Friday, May 23, 2008

clinton crosses a sick line

Hillary Clinton has just shoved her foot in her mouth down to about her bowel. Asked by the Sioux Falls Argus Leader about dropping out, she said "My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don't understand it."

That is simply sick. Look we've all heard the speculation about whether a black candidate like Barack Obama would be more at risk of assassination than a white male candidate like McCain or Gore or Bob Dole. Some will read this as practically an invitation from Hillary Clinton to take out Obama and clear the path for her.

I don't believe she MEANT it to sound that way. But NO presidential candidate should ever flag "assassination" as a factor in staying in the race. It is sick. It is stupid. It sounds threatening. And to be honest, it is one thing that ALL major candidates should share - concern over some nutjob taking a shot at a presidential candidate. Like what happened to Bobby Kennedy. Or George Wallace.

It also looks like a pretty damn sure acknowledgement that Clinton can only win if Obama dies or is abducted by Martians.

At this point, Clinton is reduced to self-parody. It is stupid to remain in the race now, and I don't say that because I hate women, Marie Cocco - I'd tell Obama the same damn thing, or John Edwards or Bill Richardson or Joe Biden, if Clinton were in Obama's position now.

And if in her heart of hearts she knows she can only win if something bad happens to Obama, she should also realize that she doesn't have to remain an active candidate to cash in on such misfortune. Suspend the campaign, keep the delegates. If Obama decides to move to Cambodia and become a Buddhist monk, Clinton becomes the frontrunner.

And by suspending her campaign, she would give us all more time to forget the stupid and offensive things she has said in her desperate attempt to stay afloat electorally.

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