Hillary's Killer RFK Quote Stuns Pundits

She shouldn't 'be elected dog catcher,' one gripes

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted May 24, 2008 3:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – Hillary’s RFK gaffe certainly has people talking—and most aren’t being too kind.

  • Michael Goodwin of the New York Daily News calls it “an X-ray of a very dark soul” that considers murder just another strategic possibility. Hillary has shot her chance at being vice president, he writes: “She doesn’t deserve to be elected dog catcher anywhere now.”

  • Steve Benen labeled it mere “molehill politics" in the Carpetbagger Report. Clinton was only talking about the election calendar, yet her argument still misleads: Kennedy was killed in June, but that race began in March.
  • Hillary’s excuse, that she’s been thinking about Ted Kennedy, doesn’t fly either, Karen Tumulty writes in Time magazine, because she made nearly identical statements a couple of months ago.

Hillary Clinton speaks to the media in South Dakota Friday, as she apologizes for a statement citing the June 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy in defending her decision to stay in the race.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Hillary Clinton speaks to the media in South Dakota Friday, as she apologizes for a statement citing the June 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy in defending her decision to stay in the race.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to a question from the audienceduring a campaign event in Brookings, South Dakota Friday, May 23, 2008.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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