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Keith Olbermann's Special Comment on Hillary Clinton

Keith Olbermann's Special Comment on Hillary Clinton

In last night's Special Comment, Keith Olbermann painted HIllary Clinton as a dangerously passive figure in her own campaign. In his first ever Democrat-focused Special Comment, Keith regretfully reprimanded Clinton for not forcefully distancing herself from Geraldine Ferraro, whom he says dismissed Barack Obama's candidacy as nothing more than an equal-opportunity stunt. He labeled Ferraro's comments as manifestations of cheap, ignorant, and vile racism.

Keith never accused Clinton of being racist herself, instead disparaging her for following the perilous advice of advisers, who have left a mark of racial divisiveness on her candidacy.

I especially enjoyed the "experience montage" in which Keith compared great presidents with slight experience to presidential failures with perfect resumes. Keith effectively made the argument that either Clinton or Obama will inevitably have to present against the super-experienced McCain.

Check out the video for yourself. Do you think Clinton should have been as outraged as Keith by Ferraro's comments? Should she have emphatically distanced herself from the former congresswoman? Does Hillary need to grab the reigns back from her strategists, or should she be judged by the company she keeps?

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ashopaholic ashopaholic 9 years
although i don't agree with ferraro's comments 100%, the media is sexist. Olbermann only ranted about the tip of the iceberg imo, no one ever takes what is said about Hillary this seriously. If he says what Journalists are afraid to say he should get worked up about the sexist media as well. Just as a side note, I did agree with most of his comments they were valid in my books. :)
laceykk23 laceykk23 9 years
okay so i take it back i guess that clip was from months ago from some DVD. nonetheless though he should still step down
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
I caught a bit of Ferraro last night, trying to downplay her statements. She referred to the Daily Breeze as a small town newspaper, IMO in an attempt to discredit the journalist's professional credibility. She did not bother to mention that the Breeze is based in one of the more stable and upper-middle-class parts of Los Angeles--the beach cities south of the airport. Lame attempt to spin the source. What does Obama have that, say, John Edwards does not? I'd say two things: he's a charismatic orator, and he's not white. Whether or not he's otherwise deserving of the nomination, this adds a "novelty" element to his candidacy and has probably contributed to his success. (BTW, Hillary's gender is her "novelty" and does the same for her.) I believe that's all Ferraro meant. Sadly, our politically correct culture will not allow that to be said.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Oh bethany, if only the nomination would end the stupidity...it could get much, much worse. I used to love election years, now I'm starting to dread them.
bethany21 bethany21 9 years
Oh, geez. :oy: Thanks for the link, lacey. I can't wait for the nomination to be sealed so we can move on from the stupidity.
laceykk23 laceykk23 9 years
i dont know maybe im making too big a deal out of it but either way he needs to be let go...
laceykk23 laceykk23 9 years
bethany here is the link.... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/03/13/jeremiah-wright-obamas-_n_91312.html
bethany21 bethany21 9 years
Yes, piper, he definitely seems to have a case of Romney-hair. ;)
piper23 piper23 9 years
Thanks for clearing that up, Bethany. He was talking A LOT. and then I got distracted waiting to see if his hair would move. It didn't. There's a lot of product in that mane.
bethany21 bethany21 9 years
No, piper, I think what he's saying is that Hillary is permitting a divisiveness that would only make sense if they were campaigning against each other from different parties. Keith says some pretty heated stuff, but I don't think he would ever stoop to calling an entire political party racist.
piper23 piper23 9 years
I think I get it now, He said that she "is acting like she is the republican" because her campaign is making racial remarks. Is that pretty much the gist of it? I just gave this guy 8 minutes and 29 seconds of my life.
jenintx jenintx 9 years
here's another link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXBXD2zizIY the whole commentary is right on. hillary is running a divisive campaign, so divisive in fact that the democratic party may not be able to recover. on yesterday's situation room, they were talking about how somewhere around 72 percent of hillary's supporters wouldn't vote for obama if he won the bid, whereas only about 44 (or 54) percent of obama's supporters said they wouldn't vote for hillary. i think that shows how divisive hillary's campaign truly is.
piper23 piper23 9 years
p.s. by the way the line of the night for me was when he said she was 'campaigning as if Sen. Obama was the Democrat and she was the Republican.' that was awesome - I didn't get to watch the video so what is he trying to say when he said that? I'm confused...
bethany21 bethany21 9 years
Lacey- Can you provide a link to that statement? I hadn't heard about that. I think this was one of Keith's better special comments. I like the way he said what many are thinking while handling it gracefully. I especially liked the line: "Grab the reins back from whoever has led you to this precipice." He did not attack Hillary, but instead seemed to be warning her. The "experience" montage was excellent, too...I hope campaign advisers took note of it!
GigglyGirl GigglyGirl 9 years
The video is gone. :O/
laceykk23 laceykk23 9 years
i think if he removes him before all of the media gets ahold of it, it would seem like he has control. i just hope he does and it happens ASAP!!!
laceykk23 laceykk23 9 years
just as all this comes out, baracks pastor went off on hillary sunday. now i have NEVER heard barack obama EVER speak like this but to have this man who sits on his campaign say stuff like this is really out of hand. obama NEEDS to immediatley remove him and make it very very clear that in no way does he think like this and that he doesnt condone behavior like this. he needs to do everything under the sun to appear to be in control of this situation. im really nervous that all this talk of race is really going to tear the party apart.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
"Especially after seeing quotes she made back in '88 it looks like this wasn't a comment made after philosophizing over the current situation." Very well said.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
I love me some Keith! I didn't agree with everything he said, but I love his passion. It was very harsh, but it needed to be. It seems like all these partisan tv hosts are loathe to criticize anyone in their own party, so I thought it was great what he did. I loved that line too, lacey! As I mentioned before, I don't entirely disagree with what Ferraro said, but she took it way way way too far. And that is just not the kind of thing you say out loud when you are in the position she was in. Especially after seeing quotes she made back in '88 it looks like this wasn't a comment made after philosophizing over the current situation. It seems like she is very bitter over the way her political career went and she seems determined to take that out on any man in her way.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
"i think he was making public what other journalists want to say but are too afraid to say." I agree. I thought it was pretty interesting when he made the list of all of the disturbing quotes coming from her campaign, saying something like, "true or not, it gives the appearance that this IS what you stand for."
laceykk23 laceykk23 9 years
i thought keiths comment was spot on. after he was finished i was speechless, i think he was making public what other journalists want to say but are too afraid to say. he did it in a forceful yet respectful way i mean you could tell that he was saying all of this with a heavy heart. while i dont think she will really take what he has to say to heart, when all is said and done and she looks back i hope she does so with regret about how she handled her campaign. both of these campaigns this year could have been about so much hope and real change but now both campaigns are drawn into this petty back and forth. for the sake of the democratic party i hope that by november 4 EVERYONE can come together for the good this country and elect someone worthwhile. p.s. by the way the line of the night for me was when he said she was 'campaigning as if Sen. Obama was the Democrat and she was the Republican.' that was awesome
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
When I saw the Ferraro comment on CNN, I was shocked that she would say something like that. Not only is it just racist and mean but it reflects badly on HRC. It was a bad call in Ferraro's case. HRC should have dismissed Ferraro for making the campaign look bad, if for no other reason. As a liberal, I just don't think that those kinds of comments have anyplace in American politics. I am an Obama supporter but I am trying to embrace HRC in case she wins the nomination but comments like these just turn me off.
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