After all the infighting, gaffes, and downright offensive behavior surrounding the Democratic primary race, it was time to move into a much more positive direction. After coming to terms with my utter dislike for the campaign Hillary Clinton has run, a new day was dawning as the end of the primary contests neared. While mulling over the possible scenarios to reunite the party, I continued to ask myself WWOW (What would Obama want)? Then Friday happened.
Hillary Clinton responding to a question about her reasons for staying in the Democratic primary race (May 23, 2008): “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.”
Rage. Actually, it was blinding rage. The kind of anger and shock that is so overwhelming that a person can hardly speak. My head was spinning: Martin…Malcolm… NO! NO! NO! NO! After spending the last few of months trying to calm fears and push aside the notion that something horrible could happen to the possible first black President, I sat in disbelief watching Clinton speak so nonchalantly about the death of a charismatic, influential candidate who is easily comparable to Clinton’s competitor… she highlighted THIS as a reason to continue her campaign. I was so angry, I wanted to cry and so disgusted I wanted to vomit. Once my ability to verbalize thoughts returned, I responded: F*CKING BITCH!
WTF was she thinking? How could she? She claims she is qualified to be President, but she obviously has very little tact, insight, intelligence, or foresight! As beloved as Bill Clinton was by the African-American community and Hillary by association, it was the final blow. The AA community has endured various Clinton slights from “MLk was ok, but LBJ was really the man”, to “Barack won SC like Jesse, however we won’t mention Bill’s success (or Gore’s, Kerry’s and various other white politicians’ success) in SC”, and let’s not forget the ever impressive “hard-working Americans = white Americans”. But as it has been proven over and over again, the Clintons will do or say ANYTHING to win and once someone (or a group) gets on their bad side, the Clintons will eat their own. Black folks and their assassinated leaders be damned.
Even those who are not Obama fans admit that there is an inspirational electricity emanating from Barack. It is an accepted fact that this phenomenon has reached rock star status. Clinton continually attempts to diminish him personally and delegitmize Barack’s upcoming victory, rolling full steam ahead. When you really, really think about it, what does the reference to RFK’s assassination really say about Clinton? In the words of Micheal Goodwin, “we have seen an X-ray of a very dark soul. One consumed by raw ambition to where the possible assassination of an opponent is something to ponder in a strategic way. Otherwise, why is murder on her mind?”
The reminder of the summer of ’68 in which many saw an inspirational, rising leader, who was a member of America’s royal family, cut down in his prime reopened wounds and brought back hurt, anger, anguish, and despair. Adding salt to the wound was the ill-timing of the comments: days after the revelation of Senator Ted Kennedy’s brain cancer diagnosis and in between the anniversaries of the deaths of MLK Jr. and RFK. Hillary continued to go down the her familiar path of not accepting responsibility for her actions: she gave a no-apology and gave the excuse that Senator Kennedy had a been on her mind lately. However, that would not explain why she made these similar comments at least twice before the Kennedy diagnosis. Not to mention, earlier in the year, Clinton sat by and said nothing as one of her supporters verbally attacked the legacy of another Kennedy brother: “If you look back, some people have been comparing one of the other candidates to JFK, and he was a wonderful leader,” she said. “He gave us a lot of hope. But he was assassinated, and Lyndon Baines Johnson actually did all of his work and got both the Republicans and Democrats to pass those measures.”
Tenacious Hillary never fails to disappoint, just when you think she can’t go any lower, she”ll find a way. Between “I was under Bosnian sniper fire”, “John McCain and I pass the commander in chief threshold, and Obama only has a speech”, “FL/MI were not important until I needed the delegates” and the above mentioned examples, Clinton has given us pretty good reasons why she SHOULD NOT EVER be President, Vice President, or a Girl Scout troop leader. One ridiculous aspect of this whole situation, is that the reasons she gave for staying the race DO NOT support her argument. Bill Clinton’s 1992 nomination was already a given, they were just playing out the clock and RFK was about a month in a half into the primary season, he had a long way to go, as opposed to this primary contest which is near the end.
Everyone knows the Clintons are word smiths and her repeated RFK comments were not accidental. She probably wanted to subliminally remind the public that Obama is the “black candidate” and that he is at a higher risk for harm SO SHE IS THE BETTER CANDIDATE…at least that is my take. Or at the very least, she gave us a clue as to where she is hanging her hopes.
Here is Keith Olbermann’s take on the whole fiasco. Thank God, the left has someone in the media to speak honestly and loudly. KO also has other special comments about Bush’s War and Hillary Clinton “scorched earth” campaign.