There comes a point in every non-story news story where the whole thing reaches critical mass and you are left with no further recourse than to close your eyes, shake your head, and walk away. As it was with the Don “Ho” Imus story, so it shall be with Hillary Not Really Crying; in both cases, that point involves a member of the Jesse Jackson family.
Apparently, Jesse Jackson Jr., who’s working for Barack Obama’s campaign, has decided that it’s very important to point out that Hillary may have cried over her campaign, but didn’t cry over Hurricane Katrina, which means she must be evil or selfish or hate black people or something. For heavens sake.
Look, Jesse (because I’m sure you’re reading): we don’t know whether Hillary cried over Hurricane Katrina or not, because if she did, she didn’t do it publically. In other words, you idiot, just because something didn’t happen on TV doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.
Here’s Tim Grieve from the War Room: (my bold)
In an appearance today on MSNBC, Jackson said that Clinton’s “tears” — none actually fell from her eyes — are something that “we’re still analyzing within the Barack Obama campaign.” “Those tears also have to be analyzed,” Jackson said. “They have to be looked at very, very carefully in light of Katrina, in light of other things that Mrs. Clinton did not cry for, particularly as we head to South Carolina where 45 percent of African-Americans will participate in the Democratic contest, and they see real hope in Barack Obama.”
I’m still probably voting for Barack. A lot of the reason for that decision is my assumption that, because Barack seems like a smart and good guy, he’d hire cabinet members who are also smart and good. Unfortunately, he’s also gone and hired Jesse Jackson Jr. Who, I’m sure, is also a smart and good guy, but he definitely did something pretty evil here: he took a non-story that didn’t happen and blew it up to make someone else look racist.