I read this article expecting to feel all “WTF are Republicans thinking to let this person be chosen as moderator?!” But I ended up feeling more “Heck, this could work to our advantage.”
October 10, 2012 – ABC News scrambles to cover up Barack Obama’s attendance at VP debate moderator’s wedding
The gist of the story is that, in 1991, Barack Obama was a guest at the Raddatz-Genachowski wedding. The bride, Martha Raddatz, will be the moderator at tomorrow’s VP debate. Barack Obama and her groom, Julius “Jay” Genachowski were classmates and members of the Harvard Law Review together. Jay aggressively fundraised for Barry and as President, Obama made him Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.
Martha Raddatz is also Chief White House correspondent for ABC News, a post she has held since November 2005. So, okay. I get the possible bias problem.
But consider this … the Raddatz-Genachowski couple divorced in 1997. Dearest was in the situation, guest at the first wedding of a school mate with whom he later partnered in a business venture. That couple also divorced after a handful of years. We only stayed in touch with the buddy. We went to his second wedding and have exchanged birth announcements, Christmas newsletters and occasional visits with them. We have had no contact with wife one or even any knowledge of her whereabouts.
Why would we? She was never a friend to Dearest, just the wife of his friend who suffered through a miserable marriage and painful divorce. She may be a wonderful person and no doubt has her own sad stories to tell about her crappy marriage etc. But our relationship to her was only through her husband. So I’m just thinking … if THAT woman had the chance to moderate a debate between someone she did not know and my husband, who is tainted by the bitter memories of her failed marriage, wouldn’t she be somewhat likely to have some prickly attitude lurking under her no-doubt “I’m a professional” demeanor?
Plus, there’s the other issue of Barack’s wedding gift. Brides do all the work of opening up, recording and sending thank you notes for wedding presents. I can still tell you who gave us the utensil set hanging on our kitchen wall 33 years ago this coming Saturday. And we are talking about the man who gave the Queen of England an iPod loaded with pictures and speeches of himself. It just crosses my mind that Martha may very well remember what cheap piece of crap he grabbed last minute at the airport or hotel gift shop, KWIM?
And it’s not like Paul Ryan can’t handle whatever she throws at him. She’s been on air for years and years, lots of footage for him to study to find her tells and weaknesses. I am really looking forward to this debate!