Olby: Obama won’t get renominated if tax deal goes through

posted at 2:15 pm on December 8, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

How angry has the professional Left become? Their oracle on MSNBC isn’t just warning that Barack Obama won’t get re-elected after cutting a deal with Republicans, but won’t even be on the ticket come November 2012. Keith Olbermann warned in his Special Comment last night that Obama won’t survive a primary challenge if he persists, because Democrats and progressives are wedded to principles, not personalities:

Er, doesn’t the nomination of Obama in 2008 more or less rebut that notion? Obama didn’t offer any different rhetoric than did John Edwards did, or even Bill Richardson, who was a lot more experienced and qualified as an executive (and in foreign affairs) than Obama. The only real argument for Obama over Hillary Clinton (who was playing all the populist cards at the end, too) was “change” over experience, and Obama’s supposed charisma over Hillary’s baggage.

Beyond that, though, has a sitting president ever been denied the nomination of his party for re-election? None comes to mind, especially in the modern era. LBJ may have come the closest, with a narrow victory in New Hampshire in 1968 enough to push him into retirement. Nor is Obama likely to be the first to lose it. His strong support from African-Americans won’t change no matter how many Special Comments Olbermann launches, and Democrats can’t afford to alienate that bloc in 2012, and not just in the presidential election. A poor turnout among black voters will doom their Senatorial incumbents as well. Splitting the party along progressive lines will doom Democrats across the country in yet another wave election.

If anything, Obama might prevent getting a challenge from the old DLC wing of the party with this deal, and that would be much better for him in the long run. If Evan Bayh (as an example) ran against him in the primaries, Obama would have to run all over again as a progressive, which won’t be the path to re-election, if one exists at all.

Update: Rob Port notes that Olby went for the crazy in another part of last night’s Countdown:

“I will confess I won’t fight if anyone wants to draw a comparison between what you’ve done with our domestic policies of our day to what Neville Chamberlain did with the domestic policies of his,” says Olbermann. The reference is to Neville Chamberlain who, as Prime Minister of Great Britain, infamously cut a deal with Hitler (that Hitler subsequently broke to the surprise of nobody except Chamberlain) and proclaimed “peace in our time.”

Because, in Oblermann’s [sic] world, Republicans are Nazis and the Bush tax cuts are like Hitler’s invasion of Czechoslovakia.

Unless Olbermann has something else other than the Munich capitulation in mind (does anyone care about Chamberlain’s tax policies?), then this is both incoherent and, well, idiotic.  It takes Obama’s “hostage takers” and raises it a couple of Nazis.  Ironically, Chamberlain’s domestic policies were strikingly progressive.  He nationalized the British coal industry, limited working hours, forced paid holidays onto the private sector, and extended rent controls.  If Olbermann has an objection to Chamberlain’s domestic policies, I’m sure his audience would be interested in hearing it.

Also, Hitler invaded Poland, not Czechoslovakia — because Chamberlain made invasion unnecessary.  They gave away the Sudetenland to Hitler, who quietly took the rest six months later.

Update II: Commenters make a good argument that Hitler invaded the rest of Czechoslovakia in March 1939.  It was more an annexation by military deployment; there wasn’t any organized resistance, mainly because Munich had neutered Czechoslovakia.  But still, point taken; it certainly wasn’t an Anschluss.

Update III: Stacy McCain has the full transcript, and Rob misquoted Olby in one key way, emphasis mine:

I don’t want to make any true comparison to the historical event to which it related; the viewer can go ahead and look it up if they wish; I will confess I won’t fight if anybody wants to draw a comparison between what you’ve done with our domestic politics of our day, to what Neville Chamberlain did with the international politics of his.

So Olby didn’t confuse domestic and foreign policy as indicated in Rob’s post — but he still “won’t fight” a comparison between Obama negotiating with Republicans and Chamberlain negotiating with Nazis.


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When you’ve lost Olby…

Khun Joe on December 8, 2010 at 2:16 PM

because Democrats and progressives are wedded to principles, not personalities

Hey Keef, He Won. You can’t just listen to Keith Olberman in this (DC) town and expect to get anything done.

messages.

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Oh please. Keith Olbermann will be the first in line to tongue-bath President BroBama as we approach the [actual] general election.

Jeddite on December 8, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Olby is filled with wind and bluster. In the end, he’ll dust off his pom-poms for Obama like a good little progressive, and blush when the Big “O” catches his eye.

skree on December 8, 2010 at 2:19 PM

When you’ve lost Obly….. you have found the nation.

jake-the-goose on December 8, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Keef would cheer only if Mr. Obama were beating conservatives over the head with a bat (using his limp, sissy throwing arm).

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 2:21 PM

When you’ve lost Olby…

Khun Joe on December 8, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Seriously, would anyone really claim him?

upinak on December 8, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Also, Hitler invaded Poland, not Czechoslovakia — because Chamberlain made invasion unnecessary. They gave away the Sudetenland to Hitler, who quietly took the rest six months later.

Well marching into Prague in March 39 could be called an invasion without a shot. That action is often overlooked but that’s really when everyone realized there would be war. That was the first acquisition of lebensraum that did not involve adding to the Reich land with German speakers.

Oh and Olby is an idiot.

Ted Torgerson on December 8, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Meh, Keef is just talk’in out his arse cause his mouth knows better.

SHARPTOOTH on December 8, 2010 at 2:22 PM

He won’t get re-elected if it doesn’t go thorough either. How sad for the Bamster…

Ltlgeneral64 on December 8, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Does anybody even care what this doofus thinks?

His opinions are about as insightful as your average pile of dog p00p.

UltimateBob on December 8, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Keef is so fickle…

d1carter on December 8, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Er, doesn’t the nomination of Obama in 2008 more or less rebut that notion?

umm no, because the principle of “a black guy gets to put the white guy under his thumb” was the one they used back then.

principles.

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 2:23 PM

That picture of Olbermann always reminds me of Ed Grimley (Martin Short’s character) from SCTV…too funny!

Jenfidel on December 8, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Seriously, would anyone really claim him?

upinak on December 8, 2010 at 2:21 PM

betcha alan grayson would…Hey, didja hear Grayson lost by EIGHTEEN POINTS!?

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 2:24 PM

“There are finally those within his own party who have had enough. In the Senate the independent Mr. Sanders has threatened to filibuster this deal”

That does not make sense. Does anyone read over his rants before he goes on air?

forest on December 8, 2010 at 2:25 PM

That picture of Olbermann always reminds me of Ed Grimley (Martin Short’s character) from SCTV…too funny!

Jenfidel on December 8, 2010 at 2:23 PM

keef pulls his trousers up to his armpits like grimley did. The only difference is that grimley was both funny….and talented.

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Olby 2012!

JetBoy on December 8, 2010 at 2:25 PM

so stupid.

rob verdi on December 8, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Also, Hitler invaded Poland, not Czechoslovakia — because Chamberlain made invasion unnecessary. They gave away the Sudetenland to Hitler, who quietly took the rest six months later.

I think more historians considers the direct rebut to Chamberlain’s “Peace in our time” being Hitlers’ takeover of Czechoslovakia, which supposedly was to be prevented in the Munich agreement Chamberlained bragged about. Poland’s invasion came later.

Norwegian on December 8, 2010 at 2:25 PM

If KO makes a prediction on MSDNC, does anyone hear it?

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Czechoslovakia [sic].

Why the “sic” after Czechoslovakia? It’s spelled correctly, isn’t it?

UltimateBob on December 8, 2010 at 2:26 PM

betcha alan grayson would…Hey, didja hear Grayson lost by EIGHTEEN POINTS!?

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 2:24 PM

who?

upinak on December 8, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Oh please. Keith Olbermann will be the first in line to tongue-bath President BroBama as we approach the [actual] general election.

Jeddite on December 8, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Agreed. No surprise that when Hardball covered Elizabeth Edward’s death that fact was too much to swallow and Tingles, Mark Halperin, and -forget her name, but some “anchor babe” as Rush would say – began to white-wash John Edwards.
Seems he’s just a quirky, confusing young man. Poor guy.

Marcus on December 8, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Obama can’t be primaried because the black vote would be lost in 2012. There are only 2 scenarios where the Dems could successfully field another candidate in 2012:

1) Obama pulls a LBJ and refuses to run for reelection. Highly doubtful given the ego of this guy. Plus what sane Democrat(I know, oxymoron) would wanna follow in the footsteps of an incumbent President who sucked so bad at his job that he declined to run again?

2) A black candidate challenges Obama in the primaries. The problem there is the bench is very thin for the Dems when it comes to electable minority candidates. In fact, I can’t think of any right now. No one from the CBC would be able to win a single state in the general election. Harold Ford Jr. has been out of politics too long to be a viable contender. Who else is there?

So the Dems have tied their fate to Obama and now they’re stuck with the guy. Libtards like Uberdouche can issue threats all they want, but they know there’s nothing they can do to force him out in 2012.

Doughboy on December 8, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Democrats and progressives are wedded to principles, not personalities:

So all of the progressives & moronic Dems back in the 1920′s & such that were visiting Lenin & later Stalin agreed with those guys’ principles?
Wow. They are more evil than I thought.

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Keith Olberman is not a very bright individual, but he is a hate spewing, bigoted, racist, misogynist, mean spirited man.

If a person like Keith Olberman can have his own television program and earn millions of dollars, while not really have much of a viewing audience compared to FOX News and other programs which out draw him, then I could have my own program as well.

I cannot do much worse than Olberman.

William2006 on December 8, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Does he often wear a brown suit on his show? If so, I wonder why.

A Balrog of Morgoth on December 8, 2010 at 2:28 PM

EMPTY HACK BUFFOON

He is the definition of a DOLT.S

Synonyms: airhead, birdbrain, blockhead, bonehead, bubblehead, chowderhead, chucklehead, clodpoll (or clodpole), clot [British], cluck, clunk, cretin, cuddy (or cuddie) [British dialect], deadhead, dim bulb [slang], dimwit, dip, dodo, idiot, donkey, doofus [slang], dope, dork [slang], dullard, dumbbell, dumbhead, dum-dum, dummkopf, dummy, dunce, dunderhead, fathead, gander, golem, goof, goon, half-wit, hammerhead, hardhead, ignoramus, imbecile, jackass, know-nothing, knucklehead, lamebrain, loggerhead [chiefly dialect], loon, lump, lunkhead, meathead, mome [archaic], moron, mug [chiefly British], mutt, natural, nimrod [slang], nincompoop, ninny, ninnyhammer, nit [chiefly British], nitwit, noddy, noodle, numskull (or numbskull), oaf, pinhead, prat [British], ratbag [chiefly Australian], saphead, schlub (also shlub) [slang], schnook [slang], simpleton, stock, stupe, stupid, thickhead, turkey, woodenhead, yahoo, yo-yo

Opposite Day on December 8, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Why the “sic” after Czechoslovakia? It’s spelled correctly, isn’t it?

UltimateBob on December 8, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Yeah, looks to be spelled correctly…unless the “sic” is there because it’s two countries now instead of one.

JetBoy on December 8, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Who still watches Keith, other than by force? You know…when you go to the nut house, and the residents are all in the community hall, being forced to watch whatever the staff flips the channel to!

If anyone is voluntarily watching this ditty bag, then perhaps they should seek professional help.

capejasmine on December 8, 2010 at 2:29 PM

They know he isn’t going to win in 2012…they are laying the groundwork now so that in 2012 they can claim it was because he wasn’t socialist enough.

Conservative Voice on December 8, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Czechoslovakia [sic].

Why the “sic” after Czechoslovakia? It’s spelled correctly, isn’t it?

UltimateBob on December 8, 2010 at 2:26 PM

I think that applies to the use of the word “invasion”.

forest on December 8, 2010 at 2:29 PM

That picture of Olbermann always reminds me of Ed Grimley (Martin Short’s character) from SCTV…too funny!

Jenfidel on December 8, 2010 at 2:23 PM

keef pulls his trousers up to his armpits like grimley did. The only difference is that grimley was both funny….and talented.

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 2:25 PM

(hands on hips) “I MUST say!”

Patrick S on December 8, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Waiting for crr6′s outrage, at this unnecessary commentary. ;)

capejasmine on December 8, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Democrats and progressives are wedded to principles, not personalities

Isn’t it nice for these people that those things can change for them which ever way the winds of opportunity are blowing?

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Olby ought do a show with O’Donnell (and I don’t mean Norah). The strained historical comparisons would be a sight to behold.

mwbri on December 8, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Hope. Change.

MadisonConservative on December 8, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Olberdolt at his finest! Why does everything he says sound like its coming from screeching owl?

belad on December 8, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Democrats had the first 6 months or so to extend the tax cuts for all but the wealthiest, and Republicans couldn’t do one damn thing to stop it. After the Scott Brown election, the Democrats had about 18 months to use budget reconciliation to extend the cuts for all but the wealthiest — true, that would have required them to actually make a budget.

And now that the Republicans are poised to take one house of Congress, Dear Liar caves, while getting a 13 month extension of unemployment insurance, and the Left is ready to throw The Whine under the bus solely over the wealthies 1% keeping the same tax rate that they currently have? Really? Menshevik – Bolshevik fights are so funny.

rbj on December 8, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Why does everything he says sound like its coming from screeching owl?

belad on December 8, 2010 at 2:33 PM

That’s what happens when you don’t have any more testoerone & have been neutered.

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Is MSNBC still on the air? I heard that Comcast was buying MSNBC. Then I might pay attention. But what will happen to that moron Olberboyy, or the talking rear end of a horse Mr. Ed, or that slick guy Maddow?

afotia on December 8, 2010 at 2:36 PM

To answer your question, Franklin Pierce lost the Democratic nomination in his reelection bid in 1856. The only time that it has happened as far as I know.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Pierce

JamesB on December 8, 2010 at 2:37 PM

His strong support from African-Americans won’t change …

The absolute reality of this is perhaps the single most racist thing I have witnessed in my adult life.

oldfiveanddimer on December 8, 2010 at 2:39 PM

So they won’t vote for Obama if he running against say… Palin?

So they will all vote for say… Hillary in the primaries? The historic first black president won’t even get a chance to run for a second term? That ought to excite the “black vote”.

jeffn21 on December 8, 2010 at 2:39 PM

betcha alan grayson would…Hey, didja hear Grayson lost by EIGHTEEN POINTS!?

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 2:24 PM

..TOO GOOD not to re-live..

(Ted, sorry for the cheap,shameless blog plug; I was too lazy to look for the original link.)

The War Planner on December 8, 2010 at 2:41 PM

I think that having someone primary Obama is the worst-case scenario for conservatives. He’ll face a challenger who’s ever further to the left than he is, and it would give him a chance to paint himself as centrist to indies. We’ll see…

joejm65 on December 8, 2010 at 2:42 PM

If that’s true, then let’s make sure we get this passed. The left thinks they can run someone even MORE liberal than Obama and win? I for one would be happy to show them the error of that line of thinking.

At the least, a primary fight for Obama would really hurt his chances in the general election. Historically, incumbent Presidents who are challenged for the nomination end up losing in the general.

hawksruleva on December 8, 2010 at 2:42 PM

A poor turnout among black voters will doom their Senatorial incumbents as well. Splitting the party along progressive lines will doom Democrats across the country in yet another wave election.

This sounds like a perfect recipe for another tsunami. Surfboards and popcorn highly recommended.

Rovin on December 8, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Since Olby et al are now off the Obama bandwagon and have some serious crticism, does that not make them racist given the standard in the last two years? Pot meet Kettle, LOL.

Abelman on December 8, 2010 at 2:43 PM

All this Sabre Rattling from Olby and the rest of the unhinged Left is ridiculous.

Because when __________ wins the Republican Nomination, and it comes down to Obama Vs. __________, they will be falling over themselves to cover Obama’s butt and make sure he gets elected.

portlandon on December 8, 2010 at 2:44 PM

..TOO GOOD not to re-live..

The War Planner on December 8, 2010 at 2:41 PM

tru dat!

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 2:45 PM

GE executives are not going to allow Olbermoron to slam BO too hard……they have their limits and Olbermoron is an immaterial element in GE’s business plan.

David in ATL on December 8, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Ooo, blue on blue!

So Olby is willing to write off the Black vote for Progressive Orthodoxy? RAAAACIIISSTTTT!!!!!!11eleventy!

Iblis on December 8, 2010 at 2:45 PM

The absolute reality of this is perhaps the single most racist thing I have witnessed in my adult life.

oldfiveanddimer on December 8, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Does that make it less true? You think a 95% voting block conditioned to a)support their own and b)respond to class and race warfare will suddenly weigh the individual issues and carefully choose the candidate who has the best plan to help their lives?

If you think that, you’ve haven’t paid attention to election results for several decades. Or even Charlie Rangel’s recent re-election.

hawksruleva on December 8, 2010 at 2:46 PM

It just amazes me that some people out there actually still give a flying flaming rat’s patootie in space what Olbermann says about anything.

Olbermann is a blowhard of the absolute lowest caliber.

pilamaye on December 8, 2010 at 2:47 PM

The hostage taker in Chief didn’t seem to mind holding the poor or the middle class hostage when he supported raising everybody’s taxes before he was against it.

And what part of any death tax is double taxation and theft libs don’t get?

Speakup on December 8, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Hold your breath, Olby. Please.

Machiavelli Hobbes on December 8, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Wait. Olbermann isn’t a fan of Neville Chamberlain?

hawksruleva on December 8, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Ed:

Beyond that, though, has a sitting president ever been denied the nomination of his party for re-election? None comes to mind, especially in the modern era.

I think President Chester Arthur was the last. He was thrown under the bus ..er.. carriage for James G. “Jingo Jim” Blaine in 1884.

irishspy on December 8, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Also, Hitler invaded Poland, not Czechoslovakia — because Chamberlain made invasion unnecessary. They gave away the Sudetenland to Hitler, who quietly took the rest six months later.

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?!?!??!?!?

NO!!!!

Talon on December 8, 2010 at 2:51 PM

My guess is that BHO won’t be re-elected PERIOD. His magic dust is gone. Enough of the Independants realize he is an insane socialist with hatred for the US. He won’t be re-elected anyway.

SgtRed on December 8, 2010 at 2:51 PM

And, yet, for all those months leading up to the actual Presidential campaign, remember back in 2008, we were told time and time again that Obama could do no wrong, was the smartest candidate ever, and was infallible…

Gee, what changed? :-)

coldwarrior on December 8, 2010 at 2:51 PM

WTF?

All this because we want the tax rates to remain unchanged?????

Obama actually came out ahead because he got a 35% increase in the death tax and an unemployment “insurance” extension. All the Republicans got was the status quo.

WTF. Look, you lunatics on the left … your dear entitlement programs are unsustainable. They’re killing us and you could tax the “rich” 100% and it won’t even come close to paying for it. It’s over. Either we experience some pain now, or experience a lot of pain later. There are no other options and buddy if it’s later all bets are off because the US will be a chaotic zoo.

darwin on December 8, 2010 at 2:52 PM

It just amazes me that some people out there actually still give a flying flaming rat’s patootie in space what Olbermann says about anything.

Olbermann is a blowhard of the absolute lowest caliber.

pilamaye on December 8, 2010 at 2:47 PM

At this point, Olby is mainly a source of amusement for conservatives. He’s a source of fodder for opinion pieces, but doesn’t really force any movement on any issue.

hawksruleva on December 8, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Wait, it was a special comment? Then it must be important.

angryed on December 8, 2010 at 2:55 PM

So olby doesn’t agree with obama, well, that makes him down right racist.

tinkerthinker on December 8, 2010 at 2:55 PM

“… and Obama’s supposed charisma over Hillary’s baggage.”

Here’s a visual for ‘ya…

… Hillary’s junk!

Seven Percent Solution on December 8, 2010 at 2:57 PM

some liberals are actually trying to keep the bill from coming to the floor. I am running low on popcorn. need to get some more

ConservativePartyNow on December 8, 2010 at 2:58 PM

There are no other options and buddy if it’s later all bets are off because the US will be a chaotic zoo.

darwin on December 8, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Lots of Democrats are simply ignorant of the impending problems. California is clear evidence of that. They’re already over the cliff, and won’t even look back for a rope. But at least there is hope that that sort of Democrat will eventually come to their senses.

Unfortunately, many liberals are actually deluded enough to believe that when America breaks down, they’ll be selected as one of the elite few that runs the country, or at least earns some cushy post in the bureacracy. The think the dictator will recognize their amazing intellect and add them to his team.

Educated conservatives and moderates end up fleeing communist countries. Educated liberals end up dying in them.

hawksruleva on December 8, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Why didn’t Obama make the under $250K tax rates permanent on Day 1? It would have passed in the house and senate of course since at the time he had 70% support and no Democrat would have dared vote against him. And he would have come out of the gate rightfully keeping his promise.

It’s almost as if he’s not very smart or something.

angryed on December 8, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Educated conservatives and moderates end up fleeing communist countries. Educated liberals end up dying in them.

hawksruleva on December 8, 2010 at 2:59 PM

++

angryed on December 8, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Waiting for crr6′s outrage, at this unnecessary commentary. ;)

capejasmine on December 8, 2010 at 2:30 PM

She and Jimbo3 and Proud Rino flew to London last night, to become part of Julie Assmange’s pro bono defense team.

Del Dolemonte on December 8, 2010 at 3:01 PM

betcha alan grayson would…Hey, didja hear Grayson lost by EIGHTEEN POINTS!?

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 2:24 PM

..TOO GOOD not to re-live..

(Ted, sorry for the cheap,shameless blog plug; I was too lazy to look for the original link.)

The War Planner on December 8, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Great video, but I haven’t been able to watch it since the election. Too much pain from laughing so hard.

MrX on December 8, 2010 at 3:01 PM

because Democrats and progressives are wedded to principles, not personalities:

After 2008, how can anyone say that with a straight face? I’m convinced liberals are mentally insane.

xax on December 8, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Who cares?

Honestly, it’s Keith Olbermann. He barely outranks Parker/Spitzer and Joy Behar.

He’s a never was. So, he’ll never even amount to a has been.

Stop giving simpering Keef Olberdouche quality time already.

FlatFoot on December 8, 2010 at 3:04 PM

If you’re going to act crazy, try and do it over something substantive.
Lose the nomination because he didn’t raise taxes on top earners 4.5 percent? Really, Keith??
What a great country where somebody this stupid can make millions.

jjshaka on December 8, 2010 at 3:06 PM

The left scares me.

therightwinger on December 8, 2010 at 3:08 PM

If you think that, you’ve haven’t paid attention to election results for several decades. Or even Charlie Rangel’s recent re-election.

hawksruleva on December 8, 2010 at 2:46 PM

I am thinking that you misunderstood what I was attempting to characterize.

Voting for someone on the basis of their skin color is no less racist that not voting for some because of their skin color.

I find it particularly frustrating that we, as a culture, continue to be fraught with mind boggling incompetence and corruption as we steadfastly march down the oft (but never successfully) traveled path of statism simply because a major segment of our society votes for someone for absolutely no other reason than the amount of melanin in the persons skin.

This is functional insanity.

oldfiveanddimer on December 8, 2010 at 3:13 PM

The absolute reality of this is perhaps the single most racist thing I have witnessed in my adult life.

oldfiveanddimer on December 8, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Reality has a racist bias. Liberals try to put rose-colored glasses over everyone’s face to conceal that.

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Educated conservatives and moderates end up fleeing communist countries. Educated liberals end up dying in them.

hawksruleva on December 8, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Yep … well, that should make the enviro-nazis happy at least. Fewer people and all that.

darwin on December 8, 2010 at 3:15 PM

If a nobody on a network no one watches rants, was anyting really said??

JIMV on December 8, 2010 at 3:15 PM

this is both incoherent and, well, idiotic.

Mr. Olbermann’s existence, summed up nicely in just seven words.

oldleprechaun on December 8, 2010 at 3:16 PM

The left scares me.

therightwinger on December 8, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Hell, they scare each other … that’s why you rarely see anyone depart from the party line, or leave the fold publicly.

darwin on December 8, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Olbermann warned in his Special Comment last night…

Aren’t all of his comments “special”?

Scrappy on December 8, 2010 at 3:18 PM

So all of the progressives & moronic Dems back in the 1920′s & such that were visiting Lenin & later Stalin agreed with those guys’ principles?
Wow. They are more evil than I thought.

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Actually, many of them did visit, and many still agreed afterwards.

Vashta.Nerada on December 8, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Olbermann just compared the president to Neville Chamberlain?

Wow. :-)

tigerinexile on December 8, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Bammie can be primaried and lose, and the winning democratic can win the election if and only if Bammie loses gracefully and endorses the nominee. Chances of such graciousness from the Bamster are pretty slim though.

The black vote? Where are they going to go? They are like the gays, they got nowhere else to go. There will be a loss of enthusiasm, turnout, funding and all that, but Bammie has that if he runs too.

slickwillie2001 on December 8, 2010 at 3:24 PM

If Olby is criticizing Obama, does that mean he’s a racist?

Johnny 100 Pesos on December 8, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Sure….. All the lefties are going to vote for Palin lol

LurkerDood on December 8, 2010 at 3:30 PM

His strong support from African-Americans won’t change no matter how many Special Comments Olbermann launches

That’s not an argument against Obama losing a primary challenge. The black vote does not determine Democratic primaries for POTUS. If that was the case, Jesse Jackson would have been the nominee in 1988.

Norwegian on December 8, 2010 at 3:35 PM

I think Olby is accurate.

I have thought for over a year that Obama will not be the Democratic nominee in 2012.

I didn’t know Olby had a Special Command.

They carry blackberries and Kindles and we carry Glocks and 1911s.

He clearly needs to go back on his meds.

molonlabe28 on December 8, 2010 at 3:40 PM

“The Rents Too Damn High” should primary “The Won”!

If the choice is between “The Rents Too Damn High”
and Mittens, Newt, Huckleberry, I’m goin for the guy with the gloves and mustachio!

dhunter on December 8, 2010 at 3:42 PM

So if Keith compared Obama to Chamberlain then that means the GOP are……….. hey, Keith, that’s really mean !

jjshaka on December 8, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Actually, many of them did visit, and many still agreed afterwards.

Vashta.Nerada on December 8, 2010 at 3:22 PM

I know. Left out the sarc tag.
BTW-am currently reading this book.
Very informative.
Says things already said, along with some new insights via many bnow available documents, many from the CPUSA.

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 3:48 PM

If Washington & the LEFT want more money,
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they should adjust tax RATES to a level that will
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maximize REVENUE.
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The Cap gains tax RATE increase in 1986, from 20 to 28%,
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resulted in a large decrease in REVENUE.
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The 1990 marginal income tax RATE increase, from 32 to 39%
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caused a recession, a loss in tax REVENUE
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and more handed out in unemployment comp.
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From current levels, a reduction in RATES will result in
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an increase in REVENUE.
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Sadly, when you’re brain dead in DC, this is apparently
difficult to comprehend.

esblowfeld on December 8, 2010 at 3:56 PM

All roads to the nomination of a “progressive” candidate must pass through the Kingdom of Keefums, is that it? And Keefums the Troll demands obedience for the toll.

ya2daup on December 8, 2010 at 3:57 PM

This decision is up to the democratics’ favorite Nazi stooge, George Soros. Whether the Bamster is the nominee or not is up to the spooky dude.

slickwillie2001 on December 8, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Someone needs to remind Queef Overbite that any criticism of Obama is racist.

Pcoop on December 8, 2010 at 4:10 PM

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