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October 21, 2008

Keith Olbermann Last Night

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Transcript via (Crooksandliars):
I have frequently insisted I would never turn the platform of the Special Comment into a regular feature.

But as these last two weeks of this extraordinary, and extraordinarily disturbing, presidential campaign project out in front of us, I fear I may have to temporarily amend that presumption.

I hope it will be otherwise, but I suspect this will be the first of nightly pieces, most shorter than this... until further notice. And thus a Special Comment tonight about the last five days of the divisive, ugly, paranoid bleatings of this Presidential race, culminating in the sliming of Colin Powell for his endorsement of Senator Obama.

There was once a very prominent sportswriter named Dick Young whose work, with ever-increasing frequency, became peppered with references to "my America."

"I can't believe this is happening in My America"... -- "we do not tolerate these people in My America" -- "this man does not belong in my America".

His America gradually revealed itself.

Insular. Isolationist. Backwards-looking. Mindlessly flag-waving. Racist. No second chances. A million rules, but only for the other guy.

Dick Young died in 1987, but he has been re-born in the presidential campaign as it has unfolded since last Thursday night.

In that time, Governor Sarah Palin, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, McCain spokesperson Nancy Pfotenhauer, and Rush Limbaugh, have revealed that there is a measurable portion of this country that is not interested in that which the vast majority view as democracy or equality or opportunity.

They want only... control -- and they want the rest of us, symbolically, perhaps physically... out. Governor Palin:

"We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington D.C.," you told a fund-raiser in North Carolina last Thursday, to kick off this orgy of condescending elitism. "We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, very pro-America areas of this great nation." Governor, your prejudice is overwhelming.

It is not just "pockets" of this country that are "pro-America" Governor.

America... is "pro-America."

And the "Real America" of yours, Governor, is where people at your rallies shout threats of violence, against other Americans, and you say nothing about them or to them.

What you are seeing is not patriotism, Governor.

What has surrounded you since your nomination, has been the echoing shout of mob rule. Indeed, that shout has echoed to Minnesota, where the next day an unstable Congresswoman named Michele Bachmann added to the ugly cry.

"I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America, or anti-America. I think people would love to see an expose' like that."

For nearly two years, Ms. Bachmann, who made her first political bones by keeping the movie "Aladdin" from being shown at a Minnesota Charter School because she thought it promoted paganism and witchcraft, has had a seat in the government of this nation, a seat from which she has spewed the most implausible, hateful, narrow-minded garbage imaginable.

Well, Congresswoman, you have gotten that "expose'" you wanted, have you not?

Though not perhaps in the way you imagined.

Since giving voice to your remarkable delusion that there are members of Congress who are "anti-America," and the extraordinary tap-dance of sleaze and innuendo about Senator Obama which followed...

...the challenger for your house Seat, Elwyn Tinklenberg, has been inundated by donations -- 700 thousand dollars in the three days after you spoke.

Because the America you perceive, Congresswoman -- with its goblins and ghosts and vast unseen hordes of traitors and fellow travelers and Senators who won't ban "Aladdin" -- exists only in your head, and in the heads of the others who must rationalize the failures in their own lives and of their own policies as somebody else's fault -- as a conspiracy to deny them an America of exclusionism and religious orthodoxy and prejudice, about which they must accuse, and murmur, and shout threats, and cleave the nation into pro-America and anti-America."

And back it comes to the McCain campaign.

And Senator McCain's talking head, Ms. Pfotenhauer, who on this very network Saturday, and seemingly without the slightest idea that dismissive prejudice dripped from every word, analyzed the race in Virginia.

"I can tell you that the Democrats have just come in from the District of Columbia and moved into northern Virginia," she said. "But the rest of the state, 'real Virginia,' if you will, I think will be very responsive to Senator McCain's message."

Again, a toxic message...

The parts of the country that agree with Nancy Pfotenhauer... are real -- the others, not.

Ms. Pfotenhauer, why not go the distance on this one?

It was Senator McCain's own brother who called that part of Virginia nearest Washington "communist country."

Cut to the chase, Madam.

No matter the intended comic hyperbole of Joe McCain...

This is the point -- isn't it?

Leave out the real meaning of "Communism," Madam -- Joe McCain reduced it to a buzz-word; it has no more true definition right now than does "Socialism," or the phrase "a man who sees America like you and I see America."

It's about us... and them.

The pro-... and the anti.

Never mind, Madam, that the bi-secting of this country you would happily inspire, means taking a tiny crack in a dam and not repairing it but burrowing into it.

It is not enough that Senator McCain and Senator Obama might differ.

One must be real and the other false.

One must be pro-America and the other anti.

Go back and -- as your boss Rick Davis said today -- "re-think," Mr. McCain's insistence not to drag the sorry bones of Jeremiah Wright into this campaign.

And whatever you do, Ms. Pfotenhauer, allow no one enough time to think... about the widening crack in the dam.

And now all of this comes together to attack Colin Powell.

"Secretary Powell says his endorsement is not about race," writes Rush Limbaugh... the grand wizard of this school of reactionary non-thought.

"OK, fine. I am now researching his past endorsements to see if I can find all the inexperienced, very liberal, white candidates he has endorsed. I'll let you know what I come up with."

It is not conceivable that Powell might reject McCain for the politics of hate and character assassination, or just for policy.

In the closed, sweaty world of the blind allegiances of Limbaugh -- one of "us" who endorses one of "them," must be doing so for some other blind allegiance, like the color of skin.

The answer to this primordial muck, must be addressed to one man only.

Senator McCain -- where are you?

I disagree with you on virtually every major point of policy and practice.

And yet I do not think you "anti-America." I would not hesitate to join you in time of crisis in defense of this country.

Fortunately you did not echo this chorus of base hatred.

But neither have you repudiated it.

What is "pro-America", Senator?

Is it pro-America to call a man a racist because he endorses a different candidate?

Senator, you have based your campaign on many premises, but the foremost (and the most nearly admirable) of all of them, have been the pitches about "reaching across the aisle," and putting, as your ubiquitous banners reed, "country first."

So when Colin Powell endorses your opponent, you say nothing as your supporters and proxies paint him in this "Anti-America" frame and place him in Governor Palin's un-real America.

Senator McCain -- did not General Powell just "reach across the aisle?" Did he not, in his own mind at least, "put country first?"

Is it not your responsibility, Senator, to, if not applaud, then at least quiet those in your half of our fractured political equation?

Is it not your responsibility, Senator, to say "enough" to Republican smears without end?

Is it not your responsibility, Senator, to insist that, win or lose, you will not be party to a campaign that devolves into hatred and prejudice and divisiveness?

And Senator McCain, if it is not your responsibility... whose is it?
In case you missed it.

8 comments:

John K. said...

John K: Powell, slime? It was the left that called Powell a House (insert the proper word here) on national TV backed up Olbermouth. Did you think we lost the tapes? LOL LOL LOL It was the left that tore into Powell for making the case that there were WMDs in Iraq. Oh how short the memory of left wing kooks are. Did you lefties forget all that. LOL LOL LMAO OLbermouth is funny. A man with no principles who speaks to left wing kooks with similar principles.

EdHeath said...

Kind of like Limbaugh on the right (with no principles) speaks to right wing kooks such as yourself, who have no principles.

How'd the WMD work out for y'all, John K.? Ready to admit the administration fixed the evidence, so that people like Powell unwittingly lied?

And by the way, it is Rush Limbaugh who now attacks Colin Powell's integrity, so I guess the right has decided it is OK after all. Not particularly the moral high ground, is it?

Not to mention that the post is about how John McCain's campaign is pushing the split between red America and blue America, pushing conservatives to fear and hate liberals. Do you really think that is a good thing?

kimber45 said...

johnk,

It was Harry Bellafonte who referred to Colin Powell as a house slave. Mr. Bellafonte speaks for himself. He has no constituency that I am aware of.

I know of no other source for that comment. You've brought it up at least twice, now.

How does Harry Bellafonte's comment, made quite a while ago, in any way diminish Colin Powell's endorsement, now?

John K. said...

John K: No when Belafonte said that the conservatives like me defended him. The left applauded and supported the statement. It furthered their agenda. Shows how fair minded the left is.

John K. said...

John K: By the way, Mark Foley, remember him left wing kooks. The left now supports him because the other day he came out in support of Hussein Obama. Like I said you folks have no principles other than power and how you can use it against people who oppose you.

John K. said...

John K: And Kimber do not forget, because we haven't, the racial terms you lefties used against Dr. Rice. Gen Betrayus anyone. LOL LOL LMAO You can't escape your past.

kimber45 said...

Ummm, johnk, you must have been foaming at the mouth when you posted this:

" No when Belafonte said that the conservatives like me defended him. The left applauded and supported the statement. It furthered their agenda. Shows how fair minded the left is."

But, then, it makes as much sense as anything else you post here.

jaywillie said...

Put the crack pipe away, John K.