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It is, at least, one small wish come true for yours truly. I've been waiting for the time, waiting for the opportunity, for Keith Olbermann to prove me right. All it took was one silly little vote in Congress. Something about money. And the war. But, man, did it give KO the chance to turn on the Democrats. Yup, he turned on them big time. I, for one, was glad to see it. Not so much because they deserve it (and they do), but because I've always thought that he'd take on a failing Democratic administration just as ardently as he does the Bush Administration.
Granted, he did throw in a bit of Bush-Bashing, just for good measure. I thoroughly enjoyed reading through the comments after Robert posted the "Special Comment" summary, although my eyes do begin to glass over after watching certain people attack each other, rather than debate the issue. Thus is the simultaneous joy and despair of jumping into an online debate.
There was (in the comments) some criticism of Keith BECAUSE he nailed the Democrats, a move perceived as just "going along" with all of the liberal bloggers who were also upset. That, to me, is quite similar to criticising Bill O'Reilly for siding with the John Boehners of the world, who consistently champion the Iraq Occupation. I don't see much of that going on.
If the Dems live up to the chatter from their corner today, KO will be back beating on Bush before you know it. Then, all will be right with the world. You'll once again have your daily ration of fresh meat to devour. As for me, I'll continue to watch the debate, quietly shaking my head at all the ruckus, and waiting for the next chance for Keith to prove me right. If the Dems do get back on their predicted track, I may have to wait until 2009 to see if he lives up to my predictions on an ongoing basis.
I think he can do it. In the meantime, my next "milestone" will be when his first segment appears on NBC Nightly News. Will we see the "Special Comment" persona? Or a more demure KO for the parent network? I predict we'll see the first of those in the next month or so. The new Executive Producer has the segments on her "crazy person list". My vote? They'll let him have pretty much free reign, but I don't think he'll be allowed to hit the "bug-eyed" point that he's famous for. No, check that. I think he's smart enough to tone it down a bit. A BIT. But, they want him for the "edge" he can provide. Goodness knows, they need a bump right now. Something more than a new "World Headquarters" at 30 Rock can provide.