Hillary Clinton Plays the Victim Once Again

In a New York Daily News op-ed titled “Why I Continue To Run,” she tells us that her “Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in June” statement was “taken out of context“:

This past Friday, during a meeting with a newspaper editorial board, I was asked about whether I was going to continue in the presidential race.

I made clear that I was – and that I thought the urgency to end the 2008 primary process was unprecedented. I pointed out, as I have before, that both my husband’s primary campaign, and Sen. Robert Kennedy’s, had continued into June.

Almost immediately, some took my comments entirely out of context and interpreted them to mean something completely different – and completely unthinkable.

I want to set the record straight: I was making the simple point that given our history, the length of this year’s primary contest is nothing unusual. Both the executive editor of the newspaper where I made the remarks, and Sen. Kennedy’s son, Bobby Kennedy Jr., put out statements confirming that this was the clear meaning of my remarks. Bobby stated, “I understand how highly charged the atmosphere is, but I think it is a mistake for people to take offense.”

I realize that any reference to that traumatic moment for our nation can be deeply painful – particularly for members of the Kennedy family, who have been in my heart and prayers over this past week. And I expressed regret right away for any pain I caused.

But I was deeply dismayed and disturbed that my comment would be construed in a way that flies in the face of everything I stand for – and everything I am fighting for in this election.

Dishonest to the end. She did not “point out that both my husband’s primary campaign, and Sen. Robert Kennedy’s, had continued into June.” That is not what she said. What she said was this:

“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.”

And now, Sen. Clinton has the unmitigated gall to accuse Sen. Obama of causing the uproar over her words:

Mrs. Clinton wrote a long letter to The Daily News in New York, which was printed in the news pages and in which Mrs. Clinton said her remarks were taken entirely out of context.

And her aides said on Sunday that the campaign of Senator Barack Obama was partly responsible for fanning the flames.


Also on Sunday, Howard Wolfson, Mrs. Clinton’s spokesman, said that both the media and the Obama campaign had been fanning the flames.

The Obama campaign had sent an e-mail on Friday to reporters saying the remarks had no place in a presidential campaign. It was relying on a faulty online report in the New York Post that said Mrs. Clinton was “making an odd comparison between the dead candidate and Barack Obama.” By immediately jumping into the story, within a matter of minutes, the Obama campaign fed suggestions that Mrs. Clinton had somehow made a link between Mr. Obama and Mr. Kennedy’s death.

“The Obama campaign did put out a statement almost immediately condemning the remarks,” Mr. Wolfson said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “It was unfortunate and unnecessary, and in my opinion, inflammatory, for the Obama campaign to attack Senator Clinton on Friday for these remarks, without obviously knowing the full facts or context.”

In addition, the Obama campaign sent the entire political press corps the transcript of a searing commentary about Mrs. Clinton by Keith Olbermann on MSNBC.

Which they had every right to do, and good for them.

Just consider for a moment the mendaciousness required on Clinton’s part to charge the Obama campaign with ignoring context and fueling a media firestorm (h/t John Cole).

Here’s a good way to help your wife get the nomination: Whine for six minutes about how unfairly she is being treated:

Former President Bill Clinton in South Dakota today delivered a harsh critique of how his wife has been treated during her presidential bid, telling the crowd that he has “never seen a candidate treated so disrespectfully just for running,” and that, “she will win the general election if you nominate her. They’re just trying to make sure you don’t.”

Clinton spent more than six minutes calmly discussing what he called a “frantic effort to push her out” of this race, saying that no one asked Ted Kennedy, Jesse Jackson or Gary Hart to end their presidential campaigns early.

Clinton also spoke against bullying superdelegates to make up their minds, saying, “I cant believe it. It is just frantic the way they are trying to push and pressure and bully all these superdelegates to come out. ‘Oh, this is so terrible: The people they want her. Oh, this is so terrible: She is winning the general election, and he is not. Oh my goodness, we have to cover this up.'”


“If you vote for her and she does well in Montana and she does well in Puerto Rico, when this is over she will be ahead in the popular vote,” Clinton said. “And they’re trying to get her to cry uncle before the Democratic Party has to decide what to do in Florida and Michigan because they are claiming that it only takes 2029 votes on the first ballot to win, and it takes a lot more than that if you put Florida and Michigan back in. Well, they will have to unless we want to lose the election. I mean, look, so there is that that is going on.”


“She is winning the general election today and he is not, according to all the evidence,” Clinton said. “And I have never seen anything like it. I have never seen a candidate treated so disrespectfully just for running. Her only position was, “Look, if I lose I’ll be a good team player. We will all try to win but let’s let everybody vote and count every vote.'”

Clinton also strongly criticized the media, saying that ever since Iowa they have been against his wife, making him feel as though he was living in a “fun house.” As he concluded his thoughts on how this election has been handled, he again went back to the media’s choice of coverage.

“If you notice, there hasn’t been a lot of publicity on these polls I just told you about,” Clinton said. “It is the first time you’ve heard it? Why do you think that is? Why do you think? Don’t you think if the polls were the reverse and he was winning the electoral college against Sen. McCain and Hillary was losing it, it would be blasted on every television station? You would know it wouldn’t you? It wouldn’t be a little secret. And there is another Electoral College poll that I saw yesterday had her over 300 electoral votes, yeah. She will win the general election is you nominate her. They’re just trying to make sure you don’t.”

If, if, if. Who is “they”? If Clinton had not taken her nomination for granted before Super Tuesday, maybe “they” would nominate her. If she hadn’t allowed Mark Penn to wreak disaster on her campaign, maybe “they” would nominate her. If she hadn’t given the wink and nod to Geraldine Ferraro’s “Obama wouldn’t be where he is if he weren’t black” slur, maybe “they” would nominate her. If she hadn’t opined that “hard-working Americans — white Americans” supported her candidacy, maybe “they” would have nominated her. If she hadn’t lied about her role in Bosnia, if she hadn’t suggested that assassinations of presidential candidates could happen again in June as they had happened in June 40 years ago, maybe “they” would have nominated her.

But if those explanations don’t work for her and Bill, they can always fall back on the argument that the Democratic Party is full of misogynists who would rather vote for an African-American than for a woman. Except, of course, for those hard-working blue collar small-town real Americans — white Americans.

3 Responses to “Hillary Clinton Plays the Victim Once Again”

  1. It is actually rewarding, in a way, to see Clinton doing herself in, step by step, and falling back on this idea that she is somehow a victim. There is much in her which has been irrevocably revealed now; there is no turning back for her. Her character has shown itself, and it is hollow, and dank. There is an old Chinese maxim, “The words of a man who has lost his own standpoint are twisted.” Fits her to a Tee.

  2. julie says:

    I used to have alot of respect for her but not anymore. Imagine wishing your oponent death is the worst thing anybody can secretely want, it is dark and evil. You only kill if you are heartless and wicked, just for power.

    And then you play the victim card! l cannot believe this family! I think Hilary and Bill are twisted people, they lie and cheat to get their way and l wonder what message they are passing on to our kids.

  3. Manamongst Hussein says:

    Yes Susan you are right! This election is all about entitlement…it´s really not about black and white…though they (clintons) would like to put the paradigm into their old world politics. This banishment of the clintons has to be done to finally slay these drags on the democratic party. Their whole belief system must be vanquished… The DLC and this foolish constant loser political consultantship must never show their faces in town again. The question is, do the Clinton´s really realize how horrid they´ve been? How one week they can whine and say things like, ¨if you can´t stand the heat…get out of the kitchen¨…if said by Barack, would bring calls of misogyny. And they were the same people that called him a whiner…they simply don´t care about their level of hypocrsy at this point. They are simply relying on racist and idiots to put them over the top. In the end they are no better than the bubble boy himself…GW. You can certainly tell alot about a leader when times are tough…and time after time Hillary has shown that she is of dubious character.

    They aren´t even generating contributions from a grassroot level. This in itself is troubling because we don´t need the same selfish electorate that expects something for nothing…and have the attitude of ¨I´ve got mine you get yours¨. The deranged cat ladies, the 50+ y/o stepford wives and soccer moms who would never volunteer their time or put their money where their mouths are. They can only look at the groundswell of Obama and his supporters as koolaid sipping. This is a lack of respect for real work. Not the Hillary hard work…how many times has she said that she will work hard? From my experience, the people in life that are always claiming that they will or do work hard are the ones that don´t truely know what hard work is…


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