Things change August 3, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Looking at the announcement that Hilary Clinton has selected Tim Kaine as her running mate for the US Presidency the photographs were striking and I was reminded of something that I had noticed after listening to finally getting to Ken Rudin’s political podcast on convention weeks where he mentioned the pick by Walter Mondale of Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate in 1984. That was a ground-breaking selection, the first woman nominee for Vice President of the United States. Ferraro was a tough shrewd political operator but the ticket never caught fire. But telling, I thought, as an indication of then prevailing social attitudes this from wiki:
Ferraro drew large crowds on the campaign trail, many of whom wished to see the history-making candidate in person, who often chanted, “Ger-ry! Ger-ry!” Mondale and Ferraro rarely touched during their appearances together, to the point that he would not even place his palm on her back when they stood side-by-side; Ferraro later said this was because anything more and “people were afraid that it would look like, ‘Oh, my God, they’re dating.'”.
In retrospect doesn’t it seem almost antediluvian?