5.23.2008

Clinton, you invoked a political nightmare

Keith Olbermann's Special Comment:

Referencing RFK's assassination as a reason for staying in the race is unforgivable.



Excerpt:

God knows, Senator, in this campaign, this nation has had to forgive you, early and often...

And despite your now traditional position of the offended victim, the nation has forgiven you.

We have forgiven you your insistence that there have been widespread calls for you to end your campaign, when such calls had been few.

We have forgiven you your misspeaking about Martin Luther King's relative importance to the Civil Rights movement.

We have forgiven you your misspeaking about your under-fire landing in Bosnia.

We have forgiven you insisting Michigan's vote wouldn't count and then claiming those who would not count it were Un-Democratic.

We have forgiven you pledging to not campaign in Florida and thus disenfranchise voters there, and then claim those who stuck to those rules were as wrong as those who defended slavery or denied women the vote.

We have forgiven you the photos of Osama Bin Laden in an anti-Obama ad...

We have forgiven you fawning over the fairness of Fox News while they were still calling you a murderer.

We have forgiven you accepting Richard Mellon Scaife's endorsement and then laughing as you described his "deathbed conversion."

We have forgiven you quoting the electoral predictions of Boss Karl Rove.

We have forgiven you the 3 a.m. Phone Call commercial.

We have forgiven you President Clinton's disparaging comparison of the Obama candidacy to Jesse Jackson's.

We have forgiven you Geraldine Ferraro's national radio interview suggesting Obama would not still be in the race had he been a white man.

We have forgiven you the dozen changing metrics and the endless self-contradictions of your insistence that your nomination is mathematically probable rather than a statistical impossibility.

We have forgiven you your declaration of some primary states as counting and some as not.

We have forgiven you exploiting Jeremiah Wright in front of the editorial board of the lunatic-fringe Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

We have forgiven you exploiting William Ayers in front of the debate on ABC.

We have forgiven you for boasting of your "support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans"...

We have even forgiven you repeatedly praising Senator McCain at Senator Obama's expense, and your own expense, and the Democratic ticket's expense.

But Senator, we cannot forgive you this.

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NWTerriD says there is one way for her to be forgiven, while saving her career in the process:

Here is how you salvage a political career after a remark like that:

Earlier today I made a reprehensible error. I have called this press conference because I recognize the scope of that error, I take full responsibility for it, and although I understand that the damage I did cannot be fully undone, I want to do everything I can to remedy as much of it as possible.

As all of you know, in explaining why I did not feel that I should be pressured to drop out of the primary race, I stated that in 1992 my husband did not clinch the nomination until June. I then, much to my regret, went on to state, "We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California."

This statement was inexcusable for several reasons. First, it showed a shocking level of insensitivity to my friend Sen. Ted Kennedy and to the Kennedy family, in light of the newest family tragedy that they are facing. I offer to the Kennedy family, and particularly to Sen. Kennedy, my heartfelt apology for my appalling insensitivity. I ask for your forgiveness.

Second, it trivialized another tragedy suffered by the Kenndys and by this nation 40 years ago. By mentioning Sen. Bobby Kennedy's assasination as simply part of a laundry list of reasons for me to remain in a longshot campaign, my statement robbed that nightmare of the seriousness with which it should forever be regarded by all Americans. To my nation, and to the family who produced, and lost, two of the shining lights of our political history, I am deeply sorry for my disgraceful lack of respect. I ask for your forgiveness.

Third, my statement -- especially in conjunction with other statements that have stained my primary campaign -- reflects a cavalier indifference to the generations of racial hatred and persecution suffered by the descendants of slaves in this country, even after our laws declared them free and equal. For me to make any reference to "assassination" in a primary contest involving the first African-American with a real chance at becoming President of this country was unacceptable. To the entire African-American community, I am deeply sorry for the pain my statement, and previous racially disparaging comments from my campaign, have undoubtedly caused you. I ask for your forgiveness.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, although I did not intend it as such, I now realize that my statement was heard by many as a chilling expression of acceptance of, or even hope for, harm to be inflicted on Senator Barack Obama. I have said in the past that I have the greatest respect for Senator Obama. While some of my actions have brought that assertion into question, I want to take the opportunity today to say that Senator Obama is a brilliant and capable leader who has not only earned my respect, he has earned the right to represent the Democratic Party this November in the election for the Presidency of the United States.

Therefore, at this time I hereby not only express to Senator Obama how deeply sorry I am for my statement today, and not only ask for his forgiveness, I also hereby concede the nomination and pledge that I, and my husband, will do everything in our power to ensure that he is elected President of the United States this November. And I urge all of my supporters in every state and every region of this great nation to join us in fighting that good fight.

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