assassination is in the air

Hillary Clinton didn’t come right out and say it, but the implication was clear. She’s not staying in the race because there’s a chance of her beating Barack Obama when it comes to pledged delegates. She’s staying in the race because there’s a chance that Obama, like Robert F. Kennedy, may not live to see the Democratic convention. It’s a disgusting thought, but one that many of us have had. And now it’s out there on the table, part of the great American discourse. Maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe it’s cathartic. Maybe we, as a culture, need to talk about why it is that we fear another young, inspirational leader will be taken from us. I just wish that the American media was up to the task.

And before you tell me that they are, take a minute and watch this footage of Fox News analysts gleefully laughing at the prospect of Obama being assassinated.

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8 Comments

  1. Posted May 26, 2008 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    Is this another attempt to revive the OEC/Robert debate over RFK?

    Assassination is always in the air. I’m willing to bet that if we could see into the SS files that we’d find many attempts are thwarted for every president and most candidates.

  2. johnny C
    Posted May 27, 2008 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    This evening Robert Kennedy Jr. cautioned folks not to be offended at Clinton’s mention
    of his father’s assassination when citing precedent for the primaries lasting until June.

    In a statement, Kennedy Jr. said: “It is clear from the context that Hillary was invoking a familiar political circumstance in order to support her decision to stay in the race through June. I have heard her make this reference before, also citing her husband’s 1992 race, both of which were hard fought through June. I understand how highly charged the atmosphere is, but I think it is a mistake for people to take offense.”

    Fake outrage, lies and whinning make up the Obama wing of the “Democratic” party

  3. Meta
    Posted May 27, 2008 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    See also:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-bromwich/assassination-chatter-and_b_103619.html

  4. Ol' E Cross
    Posted May 27, 2008 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Adds a another layer to the discussion of Hillary for VP.

  5. mark
    Posted May 27, 2008 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think it’s fake outrage, Johnny. I think it’s real. As the super delegates line up behind Obama it becomes all the more clear that Hillary’s gamble is built not on hope but on tragedy. The only way she gets the nomination at this point is assassination or some horrific bombshell about Obama that sends his delegates scurrying for safety. Either way, it’s cynical, dark, and, in my opinion, not what our country really needs at the moment. We need hope of something better, not the promise of something even worse.

  6. Robert
    Posted May 29, 2008 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    I want to get a bumper sticker that says, “I’m supersticious and I vote.”

  7. Posted May 29, 2008 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    I guess my point is that people are supersticious. They seem to think it’s like that Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man scene in Ghostbusters. They’re worried they might conjure up the monster just by thinking about it.

  8. Robert
    Posted June 12, 2008 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Guns are old-school. Plane crashes and swift-boating are today’s preferred methods. Everyone can just feel like their candidate let them down, or that we were all just the victims of bad luck (again).

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