Selling Out Sarah Palin

It hadn't been two decades since the feminist movement of the '60s when Walter Mondale announced Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate in 1984.  Five years after Britain elected Margaret Thatcher as its first female prime minister, Americans also welcomed the idea of a woman holding a significant position of power. The late Ferraro was an educated woman.  She served her own jurisdiction as district attorney and went on to win a seat in the House of Representatives in 1979.  Four years later, Mondale took a chance on her.  She made history as the Democrat Party's first female vice presidential nominee.  In their campaign against Reagan/Bush in '84, the Mondale/Ferraro ticket wound up losing in a landslide.  Nevertheless, it could be argued that Ferraro's significance in the race carried what energy the ticket had.  They won 34 million American votes -- 40% of the popular vote. Though the results were disappointing, Democrat operatives and talking...(Read Full Article)

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