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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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