Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Audacity of Dopes: Que Sirhan Sirhan

Wow. Hillary Clinton has more or less stated that she'd be the most gangsta vice president ever.

“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. You know I just, I don’t understand it.”
You sort of hate to think that this is the sort of idea that worms its way to the center of one's zombie brain as a result of prolonged exposure to Kentuckians. Anyway, here's how her campaign initially responded:

"She was simply referencing her husband in 1992 and Bobby Kennedy in 1968 as historic examples of the nominating process going well into the summer. Any reading into beyond that would be inaccurate and outrageous."
Well, that sure is a funny collection of words! Especially "inaccurate" and "outrageous." You see, it is indeed, "inaccurate" to suggest that Bill Clinton's nomination only became certain in June. In fact, he had wrapped it up by March. You can look it up. Naturally, as far as "outrageous" goes, I sort of think basing your electoral strategy on the chance that an RFK-style assassination occurs in the next forty or so days. I mean, wouldn't that make Hillary the 2008 version of Hubert Humphrey? (More like George Wallace.)

Then there was further walkback from Clinton herself.

The Kennedys have been much on my mind the last days because of Senator Kennedy and I regret that if my referencing that moment of trauma for our entire nation, and particularly for the Kennedy family was in any way offensive.
Indeed, this was a pretty inopportune moment to be reminding the Kennedys of their epic struggles with mortality, not something you'd expect from a person who's had the family "much on [their] mind."

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