Opinion: Geraldine Ferraro, calling Barack Obama “sexist,” may not back him


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Might fully one-third of the six surviving Democratic vice presidential nominees end up opposing their party’s national ticket this November?

That possibility arose today based on comments Geraldine Ferraro, the 1984 Democratic veep candidate, made to The New York Times.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, who occupied the No. 2 slot for the Democrats in 2000, months ago declared for presumptive Republican White House nominee John McCain.

And Ferraro, a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter who sparked a brouhaha earlier this year over whether she made a racially dismissive remark about Barack Obama, apparently is no longer a reliable Democratic vote.

Ferraro, in the NYT story, terms Obama ‘terribly sexist.’ And, as a result, she says she may not be able to cast her ballot for him if, as anticipated, he gains the Democratic presidential nod.

On the positive side for Democrats, no signs of apostasy are emanating from the four other one-time party veep candidates still alive -- John Edwards (the ’04 nominee who officially signed on with Obama last week), Al Gore (the nominee in 1992 and ‘96), Walter Mondale (the 1976 and 1980 nominee) and Sargent Shriver (George McGovern’s running mate in 1972 -- they may have gotten trounced by the GOP’s Richard Nixon/Spiro Agnew pairing, but their longevity is impressive).

-- Don Frederick