Olbermann on the RFK Gaffe

24 May


Say what you want about Olbermann, but he’s one of the very, very few cable commentators who doesn’t scream at you, doesn’t rely on flash and graphics, and otherwise isn’t a caricature of himself. Good for him for what he’s doing – being intelligent and speaking to you like a grownup. Regardless of whether you agree with him or not.

And the best part of this commentary comes at around the 8 minute mark, when he lists of the myriad things we have “forgiven” Clinton over the course of the primary, in spite of her easy morphs into victim mode.

19 Responses to “Olbermann on the RFK Gaffe”

  1. mike hudson May 24, 2008 at 8:53 am #

    of course the completely unhinged olbermann is not a caricature of himself. he’s a caricature of edward r. murrow, who hasn’t stopped rolling in his grave since he died in 1965, many years before you were born. Clinton’s point was quite legitimate, and she’s made it several times during the campaign without all this resulting hoopla. rather than slogging through 10 minutes of olbermann’s staff-written commentary (murrow wrote his own) why not listen to the clinton remarks in their entirety rather than the edited (for effect) clip presented here last night and ad nauseam by msnbc on a continuous loop for the past 24 hours.

  2. Queen Carlotta May 24, 2008 at 9:55 am #

    The Lady Senator from New York has said in public what many have uttered in private.

  3. Prodigal Son May 24, 2008 at 10:26 am #

    Yeah, sorry Pundit, but did you even watch Olbermann’s rant? All he does is scream. He’s hysterical, and tripping over his overly convoluted word choices meant to impress. You may like his commentary because you also support Obama, but don’t confuse what’s going on here. On his “countdown” of top stoires are two about why Clinton is bad, two why McCain is bad, and a rant about Lou Dobbs.

    I don’t feel like I’m being talked to like a grown up. I feel like I am being yelled at and beaten over the head with commentary masked as journalism. He’s as bad as O’Reilly, just on the other side (ironic that they can’t stand eachother when they are so alike).

    Oh, and on the actual substance. Yes, Clinton is merely repeating what many are saying in private. Her point is not legitimate, because if something horrible happened, she could get back in the race any time. But the reason for all the furor is not because what she said is so bad but because it reinforces the Clinton stereotype. “I Will Do Anything To Get Elected – Even Wait For Obama To Get Shot.” She’s insinuated that enough that I think she actually beleives that. Which is one of many reasons I’m happy she won’t be President.

  4. indabuff May 24, 2008 at 12:39 pm #

    Olbermann…you are kidding right?

  5. Eez May 24, 2008 at 1:32 pm #

    “Intelligent” is the last word I’d use to describe Olbermann. Pompous, haughty, and know-it-all are the ones that come to mind. There are times that this clown makes John Kerry and Al Gore look modest and humble by comparison (and that’s saying something!!!)

  6. STEEL May 24, 2008 at 2:54 pm #

    He is a bit of a windbag but that does not make her comment less disgusting.

    As far as the dems go they should take heart in the fact that the right wingers like Mike H fear Obama so much in the general election.

  7. mike hudson May 24, 2008 at 4:38 pm #

    i’m a right winger now. i love that, especially never having voted for a republican presidential candidate in my life. and hillary clinton wants obama assiassinated… and geralidine farraro’s a racist… and bill clinton’s a racist… that’s too funny.

    you’ll have to admit a bit of irony, however, in that the olbermann line has been indistinguishable from the al jazeera line presented a day or two ago on this page. normally al jazeera hates the jews.

    now does that make me an anti-semite too? lemme know, really. everyone will get a laugh out of it at my nephew’s bar mitzvah.

  8. freida May 24, 2008 at 7:18 pm #

    Peggy Noonans take on Hillary in the Wall Street Journal


  9. heavyweight May 24, 2008 at 9:16 pm #

    Ok, I want everyone to think about what she said…she should stay in the race because Obama could be killed…sound just a little nuts people?

    As an ex-supporter of hers, I can now say that Hillary Clinton=Fail…no, Hillary Clinton=EPIC FAIL.

  10. Chris from OP May 24, 2008 at 11:20 pm #

    Actually it sounded like HRC was trying to make a point that it’s not absurd for primary races to last until June, and to make that point she mentioned memorable moments in June primaries. I really don’t see how mentioning that RFK was shot in June is somehow lusting for the same to happen to BHO….

  11. heavyweight May 25, 2008 at 12:08 am #

    The fact that she even brought it up shows how absurd and desperate her campaign has gotten, their willing to do anything to try to change peoples minds….the sad part is that just about everyones minds has been made up and Obama is the guy.

    Again, Hillary Clinton=Epic Fail.

  12. EMS May 25, 2008 at 12:40 pm #

    “Actually it sounded like HRC was trying to make a point that it’s not absurd for primary races to last until June”

    What’s absurd is comparing this year’s Democratic primaries to the 1992 and 1968 primaries:

    1992: Bill Clinton effectively had the Democratic nomination locked up on March 20, 1992, when Paul Tsongas withdrew from the race. At that point, Clinton had almost half the delegates he needed to clinch the nomination and Jerry Brown was the only other Dem left standing, short on cash and a 7-1 underdog against Clinton. Of the 21 primaries that followed Tsongas’ exit, Brown won exactly zero. Brown did indeed continue his campaign right up to the 1992 Democratic convention, but Clinton’s nomination was never in doubt and he beat Brown in the delegate count at the convention 3372-596

    1968: Bobby Kennedy didn’t enter the race until after watching Eugene McCarthy nearly upset Lyndon Johnson in New Hampshire on March 12, when Kennedy realized just how ideologically polarized the party was. His first primary didn’t even roll around until May 7, 1968, and he was dead less than a month later. Hubert Humphrey, the sitting vice-president and eventual Democratic nominee, didn’t even participate in any of the primaries! He gathered delegates from non-primary states. Couple this late start to the primary process with the fact that this was still 1968 and nominees were determined in smoky backrooms at party HQ make this comparison ludicrous.

    From a purely historical context, Hillary even mentioning Bobby Kennedy (or his murder) in ’68 — or her own husband’s campaign in ’92 — when talking about protracted American political primaries, is a false premise for argumentation as well as a embarassing comment for a “seasoned” politician to make…but par for the course for Hillary these days.

  13. Say no to bama May 25, 2008 at 4:44 pm #

    nobama dot com

  14. hank May 26, 2008 at 6:09 am #

    Obama-ites–Get over yourselves.
    even BRIT HUME said it was a statement that didn’t have anything behind it but a reminder of what month it was while the race was still going strong.

    If FOX News doesn’t consider it a gaffe–who should?

    EVERONE–except Obama-ites are afraid of the potential damage he will do to our country. If I wanted to be a Socialist there are plenty of countries to move to.

  15. RisingDamp666 May 26, 2008 at 10:20 pm #

    The whole thing’s overblown and nobody’s blowin’ harder than Hillary.

  16. dougk May 27, 2008 at 1:46 pm #

    bp, and i thought your going to andrew sullivan for blog material was a benchmark for the depth of your being in the tank for obama, until now…olberman “intelligent and speaking…like a grownup”, jeeze

  17. mike hudson May 27, 2008 at 2:10 pm #


  18. Vivian May 27, 2008 at 4:26 pm #

    No doubt He’s using reverse psychology. He wants Hillary to win so she can use her management skills to Bankrupt the country the way she bankrupted her own campaign.

  19. mike hudson May 27, 2008 at 7:33 pm #

    hey chris and alan, olbermann comes on in a half an hour! if he doesn’t have the raul castro endorsement of obama, i’ll bet your pals at al jazeera have it! then we can all see america as the new dictator of cuba sees it! it’ll be great!

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