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.
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.
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.
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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