Keith Olbermann sat down with Matt Taibbi to discuss his latest article at Rolling Stone, Michele Bachmann's Holy War. As he noted in the article, a lot of people might be inclined to be dismissive of Bachmann because we view her as a "goofball" who
Keith Olbermann sat down with Matt Taibbi to discuss his latest article at Rolling Stone, Michele Bachmann's Holy War. As he noted in the article, a lot of people might be inclined to be dismissive of Bachmann because we view her as a "goofball" who no one should take seriously, but we do so at our peril.
As Matt discussed with Keith, unlike Sarah Palin, Bachmann actually loves and understands retail politics and likes getting out there and doing the hard work of campaigning, she's got a pretty formidable fundraising operation going, has hired the right campaign staff and she's moving up in the polls among a pretty large field of potential candidates right now.
I sincerely hope he's wrong, but this is a country that allowed George W. Bush to steal two elections, so I don't think anyone should dismiss Taibbi's warnings on Bachmann. As terrible as the current GOP field is, with the economy in the shape it is now and the fact that it doesn't look like it might be improving any time soon and with our complicit corporate media that won't tell voters the truth about much of anything, we take any of them too lightly at our peril.
The Tea Party contender may seem like a goofball, but be warned: Her presidential campaign is no laughing matter
Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and, as you consider the career and future presidential prospects of an incredible American phenomenon named Michele Bachmann, do one more thing. Don't laugh.
It may be the hardest thing you ever do, for Michele Bachmann is almost certainly the funniest thing that has ever happened to American presidential politics. Fans of obscure 1970s television may remember a short-lived children's show called Far Out Space Nuts, in which a pair of dimwitted NASA repairmen, one of whom is played by Bob (Gilligan) Denver, accidentally send themselves into space by pressing "launch" instead of "lunch" inside a capsule they were fixing at Cape Canaveral. This plot device roughly approximates the political and cultural mechanism that is sending Michele Bachmann hurtling in the direction of the Oval Office.
Bachmann is a religious zealot whose brain is a raging electrical storm of divine visions and paranoid delusions. She believes that the Chinese are plotting to replace the dollar bill, that light bulbs are killing our dogs and cats, and that God personally chose her to become both an IRS attorney who would spend years hounding taxpayers and a raging anti-tax Tea Party crusader against big government. She kicked off her unofficial presidential campaign in New Hampshire, by mistakenly declaring it the birthplace of the American Revolution. "It's your state that fired the shot that was heard around the world!" she gushed. "You are the state of Lexington and Concord, you started the battle for liberty right here in your backyard." Read on...
Matt Taibbi joined the set of Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York. After weighing in on whether Mayor Michael Bloomberg might be playing right into the movement's hands with the upcoming move to try Read more...
Keith Olbermann talked to Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi about another really horrible idea that's apparently gaining bipartisan support with our politicians -- another one of these repatriation tax holidays where corporations are rewarded for offshoring their profits by being allowed to bring them back to America for rates as low as just over 5%. Read more...