2008 Clinton Apologizes for Assassination Reference
posted by May 23 at 14:40 PMon
Woah. I go to lunch for an hour, come back, and find out that while I’ve been gone Hillary Clinton has been talking about one of the Kennedy assassinations—as a way of explaining why she’s still in the race. What???
Doesn’t she know that this touches on the murmured fears of a lot of Democrats who cannot understand why she’s still running? Doesn’t she know that, with Ted Kennedy just diagnosed with a brain tumor, this is perhaps the worst moment for a statement such as the one she made today during an editorial board meeting in South Dakota?
Clinton has since apologized, and if you take the most charitable view of her comment you can see what one hopes she was getting at: Democratic nomination fights have historically lasted until June, and one example of that phenomenon is Robert Kennedy, who was assassinated in June of 1968—while he was still in a nomination fight.
But man, if that was the intended meaning, what a dumb way to put it and what a dumb day to bring it up. This is a self-inflicted wound from which it will be hard for Clinton to recover. And if she was really trying to slyly suggest that she’s staying in the race on the off-chance that Obama, like Kennedy, will be assassinated this summer—well, here’s an example of what happens when someone believes that was her motivation.
Let’s go to the tape. Here’s Clinton’s assassination remark:
And here’s her apology:
Quite a day. It began with Clinton people leaning on Obama to give her the VP slot, and it appears to have ended with Clinton completely blowing any chance she had for the VP slot—much less anything else.