Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Olbermann on Clinton's RFK Reference

Laying it on the line in vicious, filed-teeth mode as usual.

To not appreciate, immediately--to still not appreciate tonight--just what you have done is to reveal an incomprehension of the America you seek to lead ... A senator, a politician, a person who can let hang in mid-air the prospect that she might just be sticking around in part just in case the other guy gets shot has no business being, and no capacity to be, the President of the United States.


10 comments:

T said...

Who is this horrible commentator? (Yes, I live under a non-television-watching rock :-)

But seriously. Is it possible, just possible, that Bobby Kennedy's assassination is on her mind because she *fears* it (for herself or someone else), rather than having something "horrible" "lying behind that door" of her mind, as this dude is saying? And why, exactly, should RFK's assassination be unspeakable?

Well, anyway, I couldn't finish watching it. *Is* all the anger really necessary? *Is* Hillary the one threatening to divide the nation, or is it the press?

Rob said...

Here's the transcript.

Bringing up RFK's assassination isn't unspeakable in itself, but when you're running for president, you don't hint around that somebody might kill your opponent. You just don't. And HC is a smart, savvy woman and a skilled politician, and to suggest that's not what she's implying is disingenuous at best. If the situation were reversed, if Obama were running behind, and if he stated that he wasn't dropping out of the race on the off-chance that someone might gun HC down, how do you think that would play? Yeah, I'd say the anger is called for in this instance.

Here's the Wikipedia entry on Keith Olbermann. He's one of the good guys in the MSM, basically. His commentaries on the Bush administration will be historic documents of this era.

An Briosca Mor said...

Olbermann may be a good guy, but he's blowing it on this one. Clinton is not saying that she's hanging on in the race just on the off chance someone might whack Obama. It's a real stretch to go from what she said to get to that conclusion. True, she worded her comments very poorly, but it's clear that she's just reaching for examples of where the race has not been over until after the last primary. She came up with two instances where that happened, and mentioned them both: 1992 and 1968. She could have left it at that, but she had to go on and stick a comment on them, mentioning her husband in 1992 and RFK in 1968, both in a very matter-of-fact way, which is her style. She could have softened the RFK mention by saying "sadly, we all remember 1968" or something like that, but she didn't. She's done a lousy job of apologizing for this verbal gaffe (which is all it is), just as Obama did a lousy job apologizing for his wack job preacher.

Hillary Clinton, the woman who went on record bemoaning the existence of a vast right-wing conspiracy that is out to destroy her, just doesn't do innuendo. She's incapable of it.

Rob said...

If it were a one-time oopsie, I'd agree with you. But she's statements like this on at least four different occasions, and she couldn't possibly be unaware of how it would be taken. Damned if I know what she's thinking. Her crowing about her support among "hardworking white Americans" was bad enough.

An Briosca Mor said...

There was a great cartoon around the time of the WV primary that had Hillary saying, Stuart Smiley-like, I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and, doggone it, white people like me!

But enough of this discussion of a commentary from a guy who clearly should be out on a ledge somewhere. Did you know that you and Diana have been united again in this thread on Chiff and Fipple?

Rob said...

Yep. My legal team is working on it.

mike said...

I don't think HRC meant anything quite so sinister as it sounds; I do think she's more naive and tone-deaf than some Obama fans give her "credit" for; but in any case, her comments were not "presidential" and did not suggest that she's the one you want to answer the proverbial 3 a.m. phone call.

To be fair, Obama's response was just as alarming: basically he said c'mon, you can't take everything we say on the campaign trail so seriously. (And, for the record, I'm still presuming I'll vote for McKinney -- who, for those moved by such factors, is both African-American and female.)

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Re: Olbermann's "commentaries on the Bush administration will be historic documents of this era."

They're good, yes, but the definitive take on the Bush era seems to be the collection of essays by Terry Jones -- yes, that Terry Jones -- published under the title Terry Jones's War on the War On Terror. It is not particularly funny, though you can tell who's writing it. Wiseass, but he is very serious and, it turns out, very astute and thoughtful and contemptuous of all the right things.

T said...

What's the Chiff & Fipple thing? I can't make heads or tails of it, though perhaps that's the point....

An Briosca Mor said...

Tes, you must have hit the C&F thread after the photoshop wizard blacked out most of the picture, which originally was Rob and Diana playing whistles at RiRa. Only their whistles were replaced by those weird white things. As Diana said, creepy.

T said...

Yes, very creepy indeed! Who, and why, would do that? I guess it could be mildly funny if they were playing, say, rubber chickens, but--wtf?