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Al Gore and Keith Olbermann: Legends in Their Own Minds

Posted on February 11 2011 12:30 pm
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.

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This week, while Chris Matthews constantly shouted that the Republican Party was cracking up because of the Tea Party and Glenn Beck and moving to be dominated by “extremists,” the most prominent voice for moderate Democrats, the Democrat Leadership Council, officially closed its doors.

But the DLC has been dead for years. One of the nails in its coffin was the fact that Al Gore, the international voice for environmentalist socialism was one of its most prominent graduates.

At the peak of his popularity as a Green rock star and Oscar-winning propagandist, Gore founded Current TV, a cable channel.  So far, he has been able to attract a whopping 23,000 viewers. Now he’s sure that Keith Olbermann- whose name identity among the general population is about .0005% of Gore’s, but whose cable audience was about 80 times his, can save his cable venture.

This week Al Gore showed just how reasonable and moderate he is by making hatemonger Keith Olbermann the “news” voice of his struggling cable outfit, Current TV:

AL GORE “Keith Olbermann is a gifted thinker, an amazing talent and a powerful communicator…”

How moderate.  How mainstream.  How thoughtful.  Here are some prime examples of Al Gore’s “gifted thinker.”

OLBERMANN:  …but to elect a group of unqualified, unstable individuals who will do what they are told, in exchange for money and power, and march this nation as far backward as they can get, backward to Jim Crow, or backward to the breadlines of the ‘30s, or backward to hanging union organizers, or backward to the trusts and the Robber Barons.

Result: the Tea Party.  Vote backward, vote Tea Party.  And if you are somehow indifferent to what is planned for next Tuesday, it is nothing short of an attempt to use Democracy to end this Democracy, to buy America wholesale and pave over the freedoms and the care we take of one another, which have combined to keep us the envy of the world.

Or how about his perverse glee in bringing up a teenager’s past sex life?

OLBERMANN ON BRISTOL PALIN APPEARING IN AN ABSTINENCE PSA: SHE’S the Candies’ spokesperson for abstinence? She and her SON? Because it‘s got to work THIS time?

Even before Tuscon, Keith was still dragging out this old slander of Rush Limbaugh that even his new boss’s former boss backed away from at the time…

OLBERMANN: Specifically Rush Limbaugh`s hate radio, which encouraged people as he encouraged people today to view the child molester, David Koresh, and the Branch Davidians somehow as innocent victims of what he called an invasion by U.S. military tanks. This is an exact parallel to the paranoia that Limbaugh stokes daily among those who feel themselves invaded by the U.S. government today. Limbaugh claimed others would have blood on their hands in the event of future right-wing terrorism.

Frankly, Rush, you have that blood on your hands now and you have had it for 15 years.

Or maybe Al Gore, who on his bus tour to inauguration in 1992, had to ask who a bust of Ben Franklin was supposed to be…

would be okay with Keith saying that liking George Washington makes you a racist.

OLBERMANN: Finally tonight, as promised, a Special Comment on this Presidents’ Day celebrating George Washington, and the Founding Fathers he represents and Abraham Lincoln, and the Emancipation he represents.Not very many of the founding fathers were evolved enough to believe that black people were actually people. The Founding Fathers thought they were and fought hard to make sure they would always remain slaves.

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