Are you fucked in the head?
[Since zombie lies never die, I'm updating to include:
Please watch the video of Hillary's comment regarding Robert F. Kennedy's assassination.
Do you think she's intimating something ominous about Barack Obama?
If you answered "yes," you might want to consult with a medical professional, to see if you're fucked in the head.
It will show how fucked-in-the-head you are, measured by how much evidence contradictory to your fucked-up perception your fucked-up head chooses to ignore.
1. Read the transcript:
HRC: This is the most important job in the world. It’s the toughest job in the world. You should be willing to campaign for every vote. You should be willing to debate anytime, anywhere. I think it’s an interesting juxtaposition where we find ourselves and you know, I have been willing to do all of that during the entire process and people have been trying to push me out of this ever since Iowa and I find it--
Argus Leader Editorial Board: Why? Why?
HRC: I don’t know I don’t know I find it curious because it is unprecedented in history. I don’t understand it and between my opponent and his camp and some in the media, there has been this urgency to end this and you know historically that makes no sense, so I find it a bit of a mystery.
EB: You don’t buy the party unity argument?
HRC: I don’t, because again, I’ve been around long enough. You know my husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere around the middle of June
HRC: We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. Um you know I just I don’t understand it. There’s lots of speculation about why it is.
2. Read the postmortem at Politico, the conservative e-mag that fed the early stages of the frenzy, after reporter Jonathan Martin caught wind that Hillary had said something about it still being May and RFK being shot in June:
I urged Martin to keep his foot on the gas: Be the first to post reaction from the Obama campaign. Obama spokesman Bill Burton quickly obliged, denouncing Clinton’s comments and saying such sentiments have “no place in this campaign.” Burton’s comments quickly went into Martin’s blog post. Soon enough, several websites and cable news outlets were giving the story trumpet-blaring treatment.
Perhaps half an hour after the story broke Martin called me back over to his desk. It turned out the Argus Leader had video of its big interview. I huddled over Martin’s computer as we watched.
It was a deflating experience.
The RFK remarks were deep in a 20-minute clip of an otherwise routine conversation. Then, once we actually got to the relevant portion of the video, it was hardly an electric moment.
Clinton does indeed mention the Kennedy assassination, speaking in a calm and analytical tone: “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.”
Martin and I both thought we saw a slight twinge in Clinton’s facial expression, as though she recognized she had just said something dumb.
Whether she recognized it or not, she had.
But it was also clear that Clinton’s error was not in saying something beyond the pale but in saying something that pulled from context would sound as if it were beyond the pale.
It would be a big story if Clinton said something like this: “Hey, I know it looks bad for me now. But, think about it. Obama could get shot and I’d get to be the nominee after all.”
It is a small story if Clinton said something like this: “Everyone talks like May is incredibly late, but by historical standards it is not. Think of all the famous milestones in presidential races that have taken place during June.”
It seems pretty obvious that the latter is what Clinton meant, and not too far from what she actually said.
3. Read the interpretation of Randall Beck, executive editor of Argus Leader Media, the news organization that conducted the interview:
The context of the question and answer with Senator Clinton was whether her continued candidacy jeopardized party unity this close to the Democratic convention. Her reference to Mr. Kennedy’s assassination appeared to focus on the timeline of his primary candidacy and not the assassination itself.
4. Ask yourself why a roomful of journalists didn't immediately question Sen. Clinton about why she was speculating on, or possibly even inciting, the assassination of her rival (full transcript here, in .doc file format).
Instead of digging into the story-of-the-century that just fell into their laps, they concluded the interview as follows (picking up immediately after the "money quote" in #1, above):
EB: What's your speculation?
CLINTON: You know, I don't know, I find it curious and I don't want to attribute motives or strategies to people because I don't really know, but it's a historical curiosity to me.
EB: Does it have anything to do with gender?
CLINTON: I don't know that either.
5. Read the reaction of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., after being told about Hillary's remarks:
“I’ve heard her make that argument before,” Mr. Kennedy said, speaking on his cell phone as he drove to the family compound in Hyannis for the holiday weekend. “It sounds like she was invoking a familiar historical circumstance in support of her argument for continuing her campaign.”
6. Read Hillary making that argument before, quoted in Time magazine in March, when such comments somehow didn't cause a state of emergency:
"Primary contests used to last a lot longer," she toldTime magazine in March.
"We all remember the great tragedy of Bobby Kennedy being assassinated in June in LA. My husband didn't wrap up the nomination in 1992 until June. Having a primary contest go through June is nothing particularly unusual."
7. In light of all this evidence, re-read any of the 4-zillion accusatory articles, blog posts, forum screeds, or e-mails about this that you've written or read over the last three days. Do you still stand by your outrage at "Hillary Hinckley"?
8. Listen to yourself continuing to spread these Clinton Derangement Syndrome-fueled lies, and carping about what a "victim" Hillary is for defending herself against this high-tech lynching.
9. Imagine you heard that Hillary Clinton uttered the last word of the previous sentence. Would you look honestly into the context before vilifying her and the half of your party that supports her, given the way you've embarrassed yourself this weekend... just like when you flipped out over "as far as I know" and "fairy tale"?
If the answer is "no," you are completely fucked in the head.
Good luck to you, and to the rest of us who have to put up with you and — judging by the national wave of garment-rending and pearl-clutching since Friday — the frightening number of people like you.