"I regret if my referencing of that moment of trauma for our entire country and particularly the Kennedy family was in any way offensive."—Sen. Hillary Clinton(Play video)
She’s a Yale trained attorney and a consummate political animal both attributes lend themselves to an above average skill with words.
She's a control freak that over prepares and has to be in control of every appearance and in control of every detail of her campaign.
Yet according to Jake Tapper, reporting for ABC news when interviewing before the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader's editorial board and when asked about calls for her to drop out, Clinton said, “This is part of an ongoing effort to end this before it’s over. I sure don’t think it’s over." She mentioned how non-frontrunners took their delegates to the convention in 1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992.
Suggesting that Obama's campaign has been the source of stories about a unity ticket with her as vice president, Clinton said, "people have been trying to push me out of this ever since Iowa."
Clinton was then asked if she doesn't think that those calling for the ticket are actually interested in uniting the party.
"I don’t because I’ve been around long enough," 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 don't understand it. And there's lots of speculation about why it is."
These words just may have ended Sen. Clinton’s run at the 2008 Democrat nomination for president. Two days after Sen. Clinton's comments a magazine placed Sen. Obama in the Crosshairs on front of their magazine.
Three things, if you are the candidate of experience the one who will be answering that phone call at 3am in the morning then please don’t trot out your surrogates to say that you speak thousands of words therefore you’re tired as justification for perhaps the most politically repugnant statement of the 2008 Presidential campaign.
Truly if that is it, you were tired Sen. Clinton then we have no assurance that if you are awaken in the early hours by a ringing phone you would say something appropriate.
Second, the question was why you remain in the race with Sen. Obama when it is apparent to everyone but you that you should get out.
Your answer was that you remain in the race with Sen. Obama because anything could happen. Like for instance even an assassination?
Let me ask then, the assassination of whom? There is only one answer Sen. Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama.
However, in your apology you mentioned the American people and the Kennedys but you failed to mention the one person that was directly impacted by your reference to assassination, Sen. Obama.
I think that was the worst slight of all! In addition to that, I’ve always been taught that if an apology had the word “if” in it, it wasn’t an apology at all.
Third, any student of politics knows that Governor Clinton wrapped up the Democratic nomination in March early April 1992 not mid June but coming from someone who can’t distinguish between sniper fire and poems and flowers given to you from a little girl on the airplane tarmac in Bosnia I’d chalk this point up to another of your delusions.
A lot of delusion going on this presidential campaign and it seems most of it is coming from the Clinton campaign and Clinton supporters.
What would you call campaigning as if Sen. Hillary Clinton is a civil rights champion for women who is qualified to be president based on her experience as first lady and two terms in the Senate if not delusional?
But she was right if she stayed in long enough something would happen only it just did Sen. Clinton you've assassinated your own campaign and you're in such a delusional state of denial that you don't even realize it.
What has happened is the candidate of experience just made a campaign ending gaffe and she’s too inexperienced to know it or accept it.
Or maybe she's too tired to realize it.
By the way Sen. Clinton claims that she ahead in the popular vote another delusion! By Sen. Clinton's count she's including the Florida and Michigan vote both where discounted by the DNC national rules committee, Sen. Clinton and all the other candidates because these states broke Party rules and had their primaries out of turn.
Everyone agreed even Sen. Clinton that the Florida and Michigan votes do not count. Sen. Obama is actually ahead in the popular vote Sen. Clinton!
To claim that she is ahead in the popular vote based on Florida and Michigan is wishful thinking in the least and almost as delusional as intimating that harm could come to your opponent just like in June 1968, just like it did to Bobby Kennedy!