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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Krazy Keith roared back into action. The President "forgets his line. No comment on Syria and Israel" and a "final punch to the gut conveniently asked about the moveon.org ad." "Seriously" says Hauptmann, "after the 'swiftboating' of Kerry and the 'sandbagging' of Cleland." Speshul Komment plug on a "bad pun" from Moveon on the "President of hypocrisy." WW2 was "inevitable" unlike a war that was "sold to us." OJ Simpson's girlfriend speaks. "I came back for this," utters Keith. Speshul Education Komment plug.
I'm bumping this because I have been dead and thought people might be interested in discussing Olby's latest special ed comment. I'll move it back to its right place later tonight
#5: The Senate "toothlessly" condemned the ad by liberal Moveon.org. Twenty two Democrats acting like "Pavlov's Dogs" [Ding!] to the sound of a bell after 'Mister' Bush criticises MoveOn. Another attempt by Olbermahn at pretending he can be witty that falls flat. The "fallacy" of who's "really supporting the troops" continues. I guess that means MoveOn is really supporting those troops by saying a top General is betraying us, eh Keithy boy? "Mister Bush" throws everyone on the "enemies list." Fat Ass suggests he knows more than Petraeus because all of his information was "demonstrably false." "MoveOn.org had the guts to call [President Bush] on it." Another pathetic attempt to make "Mister Bush" look stupid because Jabba can't understand the idea that there were no great leaders to emerge after the fall of Saddam Hussein. That's because Saddam kills him all - but that makes no sense on Olby planet. "There are five things wrong with that analogy" declares Olbermann. What are those things? He doesn't say. Blackwater reference. "Mister Bush" makes it hard for middle income families to get health insurance. Of course. I always forget that Republicans want anyone who isn't rich to drop dead. Since Mister Bush wasn't a Rhodes Scholar, he's not qualified to be President. I wonder how well Kerry did at school? Oh wait, he wouldn't release his grades! Because he did worse than Bush! Here comes Dana Milbank, sporting some boring threads. Come on Dana, liven it up! Monkey Man declares it "Nonsense!" when Mister Bush says it's one thing to criticise him, it's another thing to attack somebody like Gen. Petraeus. Olbermann, baffled by 22 democrats voting with Republicans on the condemnation. Milbank, ever looking to suck up to Keithy, tells him that the President "looked to the back" and found Bill Sammon of the Washington Times (far right) and Fox News "Is that who that was? Oh god" blurts Olby. I am surprised his lackeys missed that in the first place. You'd think that would make WPITW material. "He served it up for the President." "They did not bring back habeous corpus (for terrorists - Keith leaves that out) or 'time for the troops' back home (aka backdoor way to end the war)," laments Keith. Ever the one for deep questions, Olby reaches deep for one about where the President's "accent went" when he refused to answer a question Israel's air raid on Syria. Apparently, he's required to answer all questions asked by hostile media on OlbyPlanet. Great thanks.
Speshul Komment plug.
#4: Bring in Loony Left Alter to play parrot. Love fest ensues. President Bush is "toxic." Republicans are not running away from him "yet." However, once the general campaign starts, they'll run away. They already are on some key votes like the "Jim Webb" bill which DIDN'T PASS because it won only 5 Republican votes. Some defection. The Republicans are "loving his fear platform." Time to prop up Keith Kandidate, Senator Clinton. She called the VP "Darth Vader." "OLBERMANN: Now what explains that, other than itâ€™s probably true?" Brilliant insight from Alter, "it's read meat for Democrats."
Speshul Komment plug AGAIN.
Oddball: Someone flips a tractor full of cold Bud Light with funny voice by Keith imitating commercial. A naked guy tries to rob a mini-mart. Penis joke in conjuction with "mini mart." Oh wait, it's a two-fer because the guy's name is "wag-WAG-ner." har. Eleven year old does bull fighting.
Best Persons in the World: Keith's doctor on his appendectomy. Comedian from Comedy Central. Some idiot pulled over dressed as bat girl. Paper throwing.
#3: Actual interview with Ken Burns on a WW2 documentary.
#2: Keeping tabs: OJ Simpson, The View
In the Media Matters minute, apparently limited to "politics of the moment", bronze to Michelle Malkin thanks to blug blog ThinkProgress. Silver, Bill O'Reilly for calling the student who tased in Florida a wimp. Thanks to CrooksAndLiars blue blog. Winner of the coveted gold? Bill-O again for asking viewers to DVR his show via ICN. Thanks to ICN, Spud makes a good point about the Olbypocrisy of talking about his "key demo" numbers but bashing O'Reilly. Also how Olbermann would have no way of knowing whether or not Nielson was angry.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's crash landed at an embarrassing #13,890 on amazon.com, but "Culture Warrior" is #2,870. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is MIA at Barnes and Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,858 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Thursday's Hour of Spin pulled a lame and pitiful third in the "key demo" and overall. Source. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 10 [SEVERE]
Worth reading before losing your lunch over Keith's ignorance: Michael Crowley (left leaning New Republic) writes about the victimization of Max Cleland and the bogus nature of it here. Also, "Mister Bush" called for the end of the airing of the "Swiftboat" ads which apparently were masterminded by Karl Rove. No mention on OlbyPlanet.
APPENDIX: Keith's Latest Speshul Education Komment
Finally tonight, as promised, a special comment on Mr. Bushâ€™s smear today of MoveOn.org, and in a larger context, his smear of criticism of his own political front men. With the president behaving a little more than usual like weâ€™d all interrupted him while he was watching his favorite cartoons on the DVR, stepped before the press conference microphone. And after side stepping most of the substantive issues, like the Israeli raid on Syria, in condescending and infuriating fashion, produced a big wow political finish that indicates certainly that if it was not already the annual Republican witch-hunting season, it is under way.
â€œI thought the ad was disgusting. I felt the ad was an attack not only on General Petraeus, but on the U.S. military. And I was disappointed that not more leaders in the Democrat party spoke out strongly against that kind of ad. That leads me to come to this conclusion that most Democrats are afraid of irritating a left-wing group like MoveOn.org, or more afraid of irritating them than they are of irritating the United States military. That was a sorry deal.â€
First off, itâ€™s Democratic party, sir. You keep pretending youâ€™re not a politician, so stop using words your party made up. Show a little respect. Secondly, you could say this seriously after the advertising mugging of Senator Max Cleland, after the Swift Boating of John Kerry? But most importantly, making that the last question, a plant so that there was no chance at a follow up, and so nobody could point out, as Chris Matthews did so incisively a week ago tonight, that you were the one who inappropriately interjected General Petraeus into the political dialogue of this nation in the first place, deliberately, premeditatedly and virtually without precedent.
You Shanghaied a military man as your personal spokesman and now youâ€™re complaining about the outcome, and then running away from the microphone? Eleven months ago, the presidentâ€™s own party, the Republican National Committee, introduced this very different kind of advertisement just 19 days before the midterm elections. Bin Laden and Zawahiri rumored quote of six years ago about having brought suitcase bombs, all set against a ticking clock, and finally a blinding explosion and the dire announcement, these are the stakes. Vote November 7th.
That one was OK, Mr. Bush? Terrorizing your own people in hopes of getting them to vote for your own party has never brought as much as a public comment from you. The Republican ham-stringing of Captain Max Cleland and the lying about Lieutenant John Kerry, those met with your approval? But a shot at General Petraeus, about whom you conveniently ignore it is you who reduced him from four-star hero to political hack, that merits this pithy, juvenile blast at the Democrats on national television?
Your hypocrisy is so vast, sir, that if we could somehow use it to fill the ranks in Iraq, you could realize your dreams and keep us fighting there until the year 3000. The line between the military and the civilian government is not to be crossed. When Douglas MacArthur attempted to make policy for the United States in Korea half a century ago, President Truman moved quickly to fire him, even though Truman knew it meant his own political suicide, and deification of a general who history suggests had begun to lose his mind.
When George McClellan tried to make policy for the Union in the Civil War, President Lincoln finally fired his chief general, even though he knew McClellan could galvanize political opposition, as he did, when McClellan ran as Lincolnâ€™s presidential opponent in 1864, and nearly defeated our greatest president. Even when the conduit flowed the other way, and Senator Joseph McCarthy tried to smear the Army because it would not defer the service of one of McCarthyâ€™s staff aides, the entire civilian and Defense Department structures, after four years of fearful servitude, rose up against McCarthy and said enough, and buried him.
The list is not endless. But it is instructive. Air Force General LeMay, who broke with Kennedy of the Cuban Missile Crisis and was retired, Army General Edwin Anderson Walker, who started passing out John Birch Society leaflets to his soldiers and was fired. Marine General Smedley Butler, who revealed to Congress the makings of a plot to remove FDR as president, and for merely having been approached by the plotters was phased out of the military hierarchy.
These careers were ended because the line between the military and the civilian is not to be crossed. Mr. Bush, you had no right to order General Petraeus to become your front man. And he obviously should have refused that order, and resigned rather than ruin his military career. The upshot is, and contrary it is to the MoveOn advertisement, he betrayed himself more than he did us. But there has been in his action a sort of reflective courage, some twisted vision of duty at a time much crisis.
The man does not understand that serving officers cannot double as serving political ops is not so much his fault as it is your good exploitable fortune. Mr. Bush, you have hidden behind the generalâ€™s skirts, and today you have hidden behind the skirts of the planted last question at a news conference to indicate, once again, that your presidency has been about the tilted playing field, about no rules for your party, in terms of character assassination, and changing the fabric of our nation, and no right for your opponents or critics to as much as respond.
That, sir, is not only un-American, it is dictatorial. And in pimping General David Petraeus, sir, in violation of everything this country has been assiduously and vigilantly against for 220 years, you have tried to blur the gleaming radioactive demarcation between the military and the political, and to portray your party as the one associated with the military and your opponents as the ones somehow antithetical to it.
You did it again today, sir, and you need to know how history will judge that line you just crossed. It is a line, thankfully only the first of a series of lines that makes the military political and the political military. It is a line which history shows is always the first one crossed when a Democratic government in some other country has started down the long, slippery, suicidal slope towards a military Junta. Get back behind that line, Mr. Bush, before some of your supporters mistake your dangerous and stupid transgression as a call to further politicize our military.
Good night and good luck.