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See It Now: Hillary Clinton Gets a Lesson in the Power of the Moving--and Talking--Image

Written By mista sense on Saturday, May 24, 2008 | 6:49 AM

Hillary Rodham Clinton may well have blown up what remained of her dwindling presidential--and even vice presidential--prospects with her off-the-wall expression of concern (or is it hope?) that Barack Obama might be assassinated.

Hillary has been pilloried from pillar to Post for these comments, which, of course, only help to remind us what so many politicians are really like--that is, in their hunger to win, of course they want their opponent dead.

But from a Cable Game point of view, it's interesting to observe that Hillary actually expressed the same horrible sentiment on March 6, to Time magazine's Richard Stengel. Time printed it, but nothing came of it. One assumes that Stengel taped the convo, but only on audio tape.

Now fast-forward two-and-a-half months. When Hillary said the same thing on May 23, this time to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, the camera was rolling. (Good heads up ball, Argus Leader, you all proved that you can be Convergence Cable Gamers; get a techno-clue, Time!) And so Hillary rocketed to permanent YouTube infamy.

And that's the lesson: With apologies to Boss Tweed, people don't read much, but they do watch TV.*

BTW, this is one time that The Cable Gamer actually agrees with MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, who blasted Hillary for "invoking the nightmare." Yes, Olbermann is kind of a blowhard, but some people, such as Hillary, deserve to be blown away.

* Here's Tweed, the legendarily corrupt New York City mayor, complaining about political cartoons--the hot popular medium in the mid-19th century--that attacked him: "Stop them damned pictures. I don't care so much what the papers say about me. My constituents can't read. But, damn it, they can see pictures!"

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