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It was only days ago that Keith Olbermann was mumbling about how George Bush was insulated, living "in a bubble". On Tuesday night's Hour of Spin, with the prospect of a State of the Union speech minutes away, Olby's spin suddenly careened upside down and backwards:
Is this speech really necessary? Since his last State of the Union, Mr Bush has held seven televised news conferences, and made at least six televised addresses, the last just 45 days ago.
Note the absence of the honorific "President" Bush. We're probably lucky to get "Mister". Talking to Dana Milbank (again!), KO played an old Bush clip about wiretaps and court orders, and asked: "Is that going to be problematic?" Milbank basically said not really, and explained how it was not the same things as the NSA program. We heard Bush the oil-man, Cheney the Halliburton-man, complaints about why the Democrats aren't wearing anti-Bush T-shirts, and so forth. Then came a wish-fulfillment piece about the purported six-year curse for second-term Presidents.
A recycled tape from NBC covered the death of Coretta Scott King. After a few words about Woodruff and Alan Greenspan, Keith brought us a shooting "caught on tape". Then KO violated all the laws of nutrition, and decided to go for dessert before he was half way through the meal.
The "worst person" segment was pushed up to the first half hour, with Olby objecting to Bill O'Reilly's Monday talking points memo. Keith did his translation shtick again, going line by line over Mr Bill's points and making the snark. This would have been an ideal time for KO to fess up and admit to his false story from Friday, but Keith don't need no stinkin' corrections. An obsessed Olby (aka The Liar) teased this segment with a banner reading "Factor Fiction". That's the banner he should have used on Friday, but The Liar still has that beam in his eye.
State of the Union speeches of the past, via another NBC rerun, preceded another giggly session with Craig Crawford. Olbermann's Brain was his usual lickspittle self, immediately congratulating The Liar on O'Reilly attack #59. Olby hardly needed him at all, declaring that the Bush proposals are "bland", he's probably going to leave "a bad taste in the mouth", and his last year was "bad". How bad?
The worst year of the Presidency.
Not the worst of his Presidency. The worst of the Presidency. Then for the second time Keith brought up his new spin, that George Bush is on tv too much. Brain fell right into line. And because he just isn't getting enough time on MSNBC tonight, Chris Matthews shows up. What, you thought Olby would bring on A-Mess-NBC's token conservative, Joe Scarborough? Once more KO complained about the President holding too many news conferences, and Chris ingratiated himself by referencing Bill O'Reilly. The Liar brought up Cindy Sheehan (for the umpteenth time), whom Matthews seems to view as "a sort of burlesque of antiwar people".
Then the good news: the Hour of Spin ended ten minutes early. For us it was like an early parole. As we settle back for the big speech, we wonder: just what will be in O'Reilly's talking points memo on Wednesday?