Obama Abandons ‘Presumption of Good Faith’

I am so disgusted with both the Obama campaign and the mainstream media who is in the tank for Obama. The Obama campaign has attacked Hillary Clinton for a remark she made about Bobby Kennedy. She was making reference to the fact that in 1968, the Democratic nomination battle lasted all the way unto June when Kennedy was tragically assassinated. The Obama campaign cynically used that statement to say that Clinton was implying that she was staying in the race just in the case Obama was assassinated. It’s the garbage I expect from Obama’s campaign manager, David Axelrod.

Robert Kennedy Jr, a Hillary Clinton supporter came out with a statement in defense of Hillary Clinton:

“It is clear from the context that Hillary was invoking a familiar political circumstance in order to support her decision to stay in the race through June. I have heard her make this reference before, also citing her husband’s 1992 race, both of which were hard fought through June. I understand how highly charged the atmosphere is, but I think it is a mistake for people to take offense.”

Three of Bobby Kennedy’s children have endorsed Hillary Clinton. She holds the Senate seat that he held from New York. She is intimately connected to Bobby Kennedy’s family and to imply that she meant to disrespect them and also to invite people to harm Barack Obama is absolutely ludicrous. But reason doesn’t matter to the cynical Obama campaign and his biggest supporters, the mainstream media. If this is the new politics of “hope” and “change” that Obama is talking about, then I want nothing to do with it.

I turned all the cable news outlets and they are talking about this. It’s been obvious that the mainstream media has been in the tank for Barack Obama from the beginning and God forbid you say anything negative about their messiah or you will be branded as someone who is racist, backwards, unenlightened, or unintelligent. Keith Olbermann had a special comment about it on his show. He was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. He said Hillary Clinton should leave the race now because of this and that once again she implied that she wanted Obama to be assassinated. Chris Matthews was also on the same kind of cynical paranoia. I expect this from MSNBC – the mysogny news network. It is the channel that has Ketih Olbermann who said that to get Hillary Clinton out of the race, a male party boss would have to go in a room with her and make sure that only he came out, implying you would have to physically be violent toward Hillary Clinton to get her out of the race. I used to respect and enjoy watching “Countdown” with Keith Olbermann until his show became a lovefest for Barack Obama and an obsessive degrading of Hillary Clinton. And the sexism and mysogyny of Chris Matthews, Mike Barnicle, and David Schuster are also well documented. So it’s not surprising that MSNBC who has been in the tank for Barack Obama from the beginning would have a field day trying to trash Hillary Clinton. If this is the Obama’s campaign’s way of making nice with Hillary Clinton and supporter, they have a strange way of showing it. All this makes me want to do is not vote for Barack Obama in November if he’s the nominee.

ABC News; by Teddy Davis and Talal al-Khatib with Eloise Harper; May 23, 2008

Ending the “smallness of our politics” is the stated mission of Barack Obama’s White House run.

In “The Audacity of Hope,” Obama recalls how he softened his website’s harsh rhetoric on abortion in 2004 after he received an email from a pro-life doctor.

“[T]hat night, before I went to bed,” wrote Obama, “I said a prayer of my own — that I might extend the same presumption of good faith to others that the doctor had extended to me.”

No such “presumption of good faith” was extended to Hillary Clinton on Friday.

When Clinton referenced RFK’s assassination while discussing previous Democratic nomination fights which stretched into June, she was quickly scolded by the Obama campaign.

“Senator Clinton’s statement before the Argus Leader editorial board was unfortunate and has no place in this campaign,” wrote Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton in a missive to reporters.

Burton’s e-mail included a link to a New York Post story which noted that Obama, who received a Secret Service detail early in the campaign, has been the subject of threats.

The Obama campaign’s decision to target Clinton’s RFK reference forced the former first lady to express regret for her remarks.

It also ensured that the dust-up would be covered on all three network newscasts.

“I regret that if my referencing that moment of trauma for our entire nation, particularly for that family, was in any way offensive,” said Clinton.

Shortly after Clinton’s comments drew negative coverage on the network newscasts, the Argus Leader came to the former first lady’s defense.

“The context of the question and answer with Sen. Clinton was whether her continued candidacy jeopardized party unity this close to the Democratic convention,” wrote the Argus Leader editorial board. “Her reference to Mr. Kennedy’s assassination appeared to focus on the timeline of his primary candidacy and not the assassination itself.”

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9 comments

  1. “I am so disgusted with both the Obama campaign and the mainstream media who is in the tank for Obama.”

    “appeared to focus on the <strongtimeline of his primary candidacy”

    I see you have a focus on “timeline” and the bias of the “MSM” and I present to you this timeline, a timeline where the MSM failed to completely skip over events that were favorable to Sen Obama and worked against the MSM course to destroy Senator Obama at the expense of Rev. Wright. I present this timeline to you with the insistence you look clearly and focus deeply on the date April 9th that was conveniently skilled by the MSM.

    April 9th could have ended the Rev. Wright fiasco in its tracks, yet the media ignored it for the benefit of Hillary Clinton, John McCain and for their own pockets. All of this was at the expense & detriment of Sen. Obama! so do tell me, what happened to April 9th?

    As soon as you can tell me where April 9th went, is the same time you can claim bias in favor of Hillary Clinton or favor of John McCain for that matter. Otherwise as always, Hillary Clinton has nothing to stand on!

  2. Hillary has seriously lost it with the RFK reference. It smacks of someone not only grasping at straws but who lacks any insight into how her statements will be read.

    It’s clear that she will say anything and do anything not merely to win but to save face, because she surely knows that she has lost. Perhaps the re most ugly reference of all in the recall of 1968, was the fact that the Convention of that year was totally rigged by the Daley forces spewing their own brand of right wing republican-style bile and as we saw, their own brand of police state violence.

    This is the scenario on which Hillary is trading, and minus the violence, in similar style. She is basically asking for another rigged convention to get her in.

    Although I’d not consider voting for him, frankly, McCain would be the lesser evil if she were the candidate. If you’re going to have to put up with four more years of republcian rule, you might as well have an official republican in charge. At least that way, the Democrats don’t have to apologise for what follows.

  3. christian — you gotta admit, that was one heck of a mistake from clinton. we know that one reason why some folks (particularly in the black community) were hesitant to vote for obama early on was because there was fear he could someday be assassinated. who knows if this was an intentional example hand-picked by the clinton camp or if it was really just a mistake.

    but it seems reasonable to think that when your average american reads this comment from clinton, many will hear her and support clinton because there is a chance that obama could be killed — regardless of her actual intention. i think obama’s campaign had no choice but to come out strong against the statement, as it could linger in the minds of votes in november.

    but of course i’m a biased obama supporter =).

  4. it would be interesting to compare the media coverage of bitter-gate, sweetie, and jeremiah wright versus the assassination comment. unfortunately, those might be the defining moments of this race.

  5. let us set Hillary aside for one second and look at this timeline I constructed of “Endorsement Gate” and then we can speculate what unfair bias Hillary recieved, good vs bad.

    I think if your opponent was always under attack, while you were not, I consider that to be good bias in favor of whoever is being ignored.

  6. Perhaps the re most ugly reference of all in the recall of 1968, was the fact that the Convention of that year was totally rigged by the Daley forces spewing their own brand of right wing republican-style bile and as we saw, their own brand of police state violence.

    Funny you’d say that. Because the Daileys and their political fixing machine happens to be connected to Chicago.

    Hillary Clinton made a thinly veiled threat to assassinate a political opponent and you are making excuses for it.

    That is just sickening.

    Hyperbole much?

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