Women abandoning Obama in the fall?

If you ask Clinton support Geraldine Ferraro, apparantly yes, they will be abandoning Obama in favor of McCain. Looks like there may not be quite as much unity in the Democratic Party after all.

Ferraro was on the Today Show earlier this morning:

Ferraro has some valid points but some seems overblown. Any Presidential candidate is going to take a beating. I will agree that Obama got a pass from the media last year and up until around March of this year.

  • Sam

    Hillary isn’t getting elected because the voters decided she was not the best democratic candidate. Her main problem is that people don’t trust her. If women want to be respected when running for higher office, they should not cry foul when they lose. Where was all of the outrage of sexism by Ferraro when Hillary was in the lead? If you want to run as a respectable candidate, then learn to lose respectably as well.

  • Debbie from Modesto, Ca 56yr young w/female

    This is so NOT true. This woman here has always been for Obama. Don’t let the politicians tell us how we feel.

  • Cmc

    I think the question on a lot of more moderately motivated Obama and Clinton supporters minds about this is why the issues – on which Clinton and Obama differ only superficially – are somehow less important to these people. Is this petty umbrage, and is it clouding these people’s minds to the raw issues that originally got them out in support of the democratic candidates?

  • Stalin

    Some people are voting for Clinton because she is a woman, just as many people are voting for Obama because he is half black. Once you take color or gender out of the equation you will see some people wander over to the other side. How many voters, remains to be seen.

  • Karen

    I agree that Ferraro has a few points to be made, but to me it sounds like what she really wants is for the media to jump on top of every single sexist remark or comment, and I think she’s reading into it all too much. I have no doubt in my mind that Obama brushing off his shoulder has nothing to do with Hillary being a woman, just as I never took any comments that she’s made about him being in any way racist. I feel sorry if anyone is too blinded by their hatred of misogyny to see to the real issues at hand

  • The candidates attacked Clinton because she was the front runner, by a large margin. You can certainly blame the moderators for some biases, that is true, but it is part of U.S politics to attack the front runner.

    There is sexism and racism (and ageism!) riddled in these campaigns, and all are guilty of each of these to some extent. But Ferraro failed in my eyes to really give some decent examples of Obama being sexist. She was verbally flustered when she started to talk about it, and then gave the “Annie Oakley” comment. Obama was ridiculing Clinton for her playing up the “gun” motif– making herself seem like someone she is not. If Clinton was a man, he could have said, “Who does he think he is, John Wayne,” or, “Charlton Heston.” But in keeping with her gender, he used a woman. That’s not sexist — if it is, someone clarify that for me.

    She is absolutely right about how the media is covering this— how they did not criticize a person for a “Iron my Shirt” shirt, but then this is about the media and people, not Obama.

    Ferraro continues to amaze me in her complete lack of insight. She feels Obama did not address race “head on” in his now-famous speech in Philadelphia? WOW!

    That was a good question about Hillary– should she have given a speech about gender? Yes, and probably she should have stayed away from comments like “the boys are ganging up on me” or “I’m very comfortable in the kitchen.” Instead of approaching it head on, she inflected it, used it at times, and was abused by it.

  • Babs

    Michael, I can agree with you on most points here, except for the Annie Oakley remark. That shouldn’t have been made, whether he used the reference to Annie Oakley or not it was pure sarcasm towards her and unbecoming of Obama. Sexist? Probably. Cheap shot? Definitely. That and the shoulder brush skit looked a little sanctimonious (sp) to me.

    If Clinton had given a speech on women and the history of women’s rights in this country the way Obama went on the defense about race, “the boys” might have treaded a little more softly around her. Is Obama sexist? Not really, but the general public – “Iron My Shirt” – and some of the Obama camp I think are. Just my opinion.

  • IndiMinded

    I agree with you to an extent Babs, the Annie Oakley comment obviously didn’t exhibit the sort of respectfulness that Obama’s campaign has often touted as a theme of theirs. On the other hand, I’m not really sure why anyone views it as sexist. Is it because Annie Oakley was a woman?

    I remember when Hillary stood by the comment her aid made, that Obama was like Ken Starr, saying that she felt it was an accurate comparison. I thought that was an insulting comment, but it never would have occurred to me to call that sexist because Starr’s a man.

    They were both cheap shots though. I have to say, what the campaigns were doing pre-PA was probably the worst of the whole race – between Wright, and the bitterness comment for Obama, and watching Hillary dive in to scoop up those votes by talking about her appreciation of guns, and downing shots in public view. I thought it was a low point for both of them.

  • Michel

    Obama needs to make that sort of comments like the one about Annie Oakley because dem candidates (specially liberals) are normally seen as much less aggressive than the Republican ones. Sometimes, he needs to take more agressive stances against his opponents. He needs to show that he can and will fight. If he did this all the time, I wouldn’t support it. But, as a matter of fact, he is the more respectful and self-controlled candidate out there. So this displays are good for balancing his game.

  • Babs

    IndiMinded, yes, you’re right, they were both cheap shots. I had forgotten about the Ken Starr comment, but I might have remembered it if the aid had said “who does he think he is, Ken Starr”. That was the part of Obama’s comment that came off as a cheap shot to me, the context he used for his comparison. And yes, I guess we can view the Annie Oakley comment as sexist because Annie is a woman, maybe if he had said “who does she think she is, John Wayne?” it would have been just a cheap shot with no sexism, but some might have seen that as MORE sexism. Who knows, it’s all interpretetive. 🙂

    I’m with you, I hope they’ve both seen their lowest points, and Obama and McCain doesn’t pick up where Obama and Clinton left off.