Invoking RFK

In the latest in a series of missteps by Senator Hillary Clinton, the good Senator from New York has come under fire for recent comments in which she invoked the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy to justify her decision to prolong her long-shot White House campaign. Here’s her exact comments, which were told to the editorial board of the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Argus Leader:

“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.

I understand Clinton’s logic here – I think most folks do – but bringing RFK’s assassination into the equation reeks of exactly the kind of desperation that’s becoming more and more commonplace in the Clinton campaign. And while it’s no secret that I’ve never been a supporter of Hillary Clinton, I do feel it’s unfortunate to see the damage both the Clintons have done to their reputations and legacies. Renee over at Crawford’s Take summed it up best:

I just wanna cry for Hillary right now… I know she really wants to be president. In addition, if not that, some really cool other job. VP, SCOTUS, AG… She really could have had anything she wants at this point and I think every American would be excited about it.

But some misplaced sense of desperation has driven her to the brink. The comments about RFK today came from pure desperation. They came from some psyche that will not let her give up no matter what it takes and they came from some sense of entitlement that’s been rejected by the Democrats of America without regard for a lifetime of work to achieve that sense of entitlement.

Renee also adds:

In other words, I’m tired of every few days seeing her say or do something that squanders her good will built over decades any further. The only way to stop that is for her to just flat out take a break and stop campaigning for a while.

While I’d disagree that every American would be excited about the possibility of Hillary as VP, SCOTUS, AG, etc. – simply because there are a lot of folks on both sides of the political spectrum who want to see her fail – I do feel bad for the damage she’s done to her legacy. While Hillary’s vowed to fight the good fight and stay in the race, I have to think it won’t be long before she finally admits that this is a race she just can’t win without doing irreparable damage to her reputation and to the Democratic Party.


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3 thoughts on “Invoking RFK

  1. The faux outrage is getting a little too much. The Obamafacists just may find this last stunt will backfire. Since you are quoting Renee, it should be pointed out she is one who was been arguing Hillary’s reference to RFK was an assassination threat on Obama.

    So, please explain why this is a misstep. If I was Obama I’d be careful 22% of Democrats want her running as an independent. Personally, Obama has been elevated to worser evil, meaning McCain before Obama. We do not need another unitary executive in the White House which is exactly how he has run his campaign.

  2. Just need to step in and say that I NEVER argued that Hillary made an assassination threat on Obama… What I did say and mean was that the comments she made were irresponsible and that at that time, with a candidate who is constantly under threat of assassination (more than any other in history) and after courting voters with sublte racism for months, it was a dangerous thing to reference so irresponsibly….

    This is over now, but I want to make the record clear…

  3. Renee, my intent was never to imply you asserted that Hillary had made a threat against Obama; I was simply pointing out that I agreed with you regarding the way things turned out for Hillary.

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