Maybe she didn’t. She didn’t mean to imply that she was staying in the race because she was waiting for Obama to be assassinated but that she was staying in the race because her husband won the nomination in June, but RFK was assassinated also in June after winning a big primary. But if her point was to say that she can still win in June, why even mention that Kennedy was assassinated? Clinton won and Kennedy was assassinated, yeah two great examples for presidential success in June? Does that even make sense? Also, if the Kennedys were on her mind, why is it that the moment that would be on her mind is one of the brothers’ assassination? And how selfish and self centered would she have to be that she would use a tragic moment in their lives to advance her own personal agenda; her justification for staying in the contest?
Here’s is what she said from the New York Post:
“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. I don’t understand it,” she said, dismissing calls to drop out.
The article continues on:
Obama, the first African-American to advance so far in the race for the White House, has faced threats, sources have said.
Robert Kennedy, the younger brother of President John F. Kennedy, was gunned down in 1968 after winning the California primary. He had been a hero on the left for his civil rights agenda and calls to end the war in Vietnam.
Barack Obama, who leads Clinton by nearly 200 delegates and has already secured a majority of pledged delegates, has been the subject of threats. Early in the campaign, the Secret Service gave him a security detail at the request of Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Illinois).
Earlier in January, there was another such incident:
In yet another reference to Democratic Party icon John F. Kennedy — we’ve heard several in recent days — Clinton supporter Francine Torge, a retired educator from Durham, mentioned his assassination in her introduction of the senator on Monday.
“If you look back, some people have been comparing one of the other candidates to JFK, and he was a wonderful leader,” she said. “He gave us a lot of hope. But he was assassinated, and Lyndon Baines Johnson actually did all of his work and got both the Republicans and Democrats to pass those measures.”
“Assassination” has been one of those eerie thoughts that’s loomed over Black people’s minds throughout this whole contest. Some Black people have simply decided NOT to give Barack their vote simply because they are so convinced he’s getting assassinated at any time. Most race conscious people know that Black people are targets just by being Black, and no this isn’t pulling the “race card” but a reality, ask Sean Bell and Amadou Diallo. But try being Black and “getting out of your place” like trying to be president? Don’t even think about it. It’s not paranoia, assassination is a reality for many many Black leaders in American and around the globe. But this isn’t about Black people.
When all the questions arise as to why Clinton steadfastly treads forward in a downward spiraling campaign and her response is that her husband won in June but another presidential hopeful was assassinated, it leaves one to conclude that maybe, maybe this (Obama’s assassination) is why she’s staying in the race. I’m trying to give here the benefit of the doubt here. What is it about RFK’s presidential campaign’s demise does she find inspiring enough to conjure up in attempts to justify why she’s staying in the race?
Keith Olberman breaks it down:
- We have forgiven you your insistence that there have been widespread calls for you to end your campaign, when such calls had been few.
- We have forgiven you your misspeaking about Martin Luther King’s relative importance to the Civil Rights movement.
- We have forgiven you your misspeaking about your under-fire landing in Bosnia.
- We have forgiven you your insisting Michigan’s vote wouldn’t count and then claiming those who would not count it were Un-Democratic.
- We have forgiven you pledging to not campaign in Florida and thus disenfranchise voters there, and then claim those who stuck to those rules were as wrong as those who defended slavery or denied women the vote.
- We have forgiven you the photos of Osama Bin Laden in an anti-Obama ad…
- We have forgiven you fawning over the fairness of Fox News while they were still calling you a murderer.
- We have forgiven you accepting Richard Mellon Scaife’s endorsement and then laughing as you described his “deathbed conversion.”
- We have forgiven you quoting the electoral predictions of Boss Karl Rove.
- We have forgiven you the 3 a.m. Phone Call commercial.
- We have forgiven you President Clinton’s disparaging comparison of the Obama candidacy to Jesse Jackson’s.
- We have forgiven you Geraldine Ferraro’s national radio interview suggesting Obama would not still be in the race had he been a white man.
- We have forgiven you the dozen changing metrics and the endless self-contradictions of your insistence that your nomination is mathematically probable rather than a statistical impossibility.
- We have forgiven you your declaration of some primary states as counting and some as not.
- We have forgiven you exploiting Jeremiah Wright in front of the editorial board of the lunatic-fringe Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
- We have forgiven you exploiting William Ayers in front of the debate on ABC.
- We have forgiven you for boasting of your “support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans”
- We have even forgiven you repeatedly praising Senator McCain at Senator Obama’s expense, and your own expense, and the Democratic ticket’s expense.
Finally he says this:
But Senator, we cannot forgive you this.
Because a senator…a politician…a person…who can let hang in mid-air the prospect that she might just be sticking around in part, just in case the other guy gets shot – has no business being, and no capacity to be, the President of the United States.
I think he’s a bit harsh in this piece here though, but maybe that’s what she needs to see the damage she’s causing with her “gaffes” in relation to Obama.
Fox news apparantly agrees with Hillary.
And now we have what uh…some are reading as a suggestion that somebody knock off Osa…Osama. Umm… Uh…Obama…well both if we could *laughs*.
Seriously? You can sign a petition to have Liz Trotter fired here.
Disgusting behavior all around!!!