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In his on-going effort to boost Barack Obama and slander John McCain, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann spares no one. Two days ago he launched a bitter personal attack on Paula Abeles--an attack that was such a stretch it even left The Pundit for All Occasions puzzled as to just how Oralmann could insinuate someone is a racist with so little to base it on:
OLBERMANN: Paulie Abeles, a self-proclaimed Clinton supporter now reaching out to the McCain campaign, going so far to organize a conference call with the presumptive Republican candidate. She is the same member of the Thomas Jefferson Family Association who led the attempt to keep African-American descendants of Mr. Jefferson's reputed slave mistress, Sally Hemings, from attending family reunions.... And we need to be very careful to be very circumspect and not conclude this of all or even a large percentage, maybe even a measurable percentage of Clinton supporters who now have gone to McCain. But at least might the case of this Paulie Abeles woman who we now know organized against letting Sally Hemings' descendents join the Jefferson family gatherings, does this begin to make a lot more sense than just some sort of knee-jerk reaction?
FINEMAN: Well, I'm not sure what you mean by making a lot more sense. What do you mean?
OLBERMANN: It would seem to me that--that it's an extraordinary coincidence that somebody who would have objected to the presence of the black descendants of Thomas Jefferson at the Jefferson family reunion, suddenly bolting the Democratic Party because her candidate did not get elected and going over to the Republicans. It would seem that these things are of a narrow vision. I'm not assuming racism here, but there seems to be a narrow vision of what is--what this country is in the 21st century.
No, he's not assuming racism. He only brings up a totally irrelevant incident from the far past regarding people related to Thomas Jefferson's black mistress, mentions that the mistress was African-American, then mentions again that her descendants are black (just in case you didn't get that the first two times), and sneers what an "extraordinary coincidence" it is that this woman now won't fall into line for Obama. The most repellent aspect here may not be Monkeymann's smear, but rather his phony, utterly unconvincing attempt to escape responsibility for his own words by tacking on a "Who, me?" coda that he thinks will innoculate him for his vile slur.
No, he's not assuming racism. Tell that to the people who have tormented Ms Abeles and her family with threats since Herr Olbermann spewed his smear. Perhaps her story will put a new light on Olbermoronn's legendary finger-pointing at Malkin, Coulter, and others for speech that he says "inspires" threats of violence. Is it time for Edward R Olbermann to name himself worst person?
Paula Abeles, June 20 2008: