2008 Number One with a Bullet
posted by May 23 at 12:59 PMon
From the New York Post:
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.
Clinton made her comments at a meeting with the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader’s editorial board while campaigning in South Dakota, where she complained that, “People have been trying to push me out of this ever since Iowa.”
Is that why you’re staying in the race Clinton? Just in case Obama is gunned down? How very noble of you.
Man, your campaign just keeps getting uglier and uglier.
Update: Via Politico:
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.”
Another Update: In the comments, “Bison” writes:
Jesus but you (and this includes you, Steinbacher) are all a bunch of morons. That’s a completely uncharitable reading of what she said.
Regardless of your political alliances, if you aren’t already half-blinded by Hillary hate it seems pretty obvious that she’s just pointing out that it’s not abnormal for primary campaigns to still be fought well into June. In fact, you probably all remember that Bobby Kennedy was shot IN JUNE. What you may not remember is that on the night he was shot he had just declared victory in California’s primary in spite of being significantly behind Humphrey in overall pledged delegates.
Bison’s probably right about what she was trying to say, but that doesn’t make the comment any less stupid, insensitive, and campaign-combusting.