Friday, March 2, 2007
We Don't Need Another Hero
I understand Democrats' desire for a champion who's not only got the cojones to stand up to Republican bully tactics, but who also seems capable of giving them a fat lip, bloody nose and a black eye while they're at it. After all, Al Gore's civility in the face of the Supreme Court's electoral intervention in December 2000, as well as Democrats' solemn solidarity in the aftermath of 9/11 and the run-up to the Iraq War, suddenly became sources of shame when it became clear that Bush & Co. had been playing them for suckers from the very start.
So don't get me wrong. I recognize the need he fills with his tough-talking, moral indictments of the Bush administration. But still, I can't help but consider Keith Olbermann a sanctimonious windbag who's difficult to take very seriously. And all the comparisons to Edward R. Murrow and Joseph Welch only reinforce that feeling. Am I missing something?