Saturday, May 24, 2008

Sullivan on Clinton-RFK

When a nominal Clinton supporter like myself suddenly finds himself quoting noted anti-Clinton pundit Andrew Sullivan it is clear that many of us have reached our point of absolute Clinton-fatigue.

Since some seem unwilling to point out why this remark was more than unfortunate, it is worth remembering that we have the first black candidate for president. You only have to spend a few minutes talking with African-Americans about this campaign to discover that the fear that Obama could be assassinated is very much on their minds. It is in everyone's subconscious, especially Michelle Obama's. To refer to the June assassination of Bobby Kennedy in the context of reasons to stay in this interminable race against Barack Obama is therefore catastrophically inappropriate. Coming after her pitch for "white votes", it is reckless.

As for her argument that June primaries are nothing new, she is correct. But in no previous primary election did the voting start just after New Years' Day. The New Hampshire primary in 1968 was on March 12, two months later than this year. For June, therefore, read August. Yes, this season has gone on for ever. And for Senator Clinton, it has now obviously gone on too long.

She's been waiting for Obama to implode. Instead, she just has.

Does Hillary Clinton want Barack Obama assassinated? Of course not. I understand that she was referring to the calender. That though does not excuse in the slightest what she said. Yes, she's tired. Yes, she's stressed. These are the kind of things that a desperate candidate says while searching for any justification to remain in an unwinnable race. Taken as a continuance from her absurd comparisons to suffragists, Florida 2000 and present day Zimbabwe earlier in the week we can see just how far beyond reason the Clinton campaign is forced to go in order to justify continuing in this race. If this is what she has been reduced to then it is clear that she should dropout.

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