12 reasons why Hillary’s assassination remark is a BIG DEAL

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.


23 Responses to 12 reasons why Hillary’s assassination remark is a BIG DEAL

  1. rewinn says:

    I more-or-less agree that, while her remark was almost certainly not as shocking or outre’ as MSM and the GOP are trying to portray it, the remark definitely shows poor judgment and is therefore significant.
    It’s not as important as McCain’s latest ravings; I would prefer to do as Obama seems to be doing, and focus on McCain. Let Hillary bury herself, and let us get about the business of healing our great nation.

  2. Hillary Assassinates Her Campaign…

    Like a vulture, Hillary is staying in the race hoping some unfortunate event knocks Obama out of the race where she can step in. Knowing how many fatal “accidents” and “suicides” have occurred with people associated with the Clinton’s you never kn…

  3. Burst says:

    What she does not relize is that this is a real possiblity, obama very well might day the first day as president. And, if it happens, does she not see the finger will be pointed at her. People will accuse her of leading the plot to kill obama, if he does get murdered.

  4. blakel121 says:

    Good work Hillary. And to think, 30% of this country want her as the next president.


  5. youagain says:

    For some reason you, and a lot of other people completely misinterpreted what Hillary said. She was saying something completely innocuous and was actually making a very good point. She was reminding us that other candidates before her did not win the nomination until June, so she was wondering why people were expecting her to step down before June. RFK never won the nomination because he was assassinated. We all know this happened in June. Hillary’s point was to remind us that RFK was still campaigning in June at the time of his death. Therefore, why should she step down before June. She makes absolutely no mention or allusion to Obama.

  6. zooeyibz says:

    disgraceful. before Obama i would have supported Hils wholeheartedly but she has shown her (thoroughly nasty) true colours in this campaign. i would be incredibly uncomfortable supporting her with my vote… lucky it’s not going to come to that!

  7. Kyle says:

    Hilary Clinton used the word “assassination” when describing how she still has a chance at defeating Obama in this primary election. After receiving negative criticism, she expressed “regret if … was in anyway offensive”. In the following youtube video, Keith Olberman from MSNBC speaks to the heart of how offensive this really is:

  8. unnikuttan says:

    Her comments are a little bit to precaire.

  9. Left Bank says:

    Early on I was an enthusiastic Hillary supporter. I thought the strongest possible ticket for the Democrats would have been Clinton/Obama. I was genuinely excited about the prospects.

    Somewhere midcampaign it started to become clear that there may be a lot more to the Hillary bashers disgust with the woman than a simple “right wing conspiracy”. Every day it got worse than the day before. For me the last straw was the race-baiting in South Carolina. After that it just got worse and worse.

    i think it is very sad that both Hill and Bill have done so much damage to themselves and to the Democratic Party. To my mind, it is unforgivable. The only good thing to have come out of this is that it has given Obama the opportunity to demonstrate how much real class he has. The man is going to be a great president. I’m genuinely excited about the prospects.

  10. halfmd says:

    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.

    Really? And how many African Americans are voting for Obama because he’s black?

  11. chunque says:

    The mentality behind what she said is catalogued here:


    and here:


    She is desperate and is willing to use the famous “Southern strategy” to get a delegate lead, whatever that means. (Her current strategy is to try and get votes from FL and MI in order to claim she won the popular vote.) Barack is not free from the sin of pandering (as John Stewart hilariously proved on The Daily Show), but making threats of violence is beyond the pale of our politics and should be roundly denounced.

  12. lnxwalt says:

    She knew what she was doing. She and her hubby have been “playing the race card” for months, ever since their vaunted Super Tuesday coronation went wrong. If the Dems want to win, they’d better take up a collection to send her on a year-long cruise. While she’s doing the macarena, maybe America will get over the mess she’s trying to stir up.

    I can’t imagine being so desperate to get back into that house that she’s willing to do and say anything. Must be *some* house.

  13. batguano101 says:

    The central issue is not either candidate.

    The democratic process excludes assassination from use, by threat or deed.

    The protection of the election process is more important than individual candidates or one election.

    The threat of assassination should eliminate officially the candidate using it from any possibility of nomination or election.

    To do less invites “Colombian Rules” to the election process of the USA.

    The USA is not a “banana republic”, to keep it that way, this use of threat of assassination should be dealt with exactly for what it is.

  14. RJ says:

    Excellent. I would have tried to write this in my own article, but I can’t keep up with all the mayhem. Excellent, I think I’ll link to this.

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  16. alcestesgirl says:

    The only problem I had was with the Wikipedia reference at the end, being in second place. Kennedy went into California behind, but came through ahead before he was assassinated. I believe this is suppose to reflect her idea of coming out ahead in the end, though the numbers don’t seem to be in her favor now. This seemed to directly contradict the idea of planting assassination seeds.

    You made several great points against her. I still think this was just an idiotic slip up on her part. She has shown to ignore the race card to favor her stance on sexism. She wants this more than anything and I can’t help but compare her denial and will power combo to something very similar to the denial/will power that helped FDR become president. Though, she lacks something and that’s the ability to communicate in a meaningful way, which makes her come off to me as purely power hungry. Not someone looking out for our best interest.

  17. caratime2 says:

    @halfmd: counter question – how many (older…white…) women are voting for HRC because she’s a woman? or doesn’t that count?!?!?!

    and – when the black democrats were lock-stepping behind white candidates 100% no one seemed to mind (BILL clinton, anyone?). at the beginning of this primary, HRC also had a very strong lead amongst black voters. it wasn’t until the clinton campaign began to pull their version of the race card from the bottom of the deck (unfortunately aided and abetted by the likes of well-known figures in the black community like Robert Johnson and Andrew Young) did more and more blacks begin to seriously rethink their allegiance to the clinton campaign machine.

    rightly so, imho!

  18. Paulette says:

    Excellent work!!! Hillary is a consummate politician and knows exactly what she was saying and implying. HIllary told the truth by accident!

    “Youagain”, you’re wearing rose tinted glasses.

    You might find the posts at http://www.letustalk.wordpress.com to be of interest.


  19. Honestly, who is to say that what she said WOULDN’T happen?

    Now, I am all for speaking your mind. But I think that as a politician, you have to be more cautious in how you approach certain subjects. She put this very bluntly, and that’s what the problem with this whole thing is. Honestly, who hasn’t thought that?

    I know I have.

    America is a country built on racism and race issues. There are many unhappy people because of Obama’s race (no pun intended) for the Presidential nomination.

    IMHO, there are many people who don’t wish to have a minority in the highest office in the republic, and there might very well be an attempt on his life.

    Why give him all the SS agents he has now if that thought hasn’t been addressed? He has way more than Hillary, and she is entitled to have them (as a former First Lady).

    Ponderous, isn’t it?

  20. pjbottoms says:

    Excellent post! Hillary has a selective memory and thinks she should get immunity for every insensitive remark she makes; history shows that she doesn’t expect to be accountable for her or her husband’s actions. The great part of this campaign is that we get to hear Ms. C’s “unscripted” comments so often. Yes she should know better, but she is a fool! She is a study in contrasts: a productive and corrupt politician. I hate to sound cynical, but I don’t think she’d be so forthcoming with any regrets about a republican official. She’s never held back the blame in that arena.


  21. Y says:

    I don’t, to this day, know what the big deal is. Anybody paying any attention to this race has had the thought in the forefornt of the minds. Hilary had the guts to say it out loud. At least she isn’t hiding anything or LYING about who she is or what she believes. And though I would normally support the Democrats due to the fact that the previous DEM office did wonderful things for the people of the US (which Bush took away), I would really hope that McCain wins regardliess of his age or his running mate (whom everyone seems to think makes an ideal target for outrageous, over-the-top & out-of-line jokes & comments)

  22. baldeagle08 says:

    I’m sorry you don’t get it Y, and I’m sorry you prefer fantasies over reality. When you claim Hillary didn’t lie about who she is, you willingly forget her “sniper fire” LIE. Not unlike how you willingly dismiss the overwhelming evidence and almost daily reminders from Sarah Palin that Sarah Palin should not be anywhere near the vice Presidents office. I mean, they do stricter scrutiny on McDonald’s applicants that the McCain camp did in selecting Sarah Palin.

    Obama is a rare talent. I’m sorry you FAIL to recognize that as clearly the hundreds of thousands of people attending his rallies do.

  23. Bruce Taylor says:

    So Hillary’s remark wasn’t politically correct? Is that it? You poor misguided schmuck.

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