Here’s why I will not vote in November, if Clinton somehow steals the nomination away from Obama.
“I don’t. Because again, I’ve been around long enough. You know, 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 just don’t understand it. You know, there’s lots of speculation about why it is. “
Thing is, this is NOT the first time she’s inferred to assassinations and her opponent. No wonder she’s secured the white-hick voting demographic. (incidentally, it’s the 40th anniversary of the Bobby Kennedy assassination next month — impeccable timing, Hill, bringing this event up after Teddy’s been diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this week)
Olbermann says it much more elegantly:
She actually said those words.
**Those** words, Senator?
You actually invoked the nightmare of political assassination.
You actually invoked the spectre of an inspirational leader, at the seeming moment of triumph, for himself and a battered nation yearning to breathe free, silenced forever.
You actually used the word “assassination” in the middle of a campaign with a loud undertone of racial hatred — and **gender** hatred — and **political** hatred.
You actually used the word “assassination” in a time when there is a fear, unspoken but vivid and terrible, that our again-troubled land and fractured political landscape might target a black man running for president.
Or a white man.
Or a white woman!
[…] We cannot forgive you this — not because it is crass and low and unfeeling and brutal.
**This** is **un**-forgivable, because this nation’s deepest shame, its most enduring horror, its most terrifying legacy, is political assassination.
Martin Luther King.
And, but for the grace of the universe or the luck of the draw, Reagan, Ford, Truman, Nixon, Andrew Jackson, both Roosevelts, even George Wallace.
The politics of this nation is steeped enough in blood, Senator Clinton, you cannot and must not invoke that imagery! Anywhere! At any time!
And 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.
This, Senator, is too much.
Because 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.
What he said.