It took a couple of reads to absorb and figger out what was so offensive here. But I got there eventually. It reminds me of a comment I made on another blog, that the best hope for conservatism was a conservative VP, a McCain victory, and a heart attack. To clarify, it's not something I would want to see happen, but if it did....
The former first lady made the original comments during an interview with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader editorial board, as she attempted to deflect calls for her to bow out of the race.“My husband didn’t wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June,” she said. “We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don’t understand it.”
Obama spokesman Bill Burton said the remark “was unfortunate and has no place in this campaign.”
Clinton later addressed the comment, saying “I regret that if my referencing that moment of trauma for our entire nation and particularly for the Kennedy family was in any way offensive — I certainly had no intention of that whatsoever.”
So, here's the question of the day for all of you to ponder: Why is every statement made in politics immediately analyzed for who it might offend?
There's many things that contribute to this. First of all, it's standard politics. Find a statement you think makes your opponent look bad and shamelessly exploit it like a 6-year-old who just learned the name song (Let's do Buck: Buck, buck, bo, buck......).
Also, part of the issue is that there are way too many talking heads trying to fill an assload of space since the first of the year (Ironically, that includes me as well). One of the weaknesses of the information age is that we went from trying to fill a limited number of papers and magazines, about an hour of news shows (local and national) and a couple of radio minutes to the same amount of papers and magazines, 24 hour news channels, more news/talk radio stations, AND the virtually unlimited amount of space (print, podcast, and video) on the unlimited and unfiltered internet (again, note the irony).
But in the end, it comes down to the simple fact that people are hypersensitive, seeking something that offends them in every statement ever uttered by anyone remotely near anyone who might have worked for someone that once was temporarily working for an assistant to someone who married someone who was a staffer on any potential candidate for the presidency (I know, excessive, but you get the point and the joke (as in I love well constructed run-ons (and parentheses (ok, enough, right?)))).
All the candidates have exhibited it. McCain's worst was his whining about the North Carolina ad. Hillary, has played the vag card, whining sexism through her surrogates. And Obama? The list of shit he's hypersensitive about is endless: Ears, Michelle, J Wright, race, liberalism, and so on, and so forth.
So let's stop the whining and figure out what the candidates will do rather than the blather tat passes for their political speech. After all, Politicians Say the Darndest Things.