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Clinton regrets assassination remark - NO apology to Obama!

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Uploaded on May 23, 2008

I saw the 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...Senator Clinton, it has now obviously gone on too long. She's been waiting for Obama to implode. Instead, she just has.
http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com...
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Though she has now apologized for that very strange and tasteless comment to the Argus-Leader, this was not the first time she's said it. This from her interview with TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel, published March 6:

TIME: Can you envision a point at which--if the race stays this close--Democratic Party elders would step in and say, "This is now hurting the party and whoever will be the nominee in the fall"?
CLINTON: No, I really can't. I think people have short memories. Primary contests used to last a lot longer. We all remember the great tragedy of Bobby Kennedy being assassinated in June in L.A. My husband didn't wrap up the nomination in 1992 until June. Having a primary contest go through June is nothing particularly unusual.

Her excuse now is that the Kennedys have been "much on my mind these days" with the illness of Senator Edward Kennedy, but that doesn't explain what brought it to mind more than two months ago.
http://www.time-blog.com/swampland/20...
What's Worse? Clinton's Failure to Apologize for Iraq War Vote or Failure to Apologize to Obamas for Assassination Comment?
"Never say you're sorry" seems to be Hillary Clinton's motto.
She has still not apologized for voting to give George Bush the authority to go to war in Iraq. I'm not sure what's worse--If she voted for the Iraq War resolution honestly because she trusted George Bush to do the right thing, or she voted for the resolution dishonestly because she was afraid that doing otherwise would make her look weak and threaten a future presidential run. My guess is the latter. (As Bill Clinton has famously said, "it's better to be strong and wrong than weak and right". I suspect her vote was based on this political calculation. She never even bothered to read the National Intelligence Estimate that raised questions about whether Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Why bother if you don't care if you're wrong as long as you appear strong?) Her vote contributed to the death of over 4,000 American soldiers, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi's, 4 million more Iraqi's forced into internal or external exile, $2 trillion dollars added to America's national debt, and the decline of America's prestige in the world. Yet she still can't bring herself to apologize. That is a true travesty.

Now, whether out of political calculation or the darkness of her unconscious, Hillary justifies staying in the Presidential race, when she has virtually no chance of winning the nomination, by invoking the assassination of Robert Kennedy in June, 1968. And the best she can offer is a weak apology to anyone "who might have been offended" and a remark that with Ted Kennedy's brain tumor, the Kennedy family has been on her mind. Where is the apology to Barack Obama, to Michelle Obama, to 7-year old Natasha Obama, to 9-year old Malia Ann Obama, to the African American community still traumatized by the assassination of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and the fear that the same could happen to Barack Obama, to America still traumatized by those assassinations of Martin, Malcolm, John and Bobby?

Which is worse--voting to send America into an unnecessary war and her failure to apologize for her vote, or her invocation of political assassination as a reason to stay in the presidential race and her failure to really apologize for that?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/miles-m...

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