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Countdown opened with the most important news of Tuesday, November 22, 2005: the "cut and run" comments made last week by Rep Jean Schmidt, which Olby flogged just one day earlier in his "worst person in the world" segment:
Today, the individual whom she claims she was quoting, says he never said that.
The colonel she quoted, Ohio state representative Danny Bubp, is now denying ever having said what Miss Schmidt said he said.
Well, not exactly. According to Rep Danny Bubp's office:
he did not mention Congressman Murtha by name nor did he mean to disparage Congressman Murtha.
You'll note that Bubp's office did not claim he "never said" it. That formulation is strictly a creation of the Hour of Spin. Keith went on to a "potential bombshell": Bush was told ten days after 9/11 that Iraq wasn't involved in the attack. Well, duh! Added Olby:
Some might call all that a conspiracy.
Countdown Crony Howard Fineman showed up to chew over all this big news, along with the non-developments in the Tom DeLay case. It's all part of the "crumbling" of Bush's Republican support, according to Fineman. After a bit on Thanksgiving and pardoning turkeys, KO found a way to drag Richard Nixon into all of this. Very nicely done.
In the #4 slot we got a combo: a taped piece on the prosecution of Jose Padilla (whom Olby suggested was not that much of a threat), and questionable loans in the aftermath of 9/11 (via a taped Lisa Myers report). After a "top 3 newsmakers" bit where the on-screen list didn't match the text Keith was reading, we got #3: weather and travel nightmares. NBC's Michelle Kosinski (of the phony canoe in the water stunt) was the ideal choice for this segment.
In the #2 slot, we got yet another taped NBC piece, this time about convicts who escaped during Katrina and posed as college students. With all these recycled reports from network headquarters, it seemed like Keith was hardly even trying.
But there's always the #1 story, a chance to bash a conservative with an unfunny installment of "Robert Novak Puppet Theater". He turned yet again to Air America for fair and balanced commentary. Jeanine Garafalo immediately called Novak a "right-wing partisan hack". Olby giggled in appreciative agreement, but when they went off on a tangent about the evil of Fox News, that's when we threw in the towel. No point in wasting any more time with these two arrogant buffoons if it means we might miss even one minute of The Amazing Race.