Hillary Clinton had a piece in Monday's NY Daily News in which she claims she wants to accomplish two main goals: explain her recent (massively criticized by the Left) comments about June being the month Bobby Kennedy was assassinated (the more perceptive folks in the liberal media seeing through her clever ruse of using some sort of trigger code to her murderous minions to take out Barack Obama) and to explain to one and all why she is still running despite the odds and the clamour for her to get out of the race.
On the first point she doesn't fare very well. In the way of an explanation she tells us she said:
I made clear that I was - and that I thought the urgency to end the 2008 primary process was unprecedented. I pointed out, as I have before, that both my husband's primary campaign, and Sen. Robert Kennedy's, had continued into June.
She then apologizes...well, kinda. The only problem here is she doesn't mention the part of her statement that really caused the furor; that little assassination thing. It usually helps to identify the sincerity of your apology if you honestly state what you did that was perceived as being offensive. Lacking that honesty confessions tend to look a bit self-serving. (Actually honesty probably would have worked better as her comment about Kennedy being assassinated really isn't anywhere near the opprobrium that the Left has made it out to be. Normal people would see that she was apologizing for a pretty minor offense. )
On her second point - why she's staying in the race - she isn't completely truthful, either. She says that one of her major motivations is that:
I am running because I still believe I can win on the merits. Because, with our economy in crisis, our nation at war, the stakes have never been higher - and the need for real leadership has never been greater - and I believe I can provide that leadership.
Ok. Here she's probably being up-front. She thinks she can win on the intrinsic rightness of her getting the nomination due to all her sterling qualities. Well, I guess all Presidents have to have an ego big enough to believe that and God knows that Hillary lacks for nothing in the ego department.
She then goes on to tell a whopper:
I am running because I believe staying in this race will help unite the Democratic Party. I believe that if Sen. Obama and I both make our case - and all Democrats have the chance to make their voices heard - in the end, everyone will be more likely to rally around the nominee.
Yeeeessss, I think everyone can see how "unifying" this race has been; Bill playing the infamous (boo hiss) race card, Hillary attacking the probable nominee's experience. No, no hard feeling in this race. I'm sure all Obama's supporters would be climbing all over each other to line up and vote for Hillary if she were to nab the nomination from him. And alternatively, all her voters are over the moon about Obama, too. Yeah, unity. That's what its all about.
I believe I won a 40-point victory two weeks ago in West Virginia and a 35-point victory in Kentucky this past week - despite voters being repeatedly told this race is over - because I'm standing up for them. I'm standing up for the deepest principles of our party and for an America that values the middle class and rewards hard work.
Finally, I am running because I believe I'm the strongest candidate to stand toe-to-toe with Sen. McCain. Delegate math might be complicated - but electoral math is not. Our campaign is winning the popular vote - and we've been winning the swing states we need to get 270 electoral votes and take back the White House: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Arkansas, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Michigan, Florida and West Virginia.
Reminding folks what a weak candidate Obama is is another great unifying point, isn't it?
Somehow, in this beautiful statement of principles Hillary forgets one other small reason that she's running: She is the most ambitious woman in the history of the planet. She stuck around with that philandering jerk, liar of a husband and withstood all the indignities and trivialities of being First Lady (sexist, moronic term, that!) because it would get her closer to the Presidency. She's been a faithful Lefty for decades and YOU DAMN PEOPLE DAMN WELL BETTER GET THAT SOB OBAMA OUT OF MY WAY, VOTE FOR ME AND GET MY ASS INTO OFFICE OR ELSE!
And that is the real reason Hillary continues to run.