Hillary Clinton this morning referenced the assassination of Bobby Kennedy as a reason why she was staying in the race for the Democratic nomination, according to the AP, and only a few hours later she was apologizing, sort of.
No one really knows what’s in Hillary’s head. She may have been saying lots of primary contests have run into June, so it is not unprecedented for her to still be campaigning. A generous person would interpret it that way. But to many it sounded like a secret motive accidentally made public: Stay in the race in case anything — say, an assassination — happens to Obama.
At the least, both her original statement and her apology were uncharacteristically clumsy. At worst, they reveal the most repugnant thinking of a cold, calculating politician. Either way, she has every right to stay in the race till all the primaries are over — while we keep wondering what she really wants.
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