Sunday, May 25, 2008

Out of Context???!!!!!

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When I was much younger, I remember seeing an ad on TV that was part of the early “war on drugs” campaign. It featured a father lecturing his teen after discovering drugs in his room. The father, exasperated, asks the son forcefully, “Where did you learn about stuff like this? And the son yells back, “From you, Dad. I learned it from watching you!!!!”

That’s what I think about when I read Hillary’s op-ed in which she accuses critics of taking her “Assassin-gate” comment out of context:

This past Friday, during a meeting with a newspaper editorial board, I was asked about whether I was going to continue in the presidential race.

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.

Almost immediately, some took my comments entirely out of context and interpreted them to mean something completely different - and completely unthinkable.

Hillary, if there is one thing you can’t accuse others of doing in this campaign, it’s taking things out of context:

Remember "Obama loves Ronald Reagan?"

Remember “Bittergate?”

Remember David Shuster?

Remember Obama’s experience consists of “a single speech?”

Remember “I take him at his word that he’s not a Muslim?”

Remember “Jesse Jackson won South Carolina too?”

Remember any of probably hundreds of times during the 26 debates that you twisted a word or a phrase uttered by another candidate to your own political advantage?

In fact, it is your great skill, touted often by your supporters as making you “a brilliant debater,” that you always, always, ALWAYS take everything in whatever context is needed to advance your ambitions and your goals!

But this time, blaming others for taking your statement out of context won’t work, because everyone knows that it is exactly the context in which you made your unfortunate remarks that makes them so egregious!

And the fact that you deliberately, to this day, refuse to recognize the true context in which your statement was made - by apologizing to the Obama family - shows that you are still trying to use this incident to advance your ambitions and your goals.

So don’t lecture us about taking things out of context.

We learned (to reject) it from watching you!

Also at Daily Kos

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