From her own home state of New York, NY Daily News columnist Michael Goodwin writes:
It could happen, but what definitely has happened is that Clinton has killed her own chances of being vice president. She doesn’t deserve to be elected dog catcher anywhere now.
Her shocking comment to a South Dakota newspaper might qualify as the dumbest thing ever said in American politics.
Even in giving Sen. Hillary Clinton every possible benefit of the doubt, her comment on Friday was at best reckless and her parallels historically inaccurate. In mentioning her husband, Bill Clinton, MSNBC’s own Tim Russert said today on Meet the Press that mathematically, Bill already had the nomination locked up in April. Back then the Clintons knew math, and hailed Russert as a “mathematical genius”. Thus Bill was not, as Hillary suggests, fighting for every delegate way in to June. He was coasting on the confidence that he had earned the nomination, something Hillary is currently trying to deny Obama.
Her next comment sealed her fate. “We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don’t understand it,” she said, dismissing calls to drop out. This comment must be carefully analyzed because as outrageous and infuriating as it is, there are some that do not see a problem with it.
Historically, Bobby Kennedy got into the race only six weeks prior to his assassination in June, a significantly shorter time span than the length of this election, which has been going on for a year and five months. So there can be no comparison between this election and the murder of Robert Kennedy in regards to “long Presidential campaigns”. Presidential Historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin, cited this fact today on Meet the Press. Also, Kennedy was not in the lead when he was killed. He was running far enough behind Hubert Humphrey that many historians believe he would have lost even if he hadn’t been shot. Humphrey had almost a 200 delegate lead over Robert Kennedy. Therefore, any suggestions that some how the murder of RFK brought new life to another candidate in that election (as disgusting as that sounds) is also historically inaccurate. Yet the Clinton camp has been hoping for weeks now that something horrible, something cataclysmic would happen to the Obama campaign. Ironically, in wishing for such things, Hillary Clinton brought upon herself that very fate.
There are those that like to ignore the comparisons of Obama to RFK in Hillary’s comment, claiming that she wasn’t talking about the Illinois Senator. Now that we’ve already shown that whatever point she was trying to make fails in light of history, we will examine if the claims that she was drawing parallels between Obama and RFK are unfounded.
Robert Kennedy was a charismatic Democratic Presidential candidate with broad appeal. He campaigned in the ghettos and barrios of large cities, where he was mobbed by enthusiastic supporters. Sound familiar? He was also young (he died at age 42) and very popular amongst African Americans. It was Bobby Kennedy who spoke out to a crowd of largely African Americans immediately following Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination. His words of sympathy and calls for understanding helped settle some of the urges to riot in that city. Barack Obama is only 4 years older than Kennedy was when he passed (Obama is 46). He too is known for his charisma, broad appeal, and vision. He is also the first viable African American Presidential candidate in the history of the United States of America. Until now, 2008, every President and every Vice President in the history of the US has been a white male. In fact, all but three viable candidates and every Republican candidate (I am excluding Alan Keyes as viable) in this election has been a white male. So, yes, African Americans are enthusiastic about Barack Obama’s candidacy, and so are many other Americans. He has drawn record crowds full of people who have never taken an interest in politics. (75,000 in Oregon!)
So there are similarities between Obama and RFK, which makes Hillary’s comment utterly stomach turning. Why would murder be on her mind? And even if it was, as it is for many that lived through the assassinations of MLK, JFK, and RFK, what in heaven’s name would possess her to voice it publicly on tape and on camera? Barack Obama had to have secret service protection early on in this election. In fact, he’s had it earlier than any other candidate ever has. Early last year, the KKK made death threats against Barack Obama, serious enough to where authorities and his campaign were notified.
Hillary’s comment follows on the heels of Mike Huckabee’s stupid joke before the NRA, about Obama ducking from a gun. And her non-apology-to-Obama apology was a mere rambling about how the illness of Ted Kennedy led her to reminisce on the murder of Robert Kennedy! People, that is extremely disturbing. When a friend of yours gets sick, it shouldn’t lead you to thoughts about the death of their slaughtered sibling. Honestly, what on earth was she thinking?
For those that cite RFK’s son’s remarks to diminish Hillary’s self-imposed fire storm, I will remind you that he is and was a Hillary supporter. I think many, including the Obama camp, want to give Hillary the benefit of the doubt and save her from accusations of having evil desires. But even if her colossal blunder was not motivated by darkness, it then only shows an extreme naivety and lack of common sense and decency that is shocking nonetheless. And no, being “tired” is no excuse. After all, she’s “ready at 3am”.