Why couldn't she have just said "Bobby Kennedy was still running for the nomination in June of 1968, so I should be allowed to continue"? Instead, she brings up the A-word. Why...what more did that comment add to her nominal argument of "I should continue to be in this race"?
By the way, Sen. Clinton, this isn't 1992...California voted weeks and weeks ago, not in June this time...This New York Times article actually suggests that Bill Clinton's primary race was effectively over in March 1992.
From Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish:
I saw the apology as well - an apology to the Kennedy family, I might note, not to Senator Obama. 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.
More opinion here from icebergslim on Daily Kos.
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Finally, Donna Brazile:
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