This morning's revelation that Robert F. Kennedy, who died on the night when the Democratic presidential nomination came within his grasp 40 years ago, and Barack H. Obama, who was only six years old at the time are not, in fact, the same person has hit the Democratic party like a nuclear blast.
"Stunned," murmured one shell-shocked campaign volunteer.
"I'm just stunned. I had no idea, I swear. I thought I was doing all those phone calls to get Bobby on the ticket," he managed to say between sniffles.
"Hey, can you gimme a minute alone? Thanks, man."
A somewhat more coherent Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the recent sell-out Primary Colors cross-country American tour had this to say on behalf of the DNC:
"Hope is a thing with feathers that oft times doth perch upon our heads and shit. My friends, that fowl hath again today betrayed our noblest dreams and aspirations, raining masses of poo down upon us.
"We see who and what we want to see," he said, "our vision can be clouded by wishful thinking, not to mention pinfeathers when Hope starts molting."
"I didn't know Obama was Black!" exclaimed an astonished Bill Clinton, a former US president often mistaken for an entirely different Kennedy.
"Hell, he doesn't even sound Black!"
Ted, a senior US senator from Massachusetts who has never been mistaken for a Kennedy, had this to say about the mix-up:
"He didn't fool me, no sir. Yes, I remember RFK. Used to go by his campaign office, he had that cute little muffin working the phones, what was her name?
"Mary Jo something-or-other."
The DNC is meeting secretly later today in Arlington to discuss 2008 presidential campaign strategy in light of this stunning revelation, as well as how to break the news of RFK's death to his mother, Rose Kennedy.
When asked whether he would agree to a bipartisan 2008 campaign 'do over', Republican presumptive presidential candidate John McCain had a brief comment.
The comment was, unfortunately, unprintable.