Conservative-hating MSNBC host Keith Olbermann is known for attacking Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh (i.e. guys who crush Olbermann in the ratings) on a daily basis for a slip up or error these hosts may make from time to time. Last night, Olbermann and Howard Dean were attacking five governors (there are actually six) who are considering rejecting stimulus money on Countdown with Keith Olbermann when they engaged in a discussion of Missouri politics. The conversation was very instructive of the lack of depth of knowledge that Olberman and Dean have with regard to the day to day politics in America.
The two expert analysts evidenced a complete lack of knowledge about current events in a bizarre discussion (see below) where they slammed Senator Kit Bond (R-MO) for voting against the stimulus, yet taking credit for provisions he was able to insert in the bill while running for re-election. The problem with this analysis is that Senator Kit Bond has announced that he is not running for re-election in 2010. Keith Olbermann -- you and Howard Dean are this weeks worst political analysts on national TV.
Former Democrat National Committee Chairman Howard "I had a scream" Dean was being interviewed about a story circulating that six governors are considering rejecting stimulus money. From AP and the Washington Times:
Though none has outright rejected the money available for education, health care and infrastructure, the governors of Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alaska, South Carolina and Idaho have all questioned whether the $787 billion bill signed into law this week will even help the economy.
This issue set off a discussion of Senator Kit Bond's vote against the bill, yet his taking credit for inserting provisions in the bill. Check out the expert political analysis between Olbermann and Dean about Kit Bond's re-election prospects.
Who is more responsible, these governors or somebody like Senator Bond of Missouri who is out on the campaign trail essentially in Missouri taking credit for aspects of the stimulus bill that he brought to Missouri and these jobs and this money and all the rest when he voted against it. He is taking credit for something he voted against.
Remember the words "campaign trail." What is Senator Kit Bond running for Keith?
He is in trouble though. He is going to have a really strong opponent; I think Robin Carnahan a strong Secretary of State is going to run against him. He knows that he is in trouble. That is a tough vote for him to go home and explain now. People are not stupid. One of the things is that got the Republicans in so much trouble is that they assume people are dumb and voted no in Washington and come home and took credit for the stuff people like in Missouri. You have to make a principled stand and vote no then you can go home and sell the no. What you can't do is vote no and go ahead and pretend you didn't vote that way. People don't like that kind of stuff and they don't like it when Democrats do it either.
Problem with this nationally televised expert analysis between the former Chairman of the Democrat National Committee and Olbermann is that Kit Bond is not a candidate for election. Senator Kit Bond announced that he is not running for re-election to the Senate in 2010 and on January 8th announced his intent to retire after his term is completed. See link from Olbermann's beloved Huffington Post over a month ago that, evidently, Keith missed.
From the position of having been the head of the DNC, you had the 50-state strategy. Is the Republican strategy the no-state strategy?
Maybe the Huffington Post should update the Olbermann talking point to inform him that Senator Kit Bond is not running for Senate in Missouri. Keith Olbermann - read the newspaper to supplement your reading of Huffington Post and Center for American Progress talking points once in a while.
Update: Here's a video mocking the episode: