[Editor's note: The following comment was posted on the guest column by Jenny Greenleaf. It's by Doretta Schrock of Portland, a longtime commenter here at BlueOregon.]
My take on what Hillary said was not that she was suggesting that Obama might be assassinated. She was trying to say only that it is not unusual for campaigns to go into June before they are resolved. The two campaigns that came to mind were Bill's and RFK's because those were the two that went into June and made enough of an impression on her that she remembers they went into June.
Hillary deserves every bit of pushback she's gotten on "white Americans" and the Zimbabwe comparison but I think she's being tarred unfairly on this one. What she said came out in a horribly inappropriate way but I don't think what people heard was reflective of what she was thinking.
And practically speaking, what people are suggesting she was suggesting doesn't even make sense. If the leading contender for the presidential nomination is suddenly not available to be nominated--for whatever reason--it wouldn't make much difference whether the second place contender had stopped his or her primary campaign or not. That person would still be available to be nominated but the nomination would not be automatic just because they were still contending in the remaining primaries.