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Mugger RULES!

I can think of no sillier exhibition of an anchor/commentator filling time than MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, on the night of the March 4 primaries, repeatedly declaring that John McCain’s triumph was “Churchillian.” Winston Churchill’s rise and fall and rise and fall in British politics is of legitimate historical import; the fact that McCain resurrected his ’08 campaign is a fascinating and unexpected twist in this presidential cycle. But comparisons to FDR’s wartime ally are a stretch. It was especially odd coming from Olbermann, whose “Countdown” program is a day in, day out rant against President Bush in particular and Republicans in general. I prefer McCain to Obama and Hillary Clinton but, conerning his electoral fortunes, a more apt analogy would be to Richard Nixon, for the comeback angle specifically.

Olbermann’s mate on the primaries beat at MSNBC, Chris Matthews, has lost a lot his own credibility, not only for making an apology to Hillary Clinton earlier this year, but also because he can’t resist sucking up to whatever guest he can corral to the station’s studio. A decade ago Matthews’ exuberance could be excused because his purely political persona was somewhat novel. But now that cable is inundated with hosts and numbers-crunchers and elected officials, he just seems a little like Bozo the Clown.

New York Press – RUSS SMITH – Mugger: Anchor Steam

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