Sunday 1st June, 2008

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Never again, Bhillary

There are so many important and pressing national issues in the air right now, it seems a bit out of context to be writing on US elections, especially the Democratic Party nomination.

But right now, I, along with the entire the nation, am just too emotionally distraught over the tragic events of what happened to young Hope Arismandez to even delve into that topic today.

So I will take a deep breath and calm myself and share with you some thoughts sent to me by a friend on something that is a matter of concern in the USA—the recent racist, hate-mongering remarks by Hillary Clinton.

Clinton has crossed the line, and she has done so to her eternal peril, as the remarks she made—when she played the race and assassination cards in her last-ditch desperate attempt to secure the Democratic nomination—are being seen by as just too much to stomach.

Her husband had scored a crushing victory over George Herbert Bush in the November, 1992, elections, and captured the hearts and minds of the immigrant community, as well as the majority of American citizens.

Elated immigrants

Immigrants were elated and Clinton was supported by the vast majority of first and second-generation immigrants.

Though a white Southerner, Bill Clinton was characterised as the first “black” President of the United States, and was embraced as a darling of the black community—a jazz-loving, saxophone playing, soul food grubbing “brother.”

This was soon to change, and Bill Clinton squandered that immense goodwill, so much so that by 2000, after Bill Clinton was done with Monica Lewinsky and the stained dress, there were few who wanted to see or hear about him or his family.

But Hillary played the role of the strong supportive wife who stood by her man, and the world gave her support and sympathy.

Fast forward eight years later: The Clintons are at it again, this time embarking on a slash and burn campaign to deprive Barack Obama of the Democratic nomination, and a historic opportunity to be the first African-American President of the United States of America.

Let us debunk the foolish Clinton delegate math: as of May 24, 2008, the Associated Press and New York Times estimate Obama has 1,970 delegates, against Clinton’s tally of 1,779.

Obama needs a mere 55 delegates to achieve the 2,025 total to clinch the nomination. There are 86 delegates at stake in the remaining contests in Puerto Rico, South Dakota, and Montana; and 176 uncommitted super-delegates.

There is not the remotest possibility of Clinton denying Obama the nomination.

In a last desperate effort, Hillary Clinton launched an astonishingly brutal and insensitive attack on Obama, playing both the race and assassination cards, at a meeting with the editorial board of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader in South Dakota.

This is what Hillary had to say:

“My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California.

“You know I just don’t understand it,” she said, dismissing the idea of abandoning the race.

Is it Hillary’s subliminal wish that someone assassinate Obama?

After imagining non-existent sharpshooters targeting her in a Bosnian airport, Hillary now has visions of assassins going after Obama.

Trying to justify her crudely-insensitive remarks, while digging a deeper hole for herself, the unrepentant Hillary issued an outrageous non-apology apology:

“The Kennedys have been much on my mind the last days, because of Senator Kennedy,” referring to the recent diagnosis of Senator Edward M Kennedy’s brain tumour.

“And I regret if my referencing that moment of trauma for our entire nation, and in particular the Kennedy family, was in any way offensive.”

The Washington Post’s Libby Copeland puts Clinton’s statement into context:

“The fear of a president or a presidential candidate being shot or assassinated is horrifying, precisely because recent history teaches us that it can happen.

“We don’t need anybody to remind us, and we certainly don’t need anybody to remind whatever suggestible whackos might be lurking in the shadows.”

Double taboo

In the context of Obama, Clinton’s words broke a double taboo, because since the beginning of his candidacy, some of Obama’s supporters have feared his race made him more of a target than other presidential hopefuls.

Obama was placed under Secret Service protection early, a full year ago.

To be unaware that one’s words tap into a monumental fear that exists in a portion of the electorate—a fear that Obama’s race could get him killed—is an unusual mistake for a serious and highly disciplined presidential candidate.

But, apparently, Hillary shows no remorse. She is not deterred; she wants to continue her divisive campaign, at all costs.

Who knows? Maybe someone may assassinate Obama. Hillary would be right there to pick up the torch after Obama is martyred.

Why not be Obama’s vice president; then, like Lyndon Johnson after John F Kennedy’s assassination, Hillary will assume the mantle of presidency of the United States.

It seems she may just have gone too far this time, and the super-delegates will definitely have their say on this one.

No matter how hard she tries to hide Bill behind the scenes, it is a joint tag team of Bill and Hillary being presented to the American public, and we can only hope the super-delegates have the courage and gumption to stand up and say:

“Never again Bhillary.”

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