Category: assassination

So it’s come to this already, has it?

The mainstream media are reporting the shooting of the chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party at state party headquarters several hours ago.

Shot by a lone gunman, Dem Chairman Bill Gwatney has been hospitalized in critical condition. The gunman was chased more than 20 miles by police before finally being caught. He died later of a gunshot wound, possibly self-inflicted.

It may just be a coincidence that this is the second time this year some nut job has gone into a Democratic campaign office with the intention of hurting someone, but it fuels my concern that there are a lot of nut jobs in this country who think shooting someone is a good solution to something.

I don’t believe what the pundits keep saying — that we are now in a “post-racial” era, whatever that means. Do they mean nominating a (half) black man for president shows we’ve become mature and worldly as a nation? That may make them feel all warm and fuzzy, but it doesn’t do squat for me. I’m cynical enough to believe there are still plenty of people in this country who think any black man audacious enough to run for president needs to be dealt with — the old-fashioned way.

I have feared for Obama’s safety since the day he announced he was running. And so has the Service Service, who put a detail on him shortly thereafter.  If he is elected, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see several assassination attempts.

The media and their “post-racism” are giving the American public too much credit, too soon. And today’s shooting may have been evidence of that.


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Inside Hillary’s head: what is that woman thinking, anyway?

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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Hope takes a bullet

Hope takes a bullet — Headline on a story about the assassination of Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto. Seen on a supermarket newsstand in Thornton, Colorado. Kudos to the writer for the most succinct and memorable statement about the tragedy.