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Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary's "Archie Bunker" strategy for Pa.
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Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary's "Archie Bunker" strategy for Pa.

Davey glanced up and down the bar then leaned forward confidentially. "Let me tell you something about this neighborhood. It's like an Archie Bunker neighborhood here. Really conservative."

His voice dropped to a conspiratorial whisper.

"If Archie were real and he lived here," said Davey, "he'd be the mayor."

-- Associated Press, July 14, 1984, in a story about Geraldine Ferraro's congressional district in Queens, N.Y. (via Nexis.)

You've probably hearing for months now that the 2008 election is really all about the legacy of some old white guy who was popular a generation ago. The Republicans want that guy to be Ronald Reagan. The Hillary Clinton wing of the Democratic Party wants their 20th Century icon to be Archie Bunker.

And so now the Clinton campaign has found it's true voice in the person of Archie Bunker's former Queens congresswoman, Geraldine Ferraro. You couldn't make this up if you tried. It's just too perfect.


What matters is that the Clinton campaign is convinced that Archie Bunker is voting in Pennsylvania in April 22, and they clearly will not struggle hard to repudiate any idea -- no matter how loathesome -- that can squeeze out a few extra voters in that regard.

That's why it hangs out there the idea -- expressed this time by Clinton herself -- that Obama is not a Muslim "as far as I know." Or that losses in places like South Carolina don't matter because Jesse Jackson won there -- and check out what Geraldine Ferarro said about Jesse Jackson in 1988, so you see there's a history here. Or the paternalistic idea that Obama -- a fellow senator with Clinton and McCain -- is somehow "not ready" to be commander-in-chief, with not-so-vague overtones of affirmative action that is so unpopular in Bunker-land.

If Hillary Clinton is serious about becoming a true president for all Americans -- she would reject, denounce, repudiate, whatever the kids are calling it these days -- the support of Geraldine Ferarro. But that's not she's all about, not this springtime in Pennsylvania. She's all about winning.

And with Archie Bunker's congresswoman by her side, she thinks she can do exactly that.
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  - Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary's "Archie Bunker" strategy for Pa. babylonsister  Mar-12-08 01:12 PM   #0 
  - Bet the youngsters here don't know who Archie Bunker is...  skooooo   Mar-12-08 01:13 PM   #1 
  - Why not? Cultural literacy and all that. nt  TheWraith   Mar-12-08 01:15 PM   #4 
  - Here's a video to refresh some memories:  babylonsister   Mar-12-08 01:20 PM   #8 
  - They don't have to. As long as they know what affirmative action is....  Shakespeare   Mar-12-08 01:38 PM   #19 
  - Those were the days...  berni_mccoy   Mar-12-08 01:39 PM   #20 
     - "and you knew who you were then..."  CreekDog   Mar-12-08 02:05 PM   #27 
  - I was thinking Strom Thurmond.  Bornaginhooligan   Mar-12-08 01:13 PM   #2 
  - I wondered what district she represented.  CitizenLeft   Mar-12-08 01:14 PM   #3 
  - Yes that's a good analogy -- And the series title is ironic: All in the Family  Armstead   Mar-12-08 01:15 PM   #5 
  - I said yesterday that Ferraro's comments were deliberate; aimed at PA.  sparosnare   Mar-12-08 01:18 PM   #6 
  - And today she's STANDING BY THEM ...  LSparkle   Mar-12-08 01:24 PM   #10 
  - I know, but remember she's doing it for a reason.  sparosnare   Mar-12-08 01:29 PM   #13 
  - I think Obama needs to re-hire Samantha Power -- in a PUBLIC way  LSparkle   Mar-12-08 01:45 PM   #22 
  - Where is the adult supervision of the Hillary campaign? Now you see why I wouldn't vote Hillary...  InAbLuEsTaTe   Mar-12-08 02:24 PM   #33 
  - You know it. It's the only thing her sorry campaign has done effectively.  thecatburgler   Mar-12-08 01:33 PM   #16 
  - That's why Pennsylvania needs to repudiate hilary's  zidzi   Mar-12-08 01:19 PM   #7 
  - Ed Rendell won't repudiate - he said something equally divisive weeks ago.  sparosnare   Mar-12-08 01:30 PM   #14 
     - I know..eddie rendell is one 'em..I'm talking  zidzi   Mar-12-08 01:36 PM   #18 
     - The letter I sent to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl -  sparosnare   Mar-12-08 01:50 PM   #24 
        - Wow. What a great letter!  BumRushDaShow   Mar-12-08 02:00 PM   #25 
        - Thank you. Friendly rivalry? lol -  sparosnare   Mar-12-08 02:12 PM   #28 
           - LOL  BumRushDaShow   Mar-12-08 02:17 PM   #32 
        - Thank you, sparosnare! That's  zidzi   Mar-12-08 02:01 PM   #26 
           - I hope he does too.  sparosnare   Mar-12-08 02:15 PM   #30 
              - Hopefully there's more out  zidzi   Mar-12-08 02:42 PM   #37 
     - Don't despair. I'm predicting this backfires big time.  InAbLuEsTaTe   Mar-12-08 02:26 PM   #34 
  - Hillary needs to drop out of the race today, if not sooner.  Major Hogwash   Mar-12-08 01:23 PM   #9 
  - She'll never drop out. She's running straight through 2012!  InAbLuEsTaTe   Mar-12-08 02:17 PM   #31 
     - She can run all she wants, she'll never win. Dems don't elect people like her.  Major Hogwash   Mar-12-08 03:15 PM   #39 
  - Horseshit.  AlertLurker   Mar-12-08 01:25 PM   #11 
  - My memories of Jesse Jackson are not fond ...  BearSquirrel2   Mar-12-08 01:26 PM   #12 
  - That nails it. I've been thinking of the "in because he's black" as code language for affirmative..  Shakespeare   Mar-12-08 01:31 PM   #15 
  - Ding ding ding!  thecatburgler   Mar-12-08 01:35 PM   #17 
  - Perfect! On the defensive: Ferraro: 'They're attacking me because I'm white'  ProSense   Mar-12-08 01:43 PM   #21 
  - pretty much sums it up and it is disgusting  Jacobin   Mar-12-08 01:47 PM   #23 
  - Sure miss the old Hillary. Those were the days  InAbLuEsTaTe   Mar-12-08 02:14 PM   #29 
  - I just hope the American voters  stillcool47   Mar-12-08 02:27 PM   #35 
  - Ah! That's the phrase I've been looking for!  NoBorders   Mar-12-08 02:30 PM   #36 
  - kick  scard   Mar-12-08 02:51 PM   #38 

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