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Hillary’s foot-in-mouth moment: Will Bobby Kennedy assassination remarks be the final nail? Update: “Regrets”

By Michelle Malkin  •  May 23, 2008 04:36 PM

Stick a fork in her. She may, at long last, be done.

Or will she? I’ll put up a poll, but first, here are the reports of her Bobby Kennedy allusion in an Argus Leader editorial board meeting this afternoon. Spreading like wildfire:


“Hillary Clinton today brought up the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy while defending her decision to stay in the race against Barack Obama. ‘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. I don’t understand it,’ she said, dismissing calls to drop out.”

“Clinton made her comments at a meeting with the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader’s editorial board while campaigning in South Dakota, where she complained that, ‘People have been trying to push me out of this ever since Iowa.'”

Obama spokesman Bill Burton responded to Clinton’s remarks. “Senator Clinton’s statement before the Argus Leader editorial board was unfortunate and has no place in this campaign.”


NBC/NJ’s Mike Memoli notes that Clinton said something similar the day after the Indiana and North Carolina primaries. “Sometimes you gotta calm people down a little bit. But if you look at successful presidential campaigns, my husband did not get the nomination until June of 1992,” she said. “I remember tragically when Senator Kennedy won California near the end of that process.”

In fact, the specter of assassination was first raised in this campaign on January 8, when a Clinton introducer, a retired teacher from New Hampshire, brought it up before Clinton spoke. “If you look back, some people have been comparing one of the other candidates to JFK, and he was a wonderful leader. He gave us a lot of hope,” the retired teacher said. “But he was assassinated, and Lyndon Baines Johnson actually did all of his work and got both the Republicans and Democrats to pass those measures.”


The Clinton camp explained, “She was simply referencing her husband in 1992 and Bobby Kennedy in 1968 as historic examples of the nominating process going well into the summer. Any reading into beyond that would be inaccurate.”

Hot Air’s Allahpundit links to a video snippet of the remarks. “Exit question: Will the number of Democrats who want her out of the race still be in decline after this?”


OK, weigh in:

Is Hillary cooked yet?
She’s definitely burnt toast.
Nah. No biggie.
Hillary who?
Leave her alone, you sexist pig!
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Commenter John A.: “Hillary and Huckabee sitting in at treeā€¦”


Update: She regrets it. For once, I believe her:

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton quickly apologized Friday after citing the June 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in defending her decision to keep running for the Democratic presidential nomination despite increasingly long odds.

“I regret that if my referencing that moment of trauma for our entire nation and in particular the Kennedy family was in any way offensive. I certainly had no intention of that whatsoever,” the former first lady said.

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