Monday, October 25, 2004

Diversity can be the right ticket

By John Johnston
Enquirer staff writer

America's most politically diverse couple has to be James Carville and Mary Matalin.

He's a political strategist for Democrats. She's a Republican political adviser. Both provide political commentary, often appearing together. He worked for the Clinton-Gore ticket in 1992 while she was advising President George H.W. Bush's re-election campaign. After that election, they married and wrote All's Fair: Love, War and Running for President (Simon & Schuster; $15). They live in Virginia with their two daughters.

Carville once told "(People) hear us yelling at each other on TV and they can't figure out how we manage to share a TV studio, much less a home, a family, a life. I don't blame them for being curious. I mean, not every guy has a wife who calls him a serpenthead - or worse - in front of a couple of million people. The truth is, I don't know what makes this relationship work. ... All I can say is that it works. It took me 48 years to find the right formula. It was worth the wait."

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