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Wednesday, January 22, 2003



Wake Me When This Is Over

I am having the strangest dream - a waking nightmare, really. It starts out nicely enough: Hillary Clinton is quoted as saying something absurd, and then the heavy talent in the blogosphere pounces. Best of the Web, The InstaPundit, my man Mickey, the Volokhers, the Man, the Hammer - it's beautiful.

But then it goes sour. I try to track down the quote in question. It is great fun Googling on "King Hillary Clinton". And I find what seems to be the key quote, and it is the same, yet different. Very different? Different enough. Does this mean I am going to be defending Hillary!? Not that all these folks attacking her are wrong, of course. Maybe their quote is right, and the other one is wrong. Maybe the nuance is too subtle to invalidate the point. Maybe...

In the dream, I post the controversial quote, and then the alternative one from a different source. Do I actually defend her? Wake me, please....

The Sun: We are reminded once again by the events of the last year that there are those who don’t understand Dr. King’s dream and legacy,” Mrs. Clinton said. “Yes, we want to be judged by the content of our character and not the color of our skin. But what makes up character?” she said, quoting from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. “If we don’t take race as part of our character, then we are kidding ourselves.”

Newsday: Noting that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of "revolution," Clinton said before a gathering hosted by the Rev. Al Sharpton that affirmative action foes focus only on his urging that people be judged by their character.

"Well, of course," she said. "But what is character? The sum total of who you are. The color of your skin and how you deal with it is part of your character."


Her website is currently not helpful. It has been a long day. I would go to bed, but I think I am already there.

UPDATE: Good Point! Maybe she said both. Major politicos were on a Martin Luther King Whirlwind of speaking engagements, and these seem to be quotes from different venues. The Sun places its quote at "Trinity Baptist Church in the Bronx"; Newsday describes "a gathering hosted by the Rev. Al Sharpton, which would almost surely have been "in Harlem" at "a packed hall on Madison Avenue near 125th Street". And this Newsday story has her speaking at both sites. And, delightfully, the "gaffe" came first, with the more favorable quote following.

That's why Mickey is where he is, and I'm here at Blogspot. And maybe we know both what Hillary meant, and what she said.

UPDATE: Thoughts on this from PejmanPundit. The "better" quote doesn't change his mind. Didn't seem to change Mickey's mind, either.


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