A “Special Comment” that is Once Again “Special”

I have to admit, lately the shine has kind of worn off Keith Olbermann’s shtick. Don’t get me wrong it is not that I dislike him or anything it’s just that when he first got his gig at MSNBC he sold it every night with his wit, intellect and knowledge of the facts. Then one day he delivered a “Special Comment” and something changed.

At first these segments were unique and hard hitting and as a result they received the special attention they deserved. But it seemed like as time went on there were more and more topics that Keith felt warranted a “Special Comment” and, well, they became not so special. As a matter of fact they just turned into a semi-regular Countdown feature and as a feature the “Special Comment” just starts to sound like an angry rant.

Now I don’t know whether to credit today’s subject matter which is particularly cogent or if Keith has gotten his groove back but today’s “Special Comment” reminds me of the good old days. Here is just a taste of tonight’s segment – A Special Comment on the Madness of the Tea Party – which, oddly enough, is almost better to read than to watch.

You do not think your freedom is at stake next Tuesday?

The Tea Party-and-Republican candidate for senator from Nevada, Sharron Angle, compared rape to, quoting, “a lemon situation in lemonade.” She would deny an abortion even to a teenaged girl who had been raped by her own father.

The Tea Party-and-Republican candidate to be the only Congressman in Delaware, Glen Urquhart, said “there is no problem that abortion can’t make worse. I know good friends who are the product of rape.”

Mr. Urquhart also does not believe the phrase “separation of church and state” was said by Thomas Jefferson.

He thinks it was Hitler: “The next time your liberal friends ask you about the separation of church and state, ask them why they are Nazis.”

And it get’s even better from there.

The Tea Party-and-Republican candidate for the Senate in West Virginia, John Raese, explained, “I made **my** money the old-fashioned way, I inherited it. I think that’s a great thing to do. I hope more people in this country have that opportunity as soon as we abolish inheritance tax in this country.”

The inheritance tax applies only to estates larger than $3.5 million. For the 99.8 percent of Americans not affected by the estate tax, there is the minimum wage, which Mr. Raese also wants abolished. Or there is Social Security.

The Tea-Party-and-Republican-candidate in the Indiana 9th, Todd Young, says “Social Security, as so many of you know is a Ponzi scheme.”

The Tea Party-and-Republican candidate in the Wisconsin 8th, Reid Ribble, disagrees. Social Security “is, in fact, a Ponzi scheme.”

The Tea Party-and-Republican candidate in the Arizona 8th, Jesse Kelly, wants to resurrect President Bush’s scam to transform Social Security into private investment accounts so the government can force you to spend part of your paycheck on Wall Street commissions, and so that market manipulators can wipe out your retirement money.

You need to go read/watch this segment for yourself but in my opinion Keith hit this one right out of the park. I can only hope that our circumstances don’t force him to diminish the value of this venue further by making it more and more commonplace. Reserving it’s use to only the most egregious of situations will ensure it has the importance and relevance it warrants.

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