Yesterday Hillary Clinton 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.
Here are 12 reasons why this IS a BIG DEAL!
1. She’s a LAWYER! She is supposed to be good with words. As one person put it “EVERY word is thought out in advance and she is completely aware of the ramifications of the words she uses.” The word “assassinated” is NEVER TO BE USED by a candidate in a US election. Everyone knows that.
2. She claims to have “experience” to be President “from day one”. This kind of NAIVE and INSENSITIVE and DIVISIVE and MORBID remark should not come from a candidate with great “experience”. She knows Obama is a black man and she knows our nation’s history, and she knows Ted Kennedy has recently had health problems. Her “experience” should have let her know that this statement was inappropriate. It didn’t.
3. She said something like this back January and again in March to Time Magazine.
From MSNBC article: In fact, the specter of assassination was first raised in this campaign on January 8, when a Clinton introducer, a retired teacher from New Hampshire, brought it up before Clinton spoke. “If you look back, some people have been comparing one of the other candidates to JFK, and he was a wonderful leader. He gave us a lot of hope,” the retired teacher said. “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.”
Another MSNBC article: She has said much the same thing before. In a March interview with Time magazine, she said: “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.”
4. Her assassination remarks follow closely behind Mike Huckabee’s “aiming a gun at Obama” joke just a few days ago. Everyone heard the fall out over that. Hillary should have known to avoid that subject entirely. Again, she has “experience” to know better.
5. The KKK has already made threats on Obama’s life. Whether people like to admit it or not, there are racist lunatics and maniacs out there. The hateful murderers of MLK, JFK, and RFK seem like they existed long long ago, but the reality is people like that are still around and they don’t need any form of encouragement. Mark Shields reported that Obama had to be placed under secret service earlier than any other candidate in American History. So, yes, the threats are real and serious.
6. KY and WV voters (and some PA and OH voters) said race was an issue in their decision and they will not vote for Obama in the fall. As seen in many Youtube videos, ignorance and racism are still prevalent in America.
7. A CNN contributer said Hillary should make a statement rejecting votes based on racism. She didn’t. John Edwards did. During a debate he told everyone that he doesn’t want votes from sexist or racist people. So why hasn’t Hillary? What kind of potential President or Vice President wouldn’t want to reject and denounce this behavior?
8. Hillary said Obama was having problems winning “hard working voters”, that is “white voters”. As one reporter pointed out, even Nixon didn’t say “white” when using his “Southern strategy”. She did this after her MLK/LBJ controversial remarks, after Bill’s “fairy tale” and “Jesse Jackson” remarks, after her “as far as I know” response to smears that Obama is a Muslim, and after blasting Obama with attack ads in PA about his “bitter” comments (a gaffe which he made as an effort to excuse rural voters from accusations of racism). Fueling racial tensions in this country is not what we need from the next President (or Vice President). We’re trying to move beyond that.
9. Obama is the father of 2 young girls. What kind of animal would in anyway suggest or float the idea of him being assassinated?
And what kind of role model is she being to little girls everywhere who are looking at her and how she is running her campaign?
10. She didn’t even bother to apologize to Obama when she made her “apology”
11. She said she didn’t think there was racism much involved in this election, even while she whined over tons of overt sexism. I guess she did not read or hear of this Washington Post article.
12. Her “being tired” excuse doesn’t fly anymore, especially since she’s a tough, Rocky-like “fighter” who is “ready at 3am”.
I’m sure there are more reasons why this is a big deal, like “it’s unPresidential” or against American values or something, but I listed 12 to get people to think before they just start dismissing “gaffes” like this.
EDIT: These reasons aren’t in any particular order as far as significance is concerned.
UPDATE! The comparison didn’t even make sense, because Robert F. Kennedy wasn’t even in the lead when he was assassinated, he was in 2nd place. According to the 1968 Democratic election:
At the moment of RFK’s death, the delegate totals were:
UPDATE!Now FOX News has jumped in on the action. Here’s the link.
Thanks to Hillary and Huckabee have more assassination jokes are popping up. This would be REASON 13. The domino (or ripple) effect. Hillary and Huckabee got the ball rolling, now we can only hope and pray that evil racist lunatics don’t grant this lady’s wishes.