Special Comment

Sometimes I find Keith Olbermann verbose and overbearing. But sometimes, he nails it. Tonight, for example:

“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.”

We cannot forgive you this — not because it is crass and low and unfeeling and brutal.

This is unforgivable, because this nation’s deepest shame, its most enduring horror, its most terrifying legacy, is political assassination.

Lincoln.

Garfield.

McKinley.

Kennedy.

Martin Luther King.

Robert Kennedy.

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.

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2 thoughts on “Special Comment

  1. I’ll agree that Clinton is exposing herself as a tasteless harpie, but I can think of more than one thing that strikes me as much more horrific than the offing of the odd politician here and there.

    Our most enduring horror includes the JFK assassination? Only if you include the Johnson Administration!

  2. I’d be willing to concede that slavery and it’s legacy (Jim Crow, segregation, etc.) is “our nation’s deepest shame” but political violence surely ranks very close by.

    When Sen. Obama came to Plainfield, I was struck by the simply massive show of force (which is to say nothing of the forces that were are work and couldn’t be seen) – hundreds of police officers from many agencies throughout central Indiana, dozens of Secret Service, agents from many other federal law enforcement organizations – I counted four bomb-sniffing dogs scouting, I’m sure, every corner of the facility. All this to say that there was a tremendous level of security just to see a man who may not ever be President of the United States. But all of it necessary because of the constant threat of violence that hangs over him because of the office he seeks.

    I’d also add that the Johnson administration was the sad result of Lincoln’s assassination. I’ve always wondered (vainly, I suppose) about how different Reconstruction could have been had Lincoln lived to preside over it. Alas, crazies with guns…..

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