The Archie Bunker Vote

I didn\’t see it coming. I really didn\’t.

I had really thought that with all the wins Barack Hussein Obama had racked up the thougths of \”a black man can\’t run for president\”, \”no way America will elect a black man\” had fallen by the wayside. But, no.

Hillary Clinton\’s surprising victory in the recent spathe of primaries has been attributed to the \”Archie Bunker\” vote. That\’s right, Archie Bunker, everyone\’s favorite reactionary, bigoted, blue-collar worker.

\”Race played a significant factor in Ohio,\” said Cuyahoga County Commissioner Timothy Hagan, who supported Obama. The state\’s white voters aren\’t \”bigots, but the image they see every day of black America is drugs, crime, guns and violence.\” –

Bigot (noun): a person who constantly and stubbornly holds a particular point of view.

So their point of view is that Black America is drugs, crime, guns, and violence; and this view led them to not vote for Obama. Uh-huh… but they aren\’t bigots… of course not!

But the Archie Bunker vote along doesn\’t seem to make sense. I doubt Archie would vote for a woman either. Is this a sign that women\’s lib has come further in the past 30 years than racial equality? Perhaps. Is that good news or bad news? Neither.

As for the Democratic campaigns, what this comes down to is yet another \”showdown\”; this time in Pennsylvania. The expectation is that most of the voters in PA are like those in Ohio, so things are looking up for Clinton in a real disappointing way. And things are really looking up if voters in PA feel the same way some people in Obama\’s backyard of Chicago feel: (quote from the same yahoo article above) \”If Obama gets in, it\’s going to be a black thing and it\’s going to be all blacks for blacks,\” said Victoria Mikulski, a 63-year-old clerk in Edison Park. \”Everything\’s got to be equal.\”

Sigh… the ignorance is overwhelming at times.







One response to “The Archie Bunker Vote”

  1. alex Avatar

    Archie: “Tory, Feldman, O’Reilly, Nelson… That’s an Italian, a Jew, an Irishman, and a regular American there… what I call a balanced ticket.”
    Anyway. I think what you’re seeing is the groundwork being laid for just how nasty this election will be, regardless of candidate. It’s sad, but it’s what the right-wing does, and they’re good at it. Of course, it’s possible that Obama may be capable of rising above this crap. We can hope.

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