When Geraldine Ferraro popped up in the news this year – you know, claiming that “if Obama was a white man,” he wouldn’t be a successful candidate – I hadn’t heard this woman’s name uttered in 20 years.
That’s because Geraldine Ferraro never accomplished anything.
Walter Mondale picked her as his running mate in 1984 because he wanted a woman. He wanted a woman because he wanted to make history. And he wanted to make history because he knew he was going to lose regardless.
If Geraldine Ferraro were a white man, she would never have been the vice presidential nominee of the Democratic Party.
Why does anyone consider her an important person?
Oh well. I’m streaming a 2-minute bite of her acceptance speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. Click here to hear it.
What’s interesting to me is the little butt-kiss she plants on Jesse Jackson, who in ’84 became the voice of the left wing of the party.
You can stream or download Ferraro’s complete speech by following this link to AmericanRhetoric.com.