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May 24, 2008

ONYD: Assassination Comment

Filed under: Politics — CPav @ 11:49 pm
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Okay. So I just endorsed Barack Obama, and now I’m going to take up for Hillary Clinton.

For those who haven’t heard, Senator Clinton was taking part in an interview yesterday that was being webcast, and was asked about staying in the primary race. She attempted to make a point that in the past the primaries had gone long into the year, and said

“My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of the June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don’t understand it.”

That’s not the ONYD moment. No, the ONYD goes to all of the talking heads, all of the O’Reillys and Matthews and Olbermanns who devoted hour upon rabid hour exorciating Senator Clinton for implying that she was staying in the race because Barack Obama might be assassinated in June.

This is, of course, the most ludicrous thing I’ve heard in a season of ludicrous comments. Anybody with half a brain can tell that what she was trying to do was make a shorthand reference to a common point in time that a good portion of her target audience could identify immediately. To infer anything into her comments is simply ridiculous.

And as amused as I was at Olbermann’s “Special Comment” last week when he took President Bush to task over his golf comments, last night’s anti-Clinton rant was simply embarrassing. To deliberately interpret an innocent comment as Olbermann did and then blow it up as the most egregious political comment of a generation was wrongheaded and ridiculous.

The 300 Project: 27/102


1 Comment »

  1. Forget about the conditional apology part — “I regret that if” — which is standard political procedure these days. It’s just the last, sad rusted bolt in her metallic coat: Mrs. Clinton, ultimately, was always prepared to say anything, anything, to justify the previous half century of her life as a political robot by grabbing the iron ring.

    We see now it was not merely a matter of the truth, which never stood in the way of the message. It is simply that she does not care at all about the content of anything she says except whether or not it will have the desired political effect. That, of course, is a formula that is inherently self-defeating, but when you lack sensitivity… when you do not care… when you just do not get it. You defeat yourself.

    Comment by Silver Fox — May 25, 2008 @ 11:29 am | Reply

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