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  • Geraldine Ferraro Breaks New Barrier, Becomes First Female U.S. Vice-Presidential Candidate in Heaven

    I'm sure you've probably heard the sad news that former congressperson from New York and America's first-ever female vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro succumbed to blood cancer over the weekend at the age of 75.

    Whether you remember her for her unforgettable ground-breaking achievements or her wish-you-could-forgettable controversies, I think we can all agree that Walter Mondale looked like somebody's sad carpet-salesman uncle next to her. And that's what really matters.

    Here is her one appearance on The Daily Show, from 2005. (Not sure why they never got around to interviewing her back in 1984. Probably because she's a woman. Figures.)

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11/10c.

    Tags: Geraldine Ferraro, House of Representatives, Walter Mondale
  • The 7 Greatest White Men of Women's History

    Well, it's March – the month that pays tribute to women. No, not by coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb, but by being Women's History Month. So we thought it would be a good time to pay tribute to all those responsible for creating the special historical moments that we're sure to see recounted over the next few weeks.


    Bernt Balchen (Amelia Earhart's flight across the Atlantic)

    Flying solo across the Atlantic Ocean is no small feat. Especially in 1932. That's why Amelia Earhart was lucky to hire Bernt Balchen as her technical advisor. This famed Norwegian American aviator didn't let the social stigma of working for a woman keep him from plotting the course for one of the most famous flights in history.


    President Jimmy Carter (The Susan B. Anthony Dollar)

    You can't think of the woman's suffrage movement without being impressed by the courage and foresight of President Jimmy Carter who signed the Susan B. Anthony Dollar Coin Act into law in 1978. For three full years, America were forced to sit up and take notice of these coins because even though they looked like quarters, they did not work in Space Invaders arcade games.


    William Gibson (That play about Helen Keller)

    People don't want to see those with disabilities. Especially those afflicted with multiple challenges. It's easy to say, "let's ignore the afflicted." But William Gibson, using just his determination (and Helen Keller's autobiography) created the celebrated stage play The Miracle Worker. Now millions worldwide have heard the story of a handicapped woman and her dedicated teacher thanks to the talent and persistence of this one man.


    Walter Mondale (Geraldine Ferraro's vice-presidential bid)

    Although this country may never see fit to elect a woman as President, when it came to picking a Vice President, one visionary Democrat had the courage to look traditional biases in the face and ask, "Eh, why not?" Walter Mondale, the losiest Presidential contender in history was a winner when it came to selecting a running mate who would ensure he was remembered for being something other than the losiest Presidential contender in history.


    John Locke (The Seneca Falls convention)

    Perhaps, the greatest of all English philosophers, and certainly the leading Enlightenment thinker, Locke set forth principles of natural rights and freedoms that sent reverberations far and wide. One of the consequences? Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott now could fill up their Seneca Falls Declaration setting forth the argument for equal rights for women with ideas beyond those they had learned around the spinning wheel.


    Phil Donahue/Dr. Phil (Oprah Winfrey's career)

    Although historians debate if these two men have ever actually met, women everywhere continue to be grateful for the contributions they have made. Phil Donahue, with little more than some moxie and hard work, created a television template that Oprah Winfrey would mimic to become one of the richest women on the planet. But in her darkest hour — the infamous "beef slander" trial of 1998 — Oprah hired the valiant Dr. Phil who stood up to bigotry and intolerance by helping her win at trial while charging her lots of money for his counseling.


    President Barack Obama (Hillary Clinton's secretarial position)

    Although Barack Obama is not technically a White man, we here at Indecision were struggling to find a seventh great moment in women's history, and we didn't want bigotry to get in the way of our tribute. Accordingly, even though he was able to defeat Hillary Clinton for the Presidential nomination, President Obama, stood down detractors and naysayers when he chose Clinton as his Secretary of State. Finally, the leader of the free world looked at a woman and said — for all to hear — "Yeah, okay."

    Tags: Barack Obama, Geraldine Ferraro, Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Men and Women, Oprah Winfrey
  • How Many Polls Does It Take to Screw Up an Election?

    The blogs yesterday were buzzing with bad news for Democrats: the new Gallup/USA Today poll showed John McCain opening up a 54%-44% lead over Barack Obama.

    Well, it turns out that the prediction of Obama's demise might have been a little preemptive, because a rash of polls were released yesterday, and every one of them except for Gallup showed the race in a statistical dead heat.

    There's no question that McCain has gone up in the polls, but he’s certainly not leading the race by 10 percentage points.

    McCain's rise is clearly directly attributable to his selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, which has energized the conservative base and improved his numbers among women. However, as DailyKos notes, Walter Mondale experienced a similar bump in 1984 after naming Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate, jumping 16 points in the polls before going on to get slaughtered by Ronald Reagan in the election.

    Anyway, polls are funny things. For instance, a new Fox News/Rasmussen poll shows the presidential race tied in Florida, which nobody expects to go for Obama.

    What was that they say about the only poll that matters?

    Tags: Barack Obama, Geraldine Ferraro, John McCain, Ronald Reagan, Walter Mondale
  • Yo Homes, Smell You Later


    Join former United States Senate Pages Dylan and Ethan Ris as they bring you the dish on not just the presidential race but all the exciting triumphs and disgraces inside, outside, and below the Beltway!

    This Week's Politician In Trouble! The Pages are hopping mad at the predatory home mortgage industry, which continues to profit from exploiting the most naive and ignorant segment of our society: Members of Congress.

    We're of course referring to the tragic case of Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA), whose third home was taken away by The Repo Men earlier this month. According to the Torrance, CA Daily Breeze (motto: "Ending Geraldine Ferraro's Career Since 2008"), the meanies at Washington Mutual foreclosed on Richardson's Sacramento home after the Congresswoman defaulted on her $535,000 loan.

    The Breeze notes that Richardson also neglected to pay property tax, made a real estate agent cry, left behind a garage "full of trash to the ceiling."

    But we say all this could have been avoided if Richardson's fellow homeowners had just done the neighborly thing and funneled cash to her political campaign. They even could have taken a cue from Greenpeace and fed the Congresswoman smoothies, but apparently some people just don't have manners these days.

    The next step for Richardson likely involves moving into one of her two other homes in California, although she's apparently defaulted on her loan payments for those, too.

    Well, if things get really messy, the Congresswoman could always ask fellow politicians Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer, Bill Delahunt, and George Miller if she could crash on the couch of their Washington apartment! They have an awesome deck and the Nintendo Wii, and they're apparently scoring free wi-fi from the neighbors. And all Richardson would have to do is pay 1/5 of the utilities and walk the pit bull when the menfolk are out with lobbyists. We say, take it!

    Tags: Chuck Schumer, Congressional Confidential, Dick Durbin, George Miller, Geraldine Ferraro, Laura Richardson
  • Whores Feel "Relief and Joy" After Randi Rhodes/Hillary Clinton Whore Kerfuffle

    Remember last week when that whore Randi Rhodes of Air America got in all kinds of whore trouble for calling those whores Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro whores?

    Turns out Rhodes could have kept whoring around at Air America if only she'd made a whorific apology to those whores, but it looks like she'd rather just quit that whore-mongering radio station full of whores

    A [whore] at Air America, who asked to remain anonymous, said, "Many [whores] screw up and then apologize and move on. Like [whore] Imus. Like [whore] David Shuster. Like [whore] Jay Rockefeller on [whore] McCain. Like [whore] Obama on [whore] Rezko. Like [whore] Hillary on [country full of whores] Bosnia. Randi Rhodes [that whore] refused to apologize for her obscene [whortastic] comments and has chosen instead to terminate her [whoring] relationship with [whore station] Air America."

    The [whore] also said that there is no [whore] love lost between Rhodes and her colleagues at the network. "No one is upset. She made the move but there's relief and [beautiful, whorish] joy."

    It's still unknown which whore Air America will get to replace Rhodes for her time slot or whether three-hours of radio silence will diminish or improve the station's ratings.

    Or if anyone will even notice.

    Tags: Air America, Geraldine Ferraro, Hillary Clinton