'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
ShowPlug1: Live coverage of the President's speech on accelerated troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Analysis from Col. Lawrence Wilkerson
ShowPlug2: The politics from Ryan Grim of Huffington Post. Matt @mTaibbi previews his startling Rolling Stone piece on Michele Bachmann
ShowPlug3: Epic Worsts: @SarahPalinUSA quits bus tour then blasts Fox News for reporting it. Plus Van Jones on Cease + Desist letter to Fox
ShowPlugLast: And just 'cause we can: the @Late_Show Top 10 List David Letterman let me do. Paul Shaffer conducts the orchestra.
'Assessing Obama's Afghanistan Speech', Col. Lawrence Wilkerson
'President Bachmann?', Matt Taibbi
Top 10 List
Worst Persons: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum
Current.com: part 1, part 2
'Fox & Fiends', Van Jones
Web Extra: Van Jones vs. Fox News
Because it is often more productive to laugh at The Stupid than yell at The Stupid...Time for Countdown's top three nominees for today's Worst Persons In The World.
Frankly - this is one of the best lists, ever.
The bronze, to Newt Gingrich. Ignoring the immortal advice of the "Kids In The Hall" to the short guy knocked to the floor by the giant... "stay down."
Mr. Gingrich, victim yesterd0ay of his second staff walk-out in a week, a second "newt-iny," has explained this happened because, quoting his speech at the Atlanta Press Club...
"philosophically, I am very different from normal politicians, and normal consultants found that very hard to deal with."
So he's going to be an abnormal politician surrounded by abnormal consultants.
And no money.
And he's going to duct-tape his constituencies together.
Poor timing, this.
A spokesman for the campaign has now acknowledged that besides the half-million dollar one he and his wife had there five years ago... Gingrich had a **second** line of credit at the high-end jewellers' **Tiffany**, with an upper limit of one million dollars.
The runner-up: Sarah Palin.
You will recall she quit half-way through her term as Governor of Alaska; explaining she was working even harder for its citizens by doing so.
You may also recall her Magical Mystery Bus Tour last month and earlier in this one.
Apparently she's quit, half way through.
A news organization has reported that Saint Sarah of Wasilla has headed home, cancelling the part campaign swing/part illegal use of campaign donations "One Nation Tour" despite tentatively scheduled stops in Iowa and South Carolina.
So that'd make it the "Half A Nation" tour.
But she is now denying it... By tweet.
And slamming the news organization that reported she'd called it off.
"I did? Hmm, glad I have media to let me know my plans. They never cease to amaze. MT: @foxheadlines: Palin Ends Bus Tour."
She slammed Fox News.
For whom...she works.
That woman...is half an idiot.
But our winner: yet a third GOOPER with delusions of the White House.
Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator from... Mars.
After a survey indicated only 13 percent of American high school seniors demonstrated proficiency in American history, Santorum knew who to blame:
Liberals who are plotting to destroy freedom!
"This is, in my opinion, a conscious effort on the part of the left who has a huge influence on our curriculum, to desensitize America to what American values are so they are more pliable to the new values that they would like to impose on America." Like to impose on America.
That's right, Rick.
It's got nothing to do with Texas re-writing school textbooks to de-emphasize contributions by minority groups.
It's got nothing to do with bible-thumpers inserting creationism into school curricula nationwide. It's got nothing to do with an environment in which never mind high school -- the Coke Brothers can essentially buy the Economics Department at Florida State University and get to select what's taught and who teaches it.
It's got nothing to do with Fox News, which deliberately alters facts like climate change and instructs its actors and actresses to make any part of today or yesterday they don't like, subject to doubt and revisionism.
And it's certainly got nothing to do with people running for President like you who think that same-gender marriage will lead to legalizing, as you put it, man-on-dog sex... Or other people running for President who explain that Paul Revere led his musical group "The Raiders" across "The Cherokee Nation" to warn the British that Kicks Just Keepin' Getting Harder To Find!
Rick Santorum. Moron. Today's Worst Person In The World.