Hillary Clinton is apologizing for pointing to the assassination of Bobby Kennedy in defending her decision to continue her presidential campaign.
“My husband didn’t wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June,” Sen. Clinton said during an editorial board meeting with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. “We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California.”
After the comment came to light, Sen. Clinton explained that she was merely trying to point out the “historic fact” that primary campaign seasons have lasted into June.
She also said that the Kennedy family has “been much on my mind” lately because of Ted Kennedy’s recent diagnosis of a brain tumor.
But this isn’t the first time that Sen. Clinton has pointed to Bobby Kennedy and the 1968 California primary in defending her continuing campaign.
“I remember what happened in the California primary in 1968 as Senator Kennedy won that primary,” she said May 7 in West Virginia.
I thought at the time that it was an odd comment. But now I think I better understand why she said it.
Sen. Clinton is, quite simply, a terrible communicator. While the other candidates were putting out fluffy Christmas commercials, Sen. Clinton’s ad featured entitlement programs wrapped up as presents. In debate after debate with Barack Obama, she demonstrated a clearly superior grasp of the issues, but she couldn’t explain her own (misguided) policies with any kind of inspiring hope for the people they would ostensibly benefit.
And when she looks at the factual history of primary campaigns, she sees that the fight for the 1968 Democrat nomination changed in June, on the night of the California primary. And seeing it, she says it–without any discernible understanding of how such a point comes across.
It must be deeply frustrating for Sen. Clinton to see herself losing to a rookie Senator who makes the Jimmy Carter of 1976 look qualified for the presidency. But it’s happenning. And part of why it’s happenning is Sen. Clinton’s own inability to communicate in a way that inspires people to feel confidence in her and hope in themselves.