This week Senator Clinton argued that Democratic nominations have often gone into June. She cited her husband in 1992 and Bobby Kennedy in 1968. “We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California.”
I must say when I first saw this comment it did not strike me as in any way inappropriate. I just thought Mrs. Clinton was making the point that her staying in the race till June was not unusual.
However, to my surprise, a storm of protest broke out. The politicians and the media excoriated her for mentioning political assassination as a reason for staying in the race. Clearly the subtext here is an issue that is becoming more visible this election season. The issue is concern now being voiced in many quarters that Obama is vulnerable to a crack-pot assassin.
“What is Clinton saying?” asked one commentator. ” That she should stay in the race so she’s ready to step in, in case Obama is assassinated?” Mrs. Clinton quickly apologized for her reference to assassination while at the same time saying she only meant that Democratic primaries have sometimes gone into June. Robert Kennedy Jr., who has endorsed Mrs. Clinton, came to her defense: “It sounds like she was invoking a familiar historical circumstance in support of her argument for continuing the campaign.”
Concerns for Mr. Obama’s safety led the Secret Service to give him protection last May, before it was offered to any other presidential candidate … Mr. Obama’s wife, Michelle, voiced concerns about his safety before he was elected to the Senate, and some black voters have even said such fears weighed on their decision of whether to vote for him.
What do you think?
Do you have any concerns about Senator Obama’s safety?