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position," the former vice presidential nominee said. “He happens to be very... More »

On the Trail, Simmering Gender War Heats Up

Perceived attack on Clinton sharpens focus

(Newser) - That Hillary Clinton is breaking the gender barrier in the presidential primaries is not news, but fallout from last week’s Democratic debate is bringing to a head questions of how to campaign as a woman and how to campaign against one. Supporters saw discrimination even as critics accused Clinton... More »

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