Just when I thought the Clinton campaign couldn’t sink any lower, today Hillary Clinton cited Bobby Kennedy’s assassination in June 1968, along with her husband’s win of the CA primary in June 1992, as reasons to stay in the Democratic primary race. For many reasons, people have worried about Barack Obama’s safety as the lead in this race because of the assassinations of JFK, RFK, and Dr. King. You can hear the remarks here:
I can’t believe that she would cite this reason for pressing on. Ted Kennedy fought up until the Democratic Convention in 1980, and Gary Hart was still challenging Mondale up until the 1984 Democratic Convention. Both of these challenges were more recent than RFK’s run for the presidency and subsequent assassination. I don’t think that assassinations should be brought up as valid reasons to stay in a race, especially when referring to an opponent who is bent on delivering change. Those of us who believe in real change are aware of the calculated risks involved in trying to deliver it. No need to rub our noses in the possibility of assassination.
While on topic, we are about two weeks away from the 40th anniversary of RFK’s death. Hillary’s remark, while timely, isn’t very sensitive to the Kennedy family, especially in light of the new challenges they are facing this week with Ted Kennedy’s illness.
I don’t have a problem with Clinton staying in the race. I really don’t. As a matter of fact, I think we continue to learn more about what she really thinks of the activist base of the party, hard working whites, African-Americans, and upper income Democrats. It all becomes rather comical, but this one isn’t funny.
Here’s how she tries to get out of it later in the day.
So Hillary supporters, try to explain this to me, and keep it on-topic, why do you think she’s invoking assassinations at this juncture? I’m glad that she offered a quasi-apology to the Kennedy family for the remark or rather to those of us who were offended by the remark (note how she never says “I’m sorry”), but why doesn’t she apologize to Obama? Barack Obama has never suggested that Hillary Clinton may be assassinated as a reason for his continued campaigning. I never thought of the Clintons being this crass about life and death matters, but in making this remark, she just lessened her stock as a potential VP choice.