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Sunday
Apr222012

Keith Olbermann: Dog-Gate Exponentially Raises ‘Absurdity’ of Campaign

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a week of dog-eat-dog politicking between President Obama and Mitt Romney’s respective campaigns, Keith Olbermann said today that the “dog-gate” controversies have gotten out of hand.

Politicos, pundits and the presidential-campaign watching public spent the past week pondering which is worse, a presidential candidate who put his dog in a kennel strapped to the roof of his car for a 12-hour drive or a president who ate dog meat as a child living in Indonesia.

“It raises the level of absurdity to something exponential,” Olbermann said on “This Week” about the Romney campaign criticizing Obama for consuming dog meat when he was 6 years old.

“With so many valuable questions going on, we’re wasting most of the time dealing with the dogs,” the former MSNBC and CurrentTV host said.

But ABC’s George Will said neither the candidates nor their campaigns are responsible for the recent dominance of dogs in the presidential race. Instead, he said, the media is to blame.

“The horse race is over, and the sugar rush that the media got from that is gone, and therefore they’re looking for something to keep their mind off, I guess, big questions,” Will said during the “This Week” roundtable.

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan argued that with the breakneck speed of the campaign this year, dogs may be the topic of the week, but they are not here to stay.

“There are literally thousands of people in the United States now who are employed to cover these campaigns minute by minute and they need something to say,” Noonan said.  “And so it’s dogs today.  It’ll be cats tomorrow.”

As long as the dog story persists, ABC News contributor Donna Brazile said Romney should be worried. The presumptive GOP nominee has been thus far unable to shake free from the story of putting his dog Seamus in a kennel strapped to the roof of his car during a 12-hour drive from Boston to Ontario, Canada for a family vacation in 1983.

“This is a narrative, and for Mitt Romney, he has to be concerned about the Seamus scandal because it might fit into this narrative that perhaps he’s not like us,” Brazile said.

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Tuesday
Jan252011

Movement to Draft Keith Olbermann for Senate Taking Shape

Photo Courtesy - MSNBC-TV(PHILADELPHIA) -- Senator Keith Olbermann?

The liberal that liberals love to love is being goaded by at least one group of activists to make a run for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut that will be left open by Independent Joe Lieberman when he retires in two years.

Olbermann announced on his Countdown show last Friday that he was immediately parting ways with MSNBC but gave no reason for the split. It was later revealed that Olbermann and the channel had been arranging his departure for weeks, ostensibly over contract issues, although the takeover of parent company NBC by Comcast has been mentioned as a factor.

While delivering politically-charged diatribes against conservatives, Olbermann has never discussed getting involved in public service. In fact, he says all he wants to do now is work on his on MLB.com blog, Baseball Nerd.

Yet liberal activists attending a conference in Pennsylvania over the weekend are attempting to draft Olbermann to run for Lieberman's soon-to-be vacant seat.

A blogger named Stranded Wind wrote that said that Olbermann "used to live in Connecticut and could easily return and establish residency." The movement is expected to gain steam on social networking sites.

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