'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Monday, July 18th, 2011
ShowPlug1: Live on Countdown at 8ET: 10 arrests, the heads of Scotland Yard resigned, now a dead whistleblower. Murdoch-gate explodes again
ShowPlug2: @MichaelWolffNYC with the latest; @JohnWDean on the American investigations + how Jude Law may be the key in this country
ShowPlug3: Plus Robert Moore, Washington Correspondent of UK's great ITV News At Ten, on what to expect as Murdoch testifies to Parliament
ShowPlug4: Moody's to Republicans: Grow Up - there shouldn't BE a debt limit. Crisis is over, BS continues; Guest: @RyanGrim of HuffPo
ShowPlug5: Another would-be GOP Prez claims God told him to. That means at least 3 of them are hearing things. @Markos Moulitsas joins me
ShowPlugLast: Worsts: Bachmann predicted end of world in '06 + Ohio's Driver's License Voter ID guy, didn't HAVE a Driver's license!
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'Scandal Spreads', Michael Wolff
'Scandal Spreads', John Dean
YouTube, Current.com (excerpt)
'Cut, Cap & Veto', Ryan Grim
YouTube, Current.com (excerpt)
Time Marches On!
'Oh My GOP!', Markos Moulitsas
Worst Persons: Robert Mecklenborg (R-OH), Rep. Michele Bachmann, Gov. John Kasich
'Murdoch Testifies', Robert Moore
Time for Countdown's Viewers' Nominees for Today's Worst Persons In The World.
The bronze to good old Ohio State Representative Robert Mecklenborg.
That's **ex**-Representative Robert Mecklenborg. He's resigned.
You remember him. After sponsoring a bill requiring a Driver's License in order to vote, he lost **his** Driver's License, when he was pulled over in this D-U-I stop in Indiana, complete with viagra in his system, and a stripper in his front seat.
Well, there's something **new** about this.
Four days after this arrest in Indiana -- on **Good Friday** -- he signed a driver's license application in which he swore that he did not have any outstanding vehicle citations.
In other words, when he was pulled over for D-U-I...
In fact, apparently when he introduced the Driver's License Voter ID bill...
Mecklenborg didn't **have** a driver's license.
He was working to suppress... himself.
Representative Mecklenborg, can I introduce you to Marcus Bachmann?
Speaking of which, it's the Missus, in second place. The intrepid Dave Weigel has dug up this little gem from 2006...
For those of you who don't speak Religious Delusion, this is Michele Bachmann, five years ago, predicting the imminence of the end of the World and the Rapture and stuff.
"Lord, the day is at hand. We are in the last days. You are a Jehovah God. We know that the times are in your hands. And we give them to you…The day is at hand, Lord, when your return will come nigh. Nothing is more important than bringing sheep into the fold. Than bringing new life into the kingdom… You have weeded that garden and the harvest is at hand."
Just to round this out, as part of this prophesy, she asked God to protect and expand the ministry of a psycho named Bradlee Dean, who runs a quote "ministry" unquote called "You Can Run But You Can't Hide" and believes gays and lesbians should be put in prison and that it is quote "moral" to execute them.
As to that crap about the world ending in 2006? Well, on November 7th of that year... she **was** elected to Congress.
But our winner: Union-busting thug governor and Koch Brothers employee John Kasich of Ohio...
We've already seen what this guy on loan from the roster of Murdoch's Fixed News has done to that wonderful state: reneging on union contracts, vote suppression -- it's a mess. But Kasich let his guard down on national television yesterday and something ugly came out. He was asked about the Murdoch scandal, and then veered off into **this**
"Look, I don't think we just have a crisis in Washington of leadership. I think it's across all the sectors. I think we see it in sports where we let-- sometimes these thugs go out on the field and play on Sunday 'cause they can score a touchdown. We see it in our pop culture. There is a crisis of leadership in America and we are witnessing it now in politics."
Crisis not just in Washington... "Thugs" who "play on Sunday 'cause they can score a touchdown"... Football players, mostly African-Americans.
Crisis of leadership...
Witnessing it now in politics... where the president in an African-American.
Did the Governor of Ohio just call out black people? How did the host ask him to clarify his apparent racist remark?
"I want to focus things a little bit" -- and he switched topics.
Governor John "Nice Talking In Code" Kasich of Ohio, today's Worst Person In The World.