Would You Like Some Water To Wash Down That Foot, Hillary?

Hillary Clinton in S.D., May 23, 2008

Hillary Clinton apologized for any offense her remarks about Robert Kennedy’s assassination might have caused. We don’t know what got into her yesterday – did the devil make her say it? – maybe the Hill just wasn’t feeling well. Come to think of it, she does look a bit feverish. (AP photo)

OPEN MOUTH, INSERT FOOT

While on the campaign trail in South Dakota yesterday, Senator Hillary Clinton apparently contracted a bad case of foot-in-mouth disease.

Citing historical examples of Democratic candidates who fought for the nomination well into June – including that of her own husband in 1992 – Clinton then tripped over her own tongue, igniting a worldwide firestorm of controversy by bringing up the 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy:

The comments came in a meeting Mrs Clinton was having with the editorial board of the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader newspaper.

Responding to those who had called on her to withdraw from the Democratic Party’s presidential race, Mrs Clinton said:

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

What I don’t understand is what Hillary Clinton was thinking when she blurted this one out. While I see where she’s going with this, and she is historically correct, her timing is positively Godawful.

With the 40th anniversary of the RFK assassination coming right up, Senator Ted Kennedy’s recent brain cancer diagnosis, and a Kennedy family already divided between Obama and Clinton, this seemed the absolute clumsiest thing a presidential candidate could utter — and at the worst possible time.

Observers say the remarks could be damaging if people were to interpret them as an indication that Mrs Clinton believes the assassination of her rival would benefit her campaign.

Yikes. Let’s not even go there.

The New York senator later apologized to the Kennedy family and expressed her regret at any offense her comments may have caused.

RFK JR.’S $.02

At least one member of the Kennedy family wasn’t offended by Senator Clinton’s remarks. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (who has endorsed Clinton for president) defended her in a telephone interview with the New York Times Friday evening.

“I’ve heard her make that argument before,” Mr. Kennedy said, speaking on his cell phone as he drove to the family compound in Hyannis for the holiday weekend. “It sounds like she was invoking a familiar historical circumstance in support of her argument for continuing her campaign.”

Mr. Kennedy said he has been traveling and had not seen the video or read Mrs. Clinton’s comments, but said his support of Mrs. Clinton has not wavered.

He added that the protracted fight for the Democratic nomination would only last “two more weeks.”

“The candidate’s going to emerge within the next two weeks, and the party will get behind them,” Mr. Kennedy said.

Late last evening, Kennedy also fired off a written statement through the Clinton campaign press office.

Bobby cautioned folks not to be offended at Clinton’s mention of his father’s assassination when discussing why she was staying in the race and how there was precedent for the primaries lasting until June.

“It is clear from the context that Hillary was invoking a familiar political circumstance in order to support her decision to stay in the race through June. I have heard her make this reference before, also citing her husband’s 1992 race, both of which were hard fought through June. I understand how highly charged the atmosphere is, but I think it is a mistake for people to take offense.”

After the uproar, Clinton came to the TV cameras to make a brief statement on her remarks. 

“Earlier today, I was discussing the Democratic primary history, and in the course of that discussion mentioned the campaigns that both my husband and Senator Kennedy waged in California in June in 1992 and 1968. And I was referencing those to make the point that we have had nomination, primary contests that go into June. That’s an historic fact. “

“The Kennedys have been much on my mind in the last days because of Senator Kennedy, and I regret that if my referencing that moment of trauma for our entire nation and particularly for the Kennedy family was in any way offensive. i certainly had no intention of that whatsoever.”

“My view is that we have to look to the past and to our leaders who have inspired us and give us a lot to live up to. And I’m honored to hold Senator Kennedy’s seat in the United States Senate from the state of New York, And have the highest regard for the entire Kennedy family. Thanks.”

And a big thanks to Senator Hillary Clinton for giving the Memorial Day weekend fill-in crew at every cable news channel plenty to pontificate on between now and Tuesday. Oh, brother…here we go again.

So turn off your tv sets, everyone. Don’t even bother watching for the next three days. Hell…go fishing. Go to the beach. Have a backyard barbecue or something and just enjoy a nice holiday. Try to ignore these campaign season distractions and instead remember America’s fallen. Think of all our troops currently stationed around the world. Send a care package to a soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan — and a prayer that God will keep them safe until our next president can finally bring our fighting men and women back home again!

 

 

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12 responses to “Would You Like Some Water To Wash Down That Foot, Hillary?

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  2. Jack Mosel

    OMG… Stop it. For G-D’S sake media… This is such a slam dunk in the face of the spin machine.

    The fact is Sen. Clinton was making a reference point to a memorable candidate’s Presidential bid, including her husbands’, which ran well into June in the primaries… She has been making this arguement for some time now… Blatently and consistently.

    Are the media THAT HARD UP for something to dig their teeth into? They only have to look as far as the the end of their nose on their face to find something really informative and juicy to provide info-tainment…

    LIKE howabout…

    Karl Rove being subpoena’d by Congress ?!!! Threatened to be held in a jail cell under the congress till the next congress convenes! I actually ordered Chinese food (to celebrate) when I saw this on yahoo’s front page Thursday buried of course, below some American Idol shit, that appeared above this story (amazing)… I watched the news that evening and damned if CNN and MSNBC and even FOX didn’t even bring it up, just more diatribe and dribble from pundants and puffed up self-indulgent, self-appointed, hypocrates or resident experts who give us nothing but pork rinds and mayonaise and cheese sandwiches, with a side of an americana soggy pickle and oily chips for our daily intake of crap to keep us running…

    There is so much that is really wrong and really criminal these days in government… why do you think a CHANGE platform has 85% general approval in the overall American appeal? Change is needed in the media as well! How about some real news? How about some real adult facts? How about some real journalism? How about some pride in the U.S. by not spinning everything to one party or another… OH.. WE CAN HANDLE THE TRUTH… WE’RE STARVING FOR IT! AND WE’LL GET IT ELSEWHERE THANK YOU…

    How about reporting on crimes committed by this administration that tear at the very flesh of our Constitution! How Karl Rove, a man who wasn’t elected by me or anyone reading this, can act on your and my behalf (unilaterally) with no accountability, no public dialog and no one, I mean no one to answer to (period) in acting as our Presidents hand and weilding a machette to lop off the heads of no less than 50 of our Supreme Court Justices or to manipulate, fabricate, sanction and carry out the arrest and political assasination of an Alabama Governor?! As if these CRIMES weren’t audacious enough and a real slap to your face and mine… This BAFOON JOKE of a cartoon character idiot’s brain, has the non-shit stinking attitude of defiance and true elitism to shun our federal legislators, in mocking our judicial system by refusing to show up for testimony to answer these criminal charges!!! Yet, the clown faced boy has the audacity to insult us on live TV on the FOX network and they give him his own show and national media audience to propogandize us with NAZI FASCISM to our face… WHERE DID THIS CREEP BECOME OUR OR ANYONE’S IDOL??? F*CK HIM!

    Do I need to mention Valerie Plame???!

    Our media is not serving us well at all… We should boycott the F*cking papers and Television, and take our information from these blogs. I get more clear information and more in-depth unbiased and factual reporting from the net, than at anytime in my life!!! As compared to what… “Fair and balanced”??? “Fact Checked”??? “Corroberated quotes”??? that are given from CNN, MSNBC or worse… The “Product” of NAZI and FASCIST propoganda The FOX Network… Who is guarding the Hen-house… I get exempliarary reporting and more facts from the net to be honest with you. I get to read RFK,Jr. and I get to understand who is and who isn’t governing with my/our best interests in mind.

    OUR MEDIA SUCKS…
    KARL ROVE SUCKS!!!

    Keep eating this Mayonaise sandwich we’re being handed… We’ll have Karl Rove and Jeb Bush for our next President.

    Yeah… I’ll believe Sen. Clinton said she’s staying in this ’cause Sen. Obama’s gonna get assasinated… anything you say. How about that koolaid too to wash down this great sandwich!

    Let’s Roll

  3. sylvia lee

    Mr. Kennedy
    . ..it was bad enough the insensitive comments of Mrs. Clinton and the lame excuse to continue her divisiveness
    . ..but on the heels of that for you to put out a statement that the remark was just an example of a timeline???!!!!WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Let me say to you Mr. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. . ..maybe you can fluff this off as a timeline issue . ..but for those of us who lived through the Assassinations of both your father, uncle, Martin Luther King, Malcolm . . .WE TOOK GREAT OFFENSE!!!!!!!!!!!and are appalled that she would bring in such a sad event in an already exhaustive campaign. . .and for you to minimize, rationalize, and defend this . ..you should be ashamed of yourself!!!!!!

  4. Allison

    My take on “Assassingate”:

    While I’m not a fan of Hillary Clinton, I think the liberal blogosphere is getting carried away with this one. Look at some of the comments at HuffPo. Hillary wants Obama assassinated so she can get the nomination! Some of them even bring up Vince Foster and Ron Brown and the Clintons’ supposed tendency to dispose of people. Give me a break!

    She actually meant that both Bill Clinton and Robert Kennedy stayed in the race through June.

    Yes, she chose her words poorly. After all, Obama may be our first black presidential candidate and some kook might try to harm him. The fortieth anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s assassination is coming up. And Ted Kennedy has a brain tumor. So Clinton definitely put her foot in her mouth.

    I hope Bobby Jr.’s loyalty and endorsement of Clinton doesn’t end up hurting his rep among progressives. I don’t care for Clinton but I still think highly of Bobby.

  5. James B.

    Mr. Kennedy,
    I applaud your committment to our country. You obviously care deeply about the deception and lies that threaten our country and our planet. The MSM doesn’t cover these critical issues, so thank you for your investigative reporting. It is obvious we need change at the highest levels of our government. I guess you know where I am going next – Your support of Senator Clinton and excuses for her comments, today and during the campaign, are baffling. Someone as intelligent and patriotic as you must be able to see through the blind ambition and hypocracy that is Hillary Clinton.

  6. Patriot

    From Joseph Cannon’s blog:

    NOW THEY’RE GOING AFTER RFK JR!

    RFK Jr. has said that he did not take Hillary’s comments amiss. So now the Obamabots are going after him — just as they went after Paul Krugman, Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame!

    Nobody would ever make death threats while speaking privately to a group of newspaper editors. Yet O-Bots believe that Hillary did just that.

    Obama-mania — like McCarthyism, Fascism, Bolshevism and the Inquisition — is a form of cultural psychosis. I have come to believe that many Obama supporters are mentally ill. I mean that, and will not retract it. Every time I visit the O-blogs, I hear in my imagination Bernard Herrmann’s famous passage for strings: SHRIEK shriek shriek shriek SHRACK shrack shrack shrack…

    Note: I’ve just been informed that Keith Olbermann, who recently called for Hillary’s murder or incapacitation, has spent five minutes claiming that Hillary tried to incite violence. Keith, see a shrink.

    http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2008/05/now-theyre-going-after-rfk-jr.html

  7. Winner

    Robert Kennedy Jr. – Hillary is advocating the assassination of Obama like your father – will you not renounce this hideous criminal pretending to be a Democrat?!

  8. KAT

    Hillary: Why I Continue To Run

    This past Friday, during a meeting with a newspaper editorial board, I was asked about whether I was going to continue in the presidential race.

    I made clear that I was – and that I thought the urgency to end the 2008 primary process was unprecedented. I pointed out, as I have before, that both my husband’s primary campaign, and Sen. Robert Kennedy’s, had continued into June.

    Almost immediately, some took my comments entirely out of context and interpreted them to mean something completely different – and completely unthinkable.

    I want to set the record straight: I was making the simple point that given our history, the length of this year’s primary contest is nothing unusual. Both the executive editor of the newspaper where I made the remarks, and Sen. Kennedy’s son, Bobby Kennedy Jr., put out statements confirming that this was the clear meaning of my remarks. Bobby stated, “I understand how highly charged the atmosphere is, but I think it is a mistake for people to take offense.”

    I realize that any reference to that traumatic moment for our nation can be deeply painful – particularly for members of the Kennedy family, who have been in my heart and prayers over this past week. And I expressed regret right away for any pain I caused.

    But I was deeply dismayed and disturbed that my comment would be construed in a way that flies in the face of everything I stand for – and everything I am fighting for in this election.

    http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/05/25/why-we-continue-hillary-and-me/#more-2698

  9. Hey Jack – I know, the Karl Rove story should have been the #1 top story on every news outlet in the land this week. And what did we get instead? Four days of Assassingate. All weekend long.

    Oh, brother…ah, but what should we expect from the parrotheads in the lamestream media?

    Seems like here lately, anytime I post or quote any Kennedy-related story from the MSM, I wind up spending half of my time RE-EDITING content from the NY Times, ABC, CBS, NBC, Boston Globe, CNN…you know, basic stuff… like punctuation and grammar. Correcting small facts — sometimes correcting massive mistakes.

    For cryin’ out loud, don’t they have copy editors at these illustrious institutions of journalism? And if so, what do these people do all day while drawing a salary?

    Sheesh. Leave it to those in the blogosphere to make sure the mainstream media knows how to spell and do a little research. Drives me nuts, I tell `ya…I’ve got better things to do than to sit here editing the MSM’s “goofs” all day long….

    As you know, this blog (and RFK Jr.’s own blog at Huff Po) have lately become more of a media critique’ soapbox where we just have to vent our frustrations with the more-often-than-not worthless MSM. You’re right, Jack – the blogosphere *does* do a better job of reporting the news these days. And why is that?

    One reason is that many longtime journalists have left the mainstream media and chosen to start their own blogs or websites. After spending 20 years of my life in MSM newsrooms, I made the same choice – simply because I craved the freedom of being able to write what I wanted, when I wanted, on my own deadline schedule, and would no longer have to deal with some of the bonehead editors who so often dominate the corporate media world.

    So what it boils down to is that you’ve now got some of the most qualified, best-trained journalists and editors giving up fat salaries and benefit packages with the MSM to go Gonzo on the net. For my money, the freedom to self-publish is far more valuable, especially in this age of such blatant censorship of stories “our sponsors” might not particularly like. This is the #1 reason most important stories go unreported by the MSM.

    BTW, if you think we gave ABC News hell a couple of weeks ago for their Wonder Blunder” (not knowing JFK from RFK…thinking RFK Jr. was somehow the son of JFK…boggles the mind!), just wait until you see the story we’ve got scheduled for June 8.

    Pardon my rant there…back on topic. Assassingate.

    While I understand where people like Sylvia Lee are coming from when they ask, “how could anyone who lived through that traumatic summer of `68 NOT be offended by Sen. Clinton’s remarks about RFK?” — please remember that RFK Jr. lived through it too. In the most personal and heartbreaking way.

    He was 14 years old at the time of his father’s murder, old enough to understand and to have deep, lasting scars…

    So let’s not be so quick to attribute his defense of Hillary Clinton’s ill-timed comments to political ambition or some other sinister motive. Maybe the reason he said he wasn’t offended is because, …well…he’s not offended?

    Makes sense to me.

  10. Mag

    Yup- Robert Jr should have held off for a couple of days before saying anything.

    No one believes she wishes OB any harm but it was still really bad judgment and just plain dimwitted to make such a comment.

    Loyalty is one thing, but shooting yourself in the foot is another. She’ll go right back to the Senate in NY anyway, even if he thought about trying to run for the seat that won’t happen now.

  11. Jack Mosel

    Thanks New Frontier and I’m sure blogging in and untethered, unrestricted environment is very rewarding. I too share that sense of freedom to cast my brand of bread (sanity), on the waters in an environment which offers slightly more validation than screaming in my car alone! or at the cat…

    There’s a freekish lunatic fringe that is ‘out there’ affecting all of us. Sooner or later, we’ll realize that we spent a whole lot of time tearing each other to shredds and the real criminals got away with all our loot… laughing at us.

    We are a nation that is so divided and so damaged on so many fronts right now that there is scarcely a day that doesn’t go by that the shock and awe campaign to free us of our minds doesn’t add to the now deafening ‘sucking sound’ (Thanx Ross Perot).

    I wonder… Why is it that there is a shit-storm whipped up and a media frenzy when Hillary or Obama gaffs… and when say a President quotes Hitler in a speech that dedicates the resolve of our country to stamping out “Terror” doesn’t even get a whimper a nod or a notice… Loose Change picked it up. That’s how I found out.. Why is it that absolute outrage and everything the media has at its’ arsenal isn’t used to shame and cast aspersions on Karl Rove for being a criminal in the highest order (as evidenced by subpeona)…?
    I’m glad that RFK, Jr. is getting some attention at least in all of this… If we want a barometer as to how this gaff comment was meant, RFK,Jr’s opinion works for me… Maybe the MSM should ask him about more things of relevance these days, if he matters that much to them, maybe they’d find that the guy has much more to offer than just “being a Kennedy”. I still say we need a super hero these days…

    They don’t give press to super heroe’s like they used to…

    I’m glad to blog on a super hero’s website…

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