The overdone politics of violence
by SevenStrings, Fri May 23, 2008 at 01:23:09 PM EDT
There is now a frontpage diary, along with a recommended diary referencing the politics of violence, wherein Sen. Clinton's following quote is analyzed
HRC: ... You know, I have been willing to do all of that during the entire process, and people have been trying to push me out of this ever since --
HRC: I don't know, I don't know. I find it curious, because it is unheard of in history. I don't understand it. And you know, between my opponent and his camp and some in the media, there has been this urgency to end this. And, you know, historically that makes no sense. So, I find it a bit of a mystery.
Q: You don't buy the party unity argument?
HRC: I don't. Because, again, I've been around long enough - you know, 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, and, you know, there's a lot of speculation about why it is. But --
Q: What's your speculation?
HRC: You know, I don't know. I find it curious. And I don't want to attribute motives or strategies to people who I don't really know ...
Many commenters are jumping to the conclusion that Sen. Clinton is asking for, or hoping for Sen. Obama to be assassinated... or something along those lines.
Those who are drawing that conclusion need to take a deep breath. You will (in all likelihood) be ashamed of yourself in a few days. First, she has clearly not called for anyone to be assassinated. Second, she either has, or will soon enough clarify/amplify her remarks to explain what she really meant (I have not checked whether she has, but I have no doubt that she will).
And I have no doubt as to what she meant: that Sen. Kennedy's campaign was still being waged in June.
Those who habitually assume the worst of your political opponents should take a deep breath. The politics of hope is not about assuming the worst in every human being you encounter
Thanks to Canadian Gal (next diary, after mine), we have the following statement from her:
"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 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 a historic fact. The Kennedys have been much on my mind 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."