Congratulations Are In Order
I'd been without electricity for a day, and without internet for a couple days, so I'm late to the game, on the latest Clinton Crime Against Humanity.
Hillary Clinton made a clumsy comment about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, and the reaction was typical. People who have spent months dishonestly post-parsing and demonizing her for every evil conceivable once again writhed and caterwauled in convulsions of self-righteous shrill, attributing to her the most heinous motives, and demanding that she leave the presidential race, and perhaps public life, altogether. Shocking that these people would once again find an excuse to behave like rabid rodents.
I've said it many times: the most disheartening and disgusting aspect of this presidential race has not been the discovery that prominent politicians like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama behave like prominent politicians, it's been the complete meltdown of the supposedly liberal blogs, as they've collectively abandoned any pretense of honesty and rationality, transmogrifying into but a weak shadow of the corporate media they once were supposed to replace as the source of credible information. These people no longer have any credibility as political commentators or analysts, and less and less as people capable of even a modicum of human decency. What they are saying about the latest incident reveals less about Hillary Clinton than about themselves.
You know who does have credibility to talk about Clinton's comments? Robert F. Kennedy's son, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. This is what he said:
"It is clear from the context that Hillary was invoking a familiar political circumstance in order to support her decision to stay in the race through June. I have heard her make this reference before, also citing her husband’s 1992 race, both of which were hard fought through June. I understand how highly charged the atmosphere is, but I think it is a mistake for people to take offense."
Now, if you believe that the liars and smear merchants of the corporate media and the shrillosphere are reasonable and objective in taking such great offense to Clinton's comments, you are forced to conclude that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who actually has a personal stake and personal feelings about the matter, is so in the tank for Clinton that he will give a free pass to the most despicable possible reference to his father. The opposite reading would be that RFK, Jr. is right, and that Clinton unintentionally used jarringly inappropriate language to restate what she has stated many times before, and that the hysterical hate-mongers of the corporate media and the shrillosphere have merely found yet another pretext to spew their hysterical hatred. I'll be blunt: the people using this incident to further promote their own despicable agenda by their own despicable means are every bit as despicable as their lies and distortions would make Clinton out to be. They are shameful. Their behavior is inexcusable. They like to accuse Clinton of being Rovian- and worse- but it is they who have most closely come to emulate the worst behavior of the worst Republicans. To whatever degree they have any political impact at all, they are a blight on political discourse, and they are systematically destroying everything the blogs were supposed to be. That some of them are now participating in the corporate media could not be more appropriate. They have become that which they were supposed to have been trying to change. I congratulate them on their success.
UPDATE: CBS News got a comment from the Executive Editor of the newspaper that was interviewing Clinton. Quoted by Marc Ambinder:
The context of the question and answer with Sen. Clinton was why there was so much pressure on her to quit her race against Sen. Obama. Her reference to the Mr. Kennedy's assassination appeared to focus on the timeline of his primary candidacy, not the assassination itself.
But what would he know? What would RFK, Jr. know? Clinton's behavior always must be interpreted as the intentional promotion of evil. Because she's like that.