Olbermann: Obama is ‘God-damned wrong’ on tax deal

Keith Olbermann invoked the use of his ‘Special Comment’ segment Tuesday night to slam President Obama over his announcement of having settled a tax deal with Republicans. Olbermann harped on the president for “selling out a principal campaign pledge, and the people to whom and for whom it was made.”

While the notion that the president turned his back on his liberal base gained steam Tuesday, Olbermann clearly sought to capitalize on the growing frustration from the left. Spending the first half of the nearly 12-minute segment tongue-lashing the president’s willingness to compromise, Olbermann took a sudden, and ironically hypocritical tone against Tea Party contempt for the same:

“There is only one possible rational explanation for this irrational and childish transaction. There are Republicans and Tea Partiers who are still intent on cutting off their noses to spite their faces — the ‘Blind Rage Conservatives’ for whom any compromise is disaster, just as for this President, apparently no compromise is disaster.”

Olbermann’s sarcasm ran thick as the host then seemed to jump on board with a critique long-lobbed at the Obama White House by the right — that the administration thinks it has problems with communicating, not policy:

“Yesterday I had an exchange with a very Senior member of this Administration who wanted to sell me on this deal. I pointed out that that was fine, except that — as I phrased it to him — ‘frankly the base has just vanished.’ ‘Well,’ he replied, ‘then they must not have read the details.’ There, in a nutshell, is this Administration. They didn’t make a bad deal — we just don’t understand it.

“Just as it was our fault, Mr President, for not understanding your refusal of even the most perfunctory of investigations of rendition or domestic spying or the other crimes of the Bush Administration, or why you have now established for those future Administrations who want to repeat those crimes, that the punishment for them will be nothing.

“Just as it was our fault, Mr. President, for not understanding Afghanistan. Just as we didn’t correctly perceive, Sir, the necessity for the continuation of Gitmo. Or how we failed to intuit, President Obama, your preemptive abandonment of Single Payer and the Public Option. Or how we couldn’t have foreseen your foot-dragging on ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell.’ Just as we shouldn’t have gotten you angry at your news conference today and made all the moderate Democrats wonder why in the hell you get publicly angry so often at the liberals who campaigned for you and whether you might save just a touch of that sarcasm and that self-martyrdom for the Republicans.”

Olbermann rounded off his screed by issuing a rallying cry to Democrats: “It is not disloyalty to the Democratic Party to tell a Democratic president he is wrong; it is not disloyalty to tell him he is goddamned wrong.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jackie-Banks/100000682371567 Jackie Banks

    keith olbermann doe,s honer lie or cheat any out of life.doe,s it say one thing and it,s will be another.you know the gop dont deserve that tax cut, tell obama the tax cut dont give it to them,they been mother freaking hellsgate rotton. the war, the lie,s the greed, the budget against the people,s. they not deserving a hellsgate thing. tell him that hell is in they closet it,s not clean, to stand his ground,s he need to go into the zillion,s against they nasty corn hole, he need to do the mother freaking thing on them,hurt that mind kill that pride, do them like a hellsgate freak they wont to be,they like how greed feel, how it taste, take action into greed on them ,and hellsgate feel good about it.take it all back and share it with the people,s hell know,s that,s the truth treat them like vomit, to the stomet cause that,s what they been to him and many., he need to know how to deal with trash. that lie cheat and just know hellsgate good…he just dont know.

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  • curmudgeon

    How wonderful it is to see Keith get upset.

    It means that the country may well be heading in the right direction on this one.

  • terryjim

    Fearest thou not,O Stentorian Special Commenter!
    Forsooth, none ever, nor wouldst none ever darest
    to intuit the slightest bit of
    “disloyalty to the Democrat Party.”
    in thou-eth comment-eth-es.

    Good day, sir!

  • lollytyg

    Hahahahaha! You voted for him Keithie!
    “You enabled him.” hahahahaha!
    Much as I’d like for you to stroke-out on national television, I gotta say, I enjoyed watching the traffic light in the background more.

    Let’s see, he signs the deal, and no-one gets a tax hike, and the 99’ers get another 13 weeks. And he’s the hero, and another shot at 2012. He doesn’t sign and the taxes go up for everyone, and the 99ers got no Christmas, and him and the Dems are the villians! And he won’t have a prayer at 2012.

    Vote no, and just see what happens. As thin-skinned as he is?

    Truly, popcorn worthy!

    • lollytyg

      Also meant to add something about circular firing-squad, but gf called.

      You get the idea.

  • oc in nc

    Olbermann quotes Churchill at the onset of his rant.Churchill also said that if you are not liberal when your 20 you don’t have a heart and if you are not a conservative by the time you are 40 you do not have a BRAIN.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathy-Williamson-Carlson/1158302819 Kathy Williamson Carlson

    I didn’t read this article. Why? Because I don’t care what Olbermann thinks. If I did, I would watch his show. Please stop reporting on this guy and his invariably foolish and poorly stated opinion.

    • Faye402

      I agree with you Kathy up to a point. I don’t watch KO’s show but will click on it occasionally just to see what he is ranting about. I rarely listen to the end of his rant. However, I think reporting on what he thinks and is saying serves the public. So much is said about the “right wing radicals”. Olbermann is a prime example of what a “left wing radical” is. The public needs to see both and then make up their minds if that is what they want to be or do they want to be thoughtful, rational thinking citizens who express themselves in a civilized way. I say the same about Rachel Maddow: although,instead of yelling, she only smirks to emphasize her sarcastic leftist.

      • Faye402

        ooooops… clicked to quickly… should be “sarcastic leftist views.”

  • Simplemind

    Wow — what a racist. He’s just hatin on a black man isn’t he? Its like he put on a black face minstral show in his special comment.

    • Faye402

      Yeah, Simplemind…I do believe old Keith is a racist…hates that a black man is President. Tsk, tsk, tsk, Keith, your true colors are showing. :-)

    • bigsigh

      He must be a racist, he couldn’t possibly disagree with the Messiah’s policies.

  • ArianaHuffingPaint

    THIS WEEK IN REVIEW: Ron Reagan is getting his gun. McCaskill is getting her pitchfork. And Obermann is getting his period.

    • kaj

      LMAO!!!! and I thought he was going through the change.