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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

 
Hillary Smeared

When I first heard the audio transcripts of the now-famous RFK quote, my impression was that she was identifying herself with Bobby Kennedy. Then all this hubbub about an alleged subliminal "I have to stay in the race cuz Obama might get shot" message broke out. I heard her quote a few more times, and stuck with my first impression. Hillary was slandered - and Rich Lowry of National Review, for one, agrees.

Why did she mention the assassination? Without a Vulcan mind meld one can't be sure, but the most logical explanation is this: when talking about someone, it's not uncommon to blurt out the first thing everybody thinks about when hearing that name. Bobby Kennedy is most famous for getting shot.

How did people manage to misinterpret Hillary's statement? Perhaps part of the reason is that paranoia about the possibility of an Obama assassination had already been aired before on at least two occasions - one my Michelle Obama herself. After floating around for some time, the meme is triggered at the first mention of a political assassination.

But how could they miss the context? Keep in mind that the slanderers tend to be Obama supporters, or leftists in general. Many of these people think "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms" is talking about a right of states and not a right of people.

The "I have to stay in the race cuz Obama might get shot" interpretation doesn't even make sense. You think if Hillary dropped out of the race and Obama were killed sometime before the convention that Edwards would un-suspend his campaign, and claim the nomination with his seven electoral votes?

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