Friday, May 23, 2008

Press Coddling HRC's JFK Assassination Statement

If anybody but Hillary Rodham Clinton had uttered the words "assassination" in conjunction with this presidential campaign where an African American man has attracted such widespread support, they'd have been booed and hissed out of contention within one media news cycle day.

we'll track what happens... maybe it will be her water-works-gate?

CNN Wolf Blitzer says comments causing a stir comments Hillary Clinton made before an editorial board plays video clip and interviews Paul Begala

Begala says the editorial board didn't find her comments objectionable... these primaries go through to June, he said...

Get the transcript

Countdown Keith Olbermann tonight, guest Prof Douglas Brinkely Rice University

O: is this a stand alone comment...

Brinkley: she floated something similar in March to Time Magazine... needs someone to intervene, another thing to make a comment about racial division... then something like this... should get out on top... her not quitting is getting to be funny...

B: bad taste, didn't do an apology... didn't come clean... in a meltdown... this was the low ebb of her campaign so far, and her political career... something sad... somebody a master politician and great senator... could have... things going down the drain here... realize how insensitive the remark was...

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May 23, 2008
Categories: Hillary Clinton
Not the first time

This isn't the first time Clinton has invoked Bobby Kennedy's assassination as part of an argument about the length of the primary process. On March 6 she told Time :

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, also in California. Having a primary contest go through June is nothing particularly unusual. We will see how it unfolds as we go forward over the next three to four months.

Early March Hillary referenced RFK Assassination to Time Magazine

May 23, 2008 --

Hillary Clinton today brought up the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy while defending her decision to stay in the race against Barack Obama.

"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.

Watch a video of the editorial board meeting here...

Hillary cites RFK assassination in explaining why she's still in race

Hillary Clinton today cited the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy during the 1968 presidential campaign to explain why she was remaining in the race despite long odds.

"We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California," Clinton told the editorial board of a South Dakota newspaper. " I don't understand it," Clinton added, alluding to the calls for her to quit.

Clinton made the statement after pointing out that her husband didn't lock up the nomination until June of 1992, trying to point out that, by past history, it's not late in the campaign.

But Barack Obama received Secret Service protection one year ago this month, the earliest ever in presidential history, after reports of threats.

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement that “Senator Clinton's statement before the Argus Leader editorial board was unfortunate and has no place in this campaign."

Clinton's made the comment to the Argus Leader newspaper in Sioux Falls, S.D.

UPDATE: Clinton's campaign has put out a statement in her name, apologizing for the remark.

NY Times
May 23, 2008, 6:30 pm
Say What? Hillary Clinton Does it Again
By The Editorial Board

We have no idea what, exactly, Hillary Clinton was thinking when she referred to the assassination of Bobby Kennedy in explaining her decision to keep on campaigning when it looks like there is virtually no hope of her winning the Democratic nomination.

(We’ve supported her decision to do so. This is a democracy, after all.)

But she could, at least, have apologized.

Instead, she issued one of those tedious non-apology apologies in which it sounds like the person who is being offended is somehow at fault: “I regret that if my referencing that moment of trauma for our entire nation, and particularly for the Kennedy family was in any way offensive.”


Is it even possible that Mrs. Clinton thinks someone out there was not offended by her remark, Kennedy relative, Obama relative, or just plain folks?

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