Who is making the most out of it?
Okay, I understand that if your candidate is behind, and a minor scandal comes along that makes people notice you, then you will try to portray yourself as the victim and try to get as much traction out of it as you can.
Hillary gets a little careless in a statement concerning the reason why she is staying in the primary against all odds of winning. She points out that the RFK assassination took place in June, and there hadn’t been a clear winner then either.
The Obama campaign, sensitive to the very real possibility of assassination of their candidate,interprets thestatement as being a veiled prediction that maybe Barack Obama might get assassinated, so she is sticking around just in case.
Keith Olbermann makes the issue part of his nightly rant, and Obama supporters spread Olbermann’s rant throughout the InterTubes.
Hillary makes the following statement, understanding that she made a serious gaffe:
“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.”
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr, — a Clinton supporter — comes forward and says that she didn’t mean it that way.
Barack Obama comes forward and says that he knows how hectic campaigning is, and it is easy to get careless and say something that you didn’t mean. Obama gives her the benefit of the doubt.
It should be water under the bridge, a dead story, move on, nothing to see here.
Now the Clinton camp is stoking the fire by accusing the Obama camp of fanning the flames.
“The Obama campaign … tried to take these words out of context,” Clinton campaign chairman Terence R. McAuliffe said on “Fox News Sunday.” “She was making a point merely about the time line.”
Yes, you gas bag. We got the point — way back when. She said, he said, they said. It should be over now. Why are we still talking about all of this?
Obama senior strategist David Axelrod dodged questions about why the campaign was still circulating commentaries criticizing Clinton even after suggesting it wants to move beyond the controversy.
“We’re beyond that issue now, so certainly we’re not trying to stir the issue up,” Axelrod said.
Dodged a question like, “When did you stop beating your wife?” We know that they originally started circulating commentaries — the Clinton campaign would have done the same thing. But I have serious doubts that the campaign would continue to circulate them after their candidate came out to say he thought is was all a big mistake.
Besides, strategically, it benefits the Obama camp to let it die quickly and not give the Clinton camp something to hold on to. In short, the less publicity, the better.
Asked if Clinton has personally called Obama to apologize for the reference, McAuliffe said she has not, “nor should she.” He added, “Let’s be clear. This had nothing to with Senator Obama or his campaign.”
And he’s right, it isn’t important any more — so why keep harping on it?