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Friday, May 23, 2008

Clinton foresees Obama's assination as a reason to stay in the race!?!


WTF is Clinton smoking? Does she know something about Obama's near future...
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton quickly apologized Friday after citing the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy as a reason to remain in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination despite increasingly long odds.

[...]

"I regret that if my referencing that moment of trauma for our entire nation and in particular the Kennedy family was in any way offensive. I certainly had no intention of that whatsoever," the former first lady said.

The episode occurred as Clinton campaigned in advance of the June 3 South Dakota primary.

Responding to a question from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader editorial board about calls for her to drop out of the race, she said: "My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. You know I just, I don't understand it," she said, dismissing the idea of abandoning the race.

Clinton said she didn't understand why, given this history, some Democrats were calling for her to quit.

After the Obama campaign pounced on her remark, the Clinton campaign offered this so-called "clarification"
Clinton spokesman Mo Elleithee said the senator was only referring to her husband and Kennedy "as historical examples of the nominating process going well into the summer and any reading into it beyond that would be inaccurate and outrageous."

Ah...yeah, right.

After realizing that the excuse wasn't going to fly, Hillary tried to do damage control again.
"I was discussing the Democratic primary history and in the course of that discussion mentioned the campaigns of both my husband and Senator (Robert) Kennedy waged in California in June in 1992 and 1968 and I was referencing those to make the point that we have had nomination primary contests that go into June. That's a historic fact," she said.

Yeah, but what does this "historic fact" have to do with you bringing up Kennedy's assignation with the context of her entire original comment? And oh yeah, your reference about your husband Bill is WRONG as the '92 campaign was effectively over IN MARCH of that year!

Please, please, please go away Hillary...please.

UPDATE: Sweet! TPM has the video footage...



UPDATE 2: The rounds of condemnation is spreading across the blogs.
The Political Carnvial:
Done. I'm done with her.

MyDD:
This must now end.

Over the past weeks, many have called for Clinton to end her campaign based on metrics. But with the infrastructure-building the primary keeps delivering, I've been reasonably comfortable waiting until June for closure.

But this is unacceptable.

The United States has a history of profound political violence - and the use of violence to oppress and coerce. And while I'm not quite willing to accept that Clinton spoke maliciously - it doesn't matter. There is no excuse for flippantly referencing assassination, especially given the historic nature of Obama's campaign and our nation's grim history of racial oppression through violence. When Hillary Clinton speaks of our history, she is not reflecting academically or only in a vacuum - her words and influence are real. To act otherwise is negligent, at best.

No context can save her. She must go.

Daily Kos
The willingness to say such a thing in a cheap effort to sway superdelegates is disgusting.

Oliver Willis
Seriously, who says this sort of thing? Your average person doesn’t say it, let alone somebody running for president. Hillary Clinton didn’t lose this race because she was a victim of sexism. She lost this race because people are tired of her clawing for power and running over everything to do it.

..and for her excuse that she had Kennedy on her minds because of his current, illness, can someone from her campaign explain her similar remarks she made to TIME magazine back in March?
TIME: Can you envision a point at which--if the race stays this close--Democratic Party elders would step in and say, "This is now hurting the party and whoever will be the nominee in the fall"?

CLINTON: No, I really can't. I think people have short memories. Primary contests used to last a lot longer. We all remember the great tragedy of Bobby Kennedy being assassinated in June in L.A. My husband didn't wrap up the nomination in 1992 until June. Having a primary contest go through June is nothing particularly unusual.

Oh, I'm praying for an Olbermann "Special Comment" tonight.

UPDATE 3: Rachel Maddow offer her two cents...


Eugene Robinson on Clinton's non-apology apology