In the daily grind of a presidential campaign, it is fascinating to watch how an off-the-cuff remark by a candidate can be blown way out of proportion.
This recently happened to New York Sen. Hillary Clinton when she was talking to the editorial board of a
Responding to the question she said: "My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the
However, her opponents and critics immediately jumped on her reference to Robert Kennedy and expressed outrage. An Obama spokesman said her comment "has no place in this campaign."
Obviously, her critics thought she was wrong to bring Robert Kennedy's murder into the political arena, but there was nothing in her comment that was offensive. She was simply stating a fact about recent Democratic campaigns and that the 1968 campaign did last into June.
She was not insensitive to Kennedy's memory in any way. Unfortunately, for her, she is the target of Democratic leaders who want her out of the way so there can be nothing to deflect attention away from Obama.
Because of this, they will exploit any comment she makes to marginalize her.
The truly fascinating aspect of this is that the same people who are pounding her also dream of an Obama/Clinton presidential ticket.
They believe with Obama's charisma and
At this point, I would have to agree with that. Obama's charisma seems to intoxicate people and unless there is an "October surprise" lurking in the shadows, I don't see him losing to Arizona Sen. John McCain.
However, they should not get their hopes up just yet.
After years of being the darlings of the Democratic Party, the
Don't expect their wounds to heal quickly. When people have been on top, it is difficult to accept being second banana, and that is what Mrs.
So, at this point, it is hard to imagine that she will be the Democrats' vice presidential nominee. Obama may offer it to her as a way for her to gracefully exit the campaign spotlight, but it's hard to believe that she would accept it.
However, if there is anything we know about the
Hillary Clinton will remain a presence on the political scene as a senator.
Who knows? She may have another chance at the White House some day.