Friday, May 23, 2008

Keith Olbermann's Daily Kos Blog On Clinton RFK Comments

Well, the media hits just keep coming regarding Senator Hillary Clinton's Clinton RFK Assassination comments. Here's what Keith Olbermann of NBC's "Countdown" and the former ESPN anchor wrote over at the DailyKos just a few moments ago:

As alluded to elsewhere Senator Clinton's comments require a Special Comment tonight.

I need to be brief, but there's a preview below. We can sometimes have our most innocent remarks misinterpreted into the most violent of inferences - I know this firsthand. And we are still responsible for the words, no matter the intent.

The use of the word "assassination" is not open to misinterpretation. It has no place, not with our country's history.

Those words, Senator?
You actually invoked the nightmare of political assassination.
You actually invoked the spectre of an inspirational leader, at the seeming moment of triumph, for himself and a battered nation yearning to breathe free, silenced forever.
You actually used the word "assassination" in the middle of a campaign with a loud undertone of racial hatred -- and gender hatred -- and political hatred.
You actually used the word "assassination" in a time when there is a fear, unspoken but vivid and terrible, that our again-troubled land and fractured political landscape might target a black man running for president.
Or a white man.
Or a white woman!
You actually used those words, in this America, Senator while running against an African-American against whom the death threats started the moment he declared his campaign?
You actually used those words, in this America, Senator, while running to break your "greatest glass ceiling" and claiming there are people who would do anything to stop you?
Senator -- never mind the implications of using the word "assassination" in any connection to Senator Obama...
What about you?
You cannot say this!

Here's Keith's television presentation on his show "Countdown: With Keith Olbermann."

Clinton RFK Comments: Samantha Power Must Be Smiling

Clinton RFK Assassination: Samantha Power Must Be Smiling

In the wake of Senator Clinton's amazingly shocking and hurtful statements regarding her reasons why she should remain in the campaign we have to go back and reconsider the supposed-to-be off-the-record comment by now former Obama for America Foreign Policy advisor Samantha Power, who famously said that Senator Clinton "Was a Monster."

Even though she apologized for that statement, you've got to believe Professor Power's smiling whereever she is in the World.

Hillary Clinton "RFK June Assasination" Comment Raises Obama Safety Concerns

Hillary Clinton "RFK June Assasination" Comment Raises Obama Safety Concerns

UPDATEL: Clinton Blames Obama for her gaffe

It was as shocking as it was sudden. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, then top campaigner against and now only the challenger to Senator Barack Obama's run for the Democratic Nominee for President of The United States, has made what in my estimation is the largest mistake of her candidacy, and yes, even larger than her comments on Martin Luther King where she said "It takes a President.."

Today, Senator Clinton really stuck her foot in it, calling up the image of Bobby Kennedy's Assasination in 1968 as a historic reason for her to stay in the current Presidential Election race. This Talking Points Memo video captures Hillary Clinton at the Argus Leader editorial board interview, May 23, 2008 which is today and where she made the comments:

This has caused an outrage all over. I first listened to this, and turned around and looked at my Mom, who's visiting, and she said "She's gone crazy." Over at the Huffington Post, the comments below Sam Stein's article are not supportive. I took it as this: she's waiting for someone to kill Barack Obama.

Senator Obama has been compared not just with JFK, but with RFK, as my video here shows.

Now, I'm hearing Clinton supporter, former aide, and CNN Contributor Paul Begala trying like heck to put lipstick on this pig, and it's not working at all.

This has spread like wildfire. Clinton's comments are on five videos on YouTube in just the last hour. is calling for Superdelegates to make their decision now, based on the Clinton error, and the fact that Obama's only 56 delegates from the magic mark.

It's caused a firestorm over at DailyKos, and the -- as of this writing -- 1,400 + comments are overwhelmingly negative. Ann Kornblut over at Saddlebrook Democrats linked her statement with Governor Mike Huckabee's words that someone was aiming a gun at Barack Obama, saying "shame on you" to both.

She's right.

I wonder what's in her head to come up with that comment? I wonder if she's daring to think that someone will try to kill Senator Obama by June? There's something dark back there in the deep recesses of her mind and it's not good in my view.

It was a terrible statement for which she apologized:

But for me, it's not enough. Michelle Benard on MSNBC's right: Clinton's comments have cemented her terrible relationship with the African American community, perhaps for good.

Stay tuned.

Senator John McCain's Double (Tripple?) Pastor Problems

While the mainstream media was hammering Senator and Presidential Candidate Barack Obama over his relationship with his now-former Pastor Jeremiah Wright, many bloggers were pointing to presumptive Republican Presidential Nominee John McCain's problem with not one, but two men of the cloth.

Now, thanks to YouTube, the controversial remarks of Pastor John Hagee, a prominent Christian minister who's endorsement McCain doggedly pursued and got, said these very ugly words according to The Huff Post's Sam Stein:

Hagee preached: "'And they the hunters should hunt them,' that will be the Jews. 'From every mountain and from every hill and from out of the holes of the rocks.' If that doesn't describe what Hitler did in the holocaust you can't see that.

"Theodore Hertzel is the father of Zionism. He was a Jew who at the turn of the 19th century said, this land is our land, God wants us to live there. So he went to the Jews of Europe and said 'I want you to come and join me in the land of Israel.' So few went that Hertzel went into depression. Those who came founded Israel; those who did not went through the hell of the holocaust.

"Then god sent a hunter. A hunter is someone with a gun and he forces you. Hitler was a hunter. And the Bible says -- Jeremiah writing -- 'They shall hunt them from every mountain and from every hill and from the holes of the rocks,' meaning there's no place to hide. And that might be offensive to some people but don't let your heart be offended. I didn't write it, Jeremiah wrote it. It was the truth and it is the truth. How did it happen? Because God allowed it to happen. Why did it happen? Because God said my top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel." (Listen to the audio below.)

In other words, blame God for sending Hitler to "cause" the Holocaust.

Fortunately today, McCain rejected Hagee's endorsement. Not to be embarassed, Hagee rejected McCain.

But it all didn't stop there. McCain had to kick to the curb the backing of another pastor by the name of Rod Parsley, who openly said that Islam was a religion that was inherently violent.

I wonder what other people of God McCain will have to reject before this campaign is over.

Stay tuned.