Friday, May 23, 2008

Stick A Fork In Her, She’s Done

No not literally. It’s a baseball saying for a pitcher who has tired to the point of not being able to deliver a serious pitch any more.

From what I can gather of her comments today about why she remains in the primary race despite any reasonable chance of success, Hillary Clinton is either one of two things:

1) Tired beyond all ability to reason
2) A cold-blooded calculating eater of the dead.

I am guessing number 1, but wonder about number 2.

Everyone has been wondering why Hillary Clinton remains engaged in a nomination battle where the numbers are clearly against her. Today we found out why: she’s apparently waiting for Barack Obama to drop dead or be assassinated.

The now infamous quote:

“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, I don't understand it.”

In 1968, Bobby Kennedy was all set to run against Dick Nixon for president. He won the June primary in California and virtually sealed his nomination. He was shot and killed just after leaving his victory party. Hubert Humphrey was next in line, won the nomination and lost in the general election.

Hillary Clinton is apparently trying to follow the footsteps of Hubert Humphrey. Or so she implied.

Then when her ghoulish gaffe raised the hackles of just about everyone, she delivered the most cryptic apology known to man:

“I regret that if my referencing that moment of trauma for our entire nation and in particular the Kennedy family was in any way offensive. I certainly had no intention of that whatsoever”

Who was she apologizing to? Anyone? The only thing I get out of those words is that she’s sorry she said that because it got her in a bunch of trouble with voters, delegates, superdelegates and the DNC Rules and Credentials Committees.

Quite frankly I think she’s just tired and frustrated. Those two things, mark me, are a deadly combination and makes you say things you don’t mean, or if you are thinking about those things, you normally restrain yourself in order to be polite and tactful.

Quite frankly, it strikes me that this is the kind of thing that Hillary Clinton was hoping to occur within the Obama campaign – some sort of unforgivable gaffe or event that would cause superdelegates to rethink their votes. Ironic, isn’t it, that the campaign killer she was anticipating may just have occurred in her own campaign.


Earl said...

Hal, I thought of a good analogy for how the Hillbillies think. Let's say you and I are competing to go to the Olympics. Now you beat me every time except once, on a Tuesday. The Hillbillies would say, "Well we should clearly send Earl, because the event will probably be on a Tuesday and Earl has proven that he can win on Tuesday, while Hal can't win on a Tuesday." Yeah, riiiiggghhhtttt.

Anonymous said...

Why are obama people such assholes?

Hal said...

I dunno.

Maybe it's the diet.

The Soup: Creme de Feel Sorry For Me.

Followed by a course of "Veal Itsallaboutmeandbill".

Finished with a dessert of "Working White People's Baked Pennsylvania".

Maybe it's the diet. Maybe that's what makes a peculiar ring of fire appear around our sphincters, converting us to holes that deliver effluvium.

Maybe we can swallow it, but we just can't digest it.

You tell me.

(You're going to vote for McCain, aren't you?)

Fenway Fran said...

You used that photo just for me, right Hal?
Love, Fenway Fran

Hal said...

I have twice searched for online photographs of pitchers being relieved at the mound. Twice I came up with obvious choices, and twice they were of Boston pitchers.

Go and figure that one out.

Anonymous said...

I'm just afraid the convention's going to be like the ending of Carrie..... Or Glenn Close erupting from the bathtub.....

BTW, since when does stating observed facts qualify one as an ***hole? Just askin'.....

Hal said...

It's step two in the five stages of grief. Anger. Lashing out at those of us who are commenting on the news, and trying to rationalize what would appear to be a horrible gaffe. She has a bit to go, I think, before she gets to "acceptance".

I just don't know when Clinton will allow her followers to get to that point, if ever.

For the Democratic Party's sake, I hope it comes very soon now, or we've been forced to toss away an opportunity for a complete rout.