Evan Bayh's Stupid Remarks On Bhutto Assassination

Speaking for me only

Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), a supporter of Hillary Clinton, makes a stupid remark about the Bhutto assassination:

“When there are unfortunate calamities like this, the Republicans [will say], ‘See. See what we told you? We have to have someone who’s strong to defend America at a time of concern.’ Well, Senator Clinton is strong,” he said. “And she’s experienced. And she’s tough enough to defend this country and do it in a way that’s true to our values, the civil liberties we cherish, and that’s one of the reasons why I’m supporting her.

What an idiotic remark from Bayh. But he is legion with this type of stuff. He does Clinton no favors and her campaign should disvow the implication of his remarks.

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    Bayh makes the politician's greatest mistake (none / 0) (#1)
    by dannyinla on Thu Dec 27, 2007 at 04:16:11 PM EST
    Thinking you always have to have an answer.

    From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli and Athena Jones

    Bayh, a red-state Democrat who endorsed Clinton in September, actually learned of Bhutto's killing when one of the two-dozen voters gathered here asked him for his reaction. "There is a deep strain of radicalism," he said, "and this assassination is a manifestation of that."

    Instead of waiting for some specifics, Bayh opted to give instant analysis and spin it in favor of the candidate he was stumping for. Personally I find this different and less troublesome than Axelrod - Axelrod as campaign manager made a statement, Bayh stupidly just let his lips move.

    Indeed (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Thu Dec 27, 2007 at 04:20:12 PM EST
    It was a STUPID remark, but frankly, in the Bayh traditio of stupidity.

    Axelrod's remark was OFFENSIVE. I really hope folks can see the difference.

    But more likely I will be labelled a shill.


    Stupid (none / 0) (#3)
    by BDB on Thu Dec 27, 2007 at 04:41:48 PM EST
    Yeah, totally stupid.

    But I agree that this is not offensive because at least he had the sense not to say anything about the other candidates.  Still stupid to try to use this mess politically, IMO.  But at least he was only discussing it in relation to why he supports Clinton and not as a way to slam her opponents.


    actually, (none / 0) (#4)
    by cpinva on Thu Dec 27, 2007 at 06:32:27 PM EST
    his remark is prescient. the republicans, and their right-wingnut allies, will attempt to spin this tragedy as a reason for voting for whichever of their fruitloops wins the nomination.

    this isn't even an issue for discussion, based on their history, it's a given. maybe you think it was stupid to say it in public, i think of it as a pre-emptive strike.

    when dealing with dogs, small children and republicans, subtlety is a handicap.

    And the Demos won't?? (none / 0) (#7)
    by jimakaPPJ on Fri Dec 28, 2007 at 01:35:44 PM EST

    What in the world do you think Bayh just did??


    Evan Bayh's comments (none / 0) (#5)
    by diogenes on Thu Dec 27, 2007 at 09:59:59 PM EST
    Isn't this what you're doing by quoting "other people" (e.g. Hardball) saying that the assassination will help Hillary?  

    Who quoted anyone from Hardballl? (none / 0) (#6)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Thu Dec 27, 2007 at 10:54:27 PM EST