Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Keith Olbermann-Beating a Dead Horse
Is the above photo Keith Olbermann beating up on George Bush-or me beating up on Keith Olbermann? Sometimes, even I'm not sure.
I turned on Keith Olbermann tonight because I wanted to see how he would handle the Chris Matthews "Oh God" comment last night on MSNBC. Of course, it didn't occur to me to turn on Chris Matthews to see what he would say, but I never watch "Hardball" anyway. As for "Countdown", it was the same old dog and pony show. It's getting to be like "I Love Lucy".
(* Matthews, on "Hardball", skillfully and disingenuously told his viewers tonight that he was reacting to the staged backdrop for Jindal's speech; the antebellum appearance of the Governor's mansion, the winding staircase, the hallway from which he emerged. Yet, those images were on the screen at least a full minute before Jindal appeared-at which time, Matthews made his comment.)
First, Keith brought on his old stand-by, Newsweek Editor Richard Wolffe (2 f's) to help Keith pound on Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's speech in response to President Obama's address to Congress. Keith charged that Jindal made up a story about being with a local sheriff when he told a government bureaucrat over the phone to go pound sand-or something like that. It never happened, said Keith, later adding that the sheriff is now dead,(so I guess we'll never really know, will we Keith). Then he and Wolffe (2 f's) talked about how even Republicans thought that Jindal's speech was awful and he looked like some sophomoric TV character (somebody the page). Finally, they concluded that Jindal's political career was now doomed (knowing that the governor is considered a rising star in the Republican Party). Wolffe (2 f's) also made a passing joke about Matthews' comment about Jindal's entrance to the podium and Keith laughed. (It's not so funny, Keith. You should be embarrassed. But more on that later.)
Eugene "Chuckles" Robinson and Jonathan Alter apparently had the night off, so Keith then brought in the "always fair and balanced" Paul (the worm) Krugman to help him beat up on those awful Republicans some more (as if they matter, for cryin' out loud).
Then there is poor old George Bush, who used to be president. Keith can't let go. He talked about some nursing home law that was passed under Bush. He showed a clip of Rachel Maddow interviewing Nancy Pelosi about this so-called "Truth and Reconciliation" nonsense that Patrick Leahy is proposing (What are we, Argentina?) . Pelosi is "concerned" that in the end, no one will go to prison, a concern we know Keith shares.
"Worst Person in the World"? Bronze goes to Politico.com's Michael Calderone for incorrectly identifying the "Oh God" speaker as Keith then correcting it to Matthews. Hey Keith, how about Matthews as "Worst Person in the World" for saying it? Silver to-who else, Bill O'Reilly-just for being Bill O'Reilly. This must have been the 2,283rd award to O'Reilly. Never let it be said that Keith Olbermann holds a grudge. The Gold to Sean Hannity ("The Manitee") for being a conservative-or some other infraction.
And as further evidence that Keith can't let go of the Bush thing, he again signed off by reminding us it was the 467,126th day since George Bush declared, "Mission accomplished".
Good night, Keith.
Good night, Richard.
Good night, Chris.