Politicians on Ferguson: The sound of silence

But Democratic strategists say there’s little to be gained for Clinton — or for that matter, other likely White House contenders — by weighing in beyond brief statements on the still-roiling situation in Ferguson. And the risk of escalating matters is real. So is the risk of getting ahead of the White House, where President Barack Obama on Monday was noticeably restrained as he described the dangers in predetermining the outcome of an episode so far marked more by a lack of information than clarity…

The shooting and its aftermath will likely resonate with African-American voters for a long time, coming amid a string of confrontations between black men and the police in recent months. The eventual Democratic nominee — Clinton or anyone else — will face a burden, as Sharpton suggested, to discuss it thoughtfully in a campaign, several operatives said.

But few strategists see that moment as imminent, arguing that Clinton would risk fomenting an already heated situation. Even those potential candidates who have commented are generally warning about not getting ahead of the facts.

“For now, Secretary Clinton, if she’s around, should express her remorse for the killing of an unarmed man,” Brazile said. “She’s a mom. For now, a community is hurting. And a country needs healing. Her voice, while prominent, might distract from the important work that needs to be done.”

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