Baseball Crank
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May 23, 2008
POLITICS: Will No One Rid Me Of This Meddlesome Freshman Senator?

She didn't go there, did she? Oh, yes she did:

Responding to a question from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader editorial board about calls for her to drop out of the race, 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. You know I just, I don't understand it," she said, dismissing the idea of abandoning the race.

Clinton said she didn't understand why, given this history, some Democrats were calling for her to quit.

An immediate apology followed. But you know, some things are hard to un-say. It was one thing when Mike Huckabee made a similarly ill-advised joke about somebody pointing a gun at Obama; while that was illustrative of how you never quite know what's coming out of Huck's mouth next, at least he, unlike Hillary, isn't in a position to directly benefit if something bad happened to Obama.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 10:33 PM | Politics 2008 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

I don't think she literally meant "I'm hanging around just in case Obama is assassinated," although the sentence is poorly composed.

However, it's still silly to argue "it wasn't over in June 1992 and it wasn't over in June 1968, so why should it be over now?" We have our primaries earlier today than we did in 1968, and there were three strong candidates that year (Humphrey, McCarthy, Kennedy.) In 1992 Clinton didn't sew it up until the June California primary because one of his main opponents, Jerry Brown, was a Californian and expected to do well there. Obama is much closer to the nomination now than Clinton was in 1992 or Humphrey was in 1968, so the historical references are pointless.

Posted by: Chris at May 24, 2008 12:06 PM
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