Friday, May 23, 2008


From a blog on the website of the Argus Leader daily newspaper in South Dakota comes the transcript of the relevant portion of the interview its editorial board held this day, 5/23/08, with presidential contender Hillary Clinton. In response to a question about her determination to continue the race, Mrs. Clinton referred to the June, 1968 of Robert F. Kennedy, then vying for the Democratic nomination for president.

This is the most important job in the world. It’s the toughest job in the world. You should be willing to campaign for every vote. You should be willing to debate anytime, anywhere. I think it’s an interesting juxtaposition where we find ourselves and you know, I have been willing to do all of that during the entire process and people have been trying to push me out of this ever since Iowa and I find it¬¬-

EB: Why? Why?

I don’t know I don’t know I find it curious because it is unprecedented in history. I don’t understand it and between my opponent and his camp and some in the media, there has been this urgency to end this and you know historically that makes no sense, so I find it a bit of a mystery.

EB: You don’t buy the party unity argument?

I don’t, because again, I’ve been around long enough. You know my husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere around the middle of June

EB: June

We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. Um you know I just I don’t understand it. There’s lots of speculation about why it is.

The argument of those aghast at Clinton's remark seems to be that she was invoking the specter of an assassination of Barack Obama. Or at least that's what I've been hearing, though it makes no sense. None. Nowhere in her remarks did the New York senator refer to Senator Obama, or crazed gunmen, or anyone or anything else that would leave an objective person to conclude that she was suggesting that Obama might be assassinated. Perhaps there are individuals who already have concluded that white Americans are inherently racist and that inevitably one of them will take a shot at Obama. If true, I think this reveals more about their mindset than that of the candidate the Obamites still fear might steal the nomination from their uniquely flawed candidate.

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