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Tonight's Countdown was not memorable for its FEMA-bashing segment, because there wasn't one. Instead, Olby gave FEMA the "worst person in the world" slot for the same ice story that he flogged some time ago. And there was nothing particularly notable about the latest installment of his Tom DeLay jihad--inviting the author of Bush's Brain as an expert commentator is SOP for KO.
No, the highlight of the Monday Hour of Spin had to be Keith and his crony Craig Crawford finding a way to use the Harriet Miers nomination to suit Olby's purposes. All of a sudden, Keith is quoting Power Line and Public Advocate. By the sheerest coincidence, they happened to be critical of the appointment. Just take a few shots at Bush, that's all a conservative blog has to do to get recognition from Olby.
After commenting that the President's Appeals Court nominees were "toxic", KO referenced Andrew Sullivan (according to Olby, he's from the "conservative end" of the blogosphere) who, naturally, was critical of the Miers appointment. This exchange followed:
OLBY: Is it possible that the President decided simply on two people from essentially his team, his side of the ball if you will, but basically the two people he thought would make the best Supreme Court Judges, regardless of their actual political orientation?
CRAWFORD: I think that's where it comes down.... He is a more moderate conservative, perhaps a country club conservative, more so than we thought before. It tells us a lot about him. He's not the firebrand, right-wing, evangelical conservative he campaigned as.
OLBY: Millions of people hearing you say that, and hearing me say this, who just feel like the earth just spun off its axis.
Keith considers conservatives appointed to the Court of Appeals to be "toxic", but a nominee welcomed by Harry Ried simply must have been chosen on merit. No surprise there. But note Olby's admission that "millions of people" will be surprised to hear him--Keith Olbermann--say Bush did something right. No kidding. We've been insisting all along that Countdown has simply been an Hour of Spin. Now Olbermann has confirmed it, to his "millions" (not!) of viewers.