From the New York Times article
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has endorsed Mrs. Clinton, defended her remarks in a telephone interview Friday evening. "I’ve heard her make that argument before," Mr. Kennedy said, speaking on his cell phone as he drove to the family compound in Hyannis for the holiday weekend. "It sounds like she was invoking a familiar historical circumstance in support of her argument for continuing her campaign."
Mr. Kennedy said he has been traveling and had not seen the video or read Mrs. Clinton’s comments, but said his support of Mrs. Clinton has not wavered.
Hillary Clinton has been called a Racist, A destroyer of the Democratic Party, A war monger, and so much more. There are few, if any, left on Dailykos who bother to defend her, or if they do it is with such timidity that it loses any cogency.
Knowing well that on this site the antipathy towards Hillary Clinton has reached the level where passion has overwhelmed perspective, I will be the fool who rushes in where angels fear to tread.
The implication is that she is insensitive to the real risk of assassination of Barack Obama and that by bringing up RFKs death, she is tacitly......what? Is she hoping for it? Does her ambition have no limits? Or is she continuing to campaign so that if such a tragedy were to occur she would be accepted as the replacement nominee.
Of course she is ambitious. And you do have to be a little crazy to subject yourself to the personal risk of running for president, or for being in public life for that matter. While Obama faces this risk, there is something we don't acknowledge, so does she. Every one of those speeches where there are thousands of people rushing the podium presents risk that one of them may want to see her dead.
Her comment today was an unartful rendition of what she had said with more sensitivity in the past.
In a March interview with Time magazine, she said:
"Primary contests used to last a lot longer. We all remember the great tragedy of Bobby Kennedy being assassinated in June in L.A. My husband didn't wrap up the nomination in 1992 until June, also in California. Having a primary contest go through June is nothing particularly unusual."
Whether this allusion is self serving, or even a distortion of the similarities between 1968 and today, this comment brought no criticism of her motives. So, yes, it became a talking point, that when repeated with less sensitivity seems callous.
She has issued a full apology:
"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."
Someday soon the Democratic party will have to begin to heal if we hope to defeat John McCain. Those 49% who prefer Senator Clinton must feel welcome into the party that will be led by Senator Obama.
This over reaction to her ill chosen words will make this reconciliation that much more difficult.
Enough is enough.