Keith Olbermann didn’t waste any time feeling out his adversaries last night as he resumed his “Countdown” show on its new Current TV home.John Dean? When was he last relevant, about 35 years ago?
Five months after his abrupt departure from MSNBC, Olbermann front-loaded a clip of GOP Sen. John McCain criticizing fellow Republicans for what McCain called isolationist views on U.S. military aid to rebels fighting Libyan President Muammar Qaddafi.
When McCain wondered what Ronald Reagan would say, Olbermann cut off the clip and sharply declared Reagan would say “nothing. He’s dead, he was a lousy President and he helped keep Qaddafi in power.”
As Olbermann had promised, the new “Countdown” sounded a lot like the old one – sometimes bemused, sometimes cranky, sometimes outraged. His first guest list included old friends like filmmaker Michael Moore, who talked about Libya; former White House Counsel John Dean, who talked about potential financial conflicts of interest for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; and reporter/commentators Kenneth Vogel and David Schuster.
Some of Olbermann’s targets were equally familiar. He resurrected his “worst person in the world” feature, which he has said he hopes will have a humorous rather than nasty tone, and third place on the first night went to Sarah Palin. Olbermann noted she had trademarked her name for, among other things, educational and entertainment purposes, and said, “Sarah Palin, educational purpose? That patent is an idiot.”Imagine: Having an audience large enough that you're able to integrate advertising into your show. What a novel concept.
He criticized conservative talk hosts Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck and Mark Levin for integrating advertisers into their commentary. The fact he pronounced Levin’s name “LEH-vin,” rather than “Le-VIN,” suggested he may not be a regular listener.
Olberdork also had on the diminutive psychopath Markos Moulitsas, last seen humiliating himself in the wake of the Anthony Weiner scandal.
He did, however, let contributor Markos Moulits from The Daily Kos rip into MSNBC and, in particular, MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough. The show ran four minutes long, in fact, largely because Moulits got on such a roll charging that Scarborough was allowed to “dictate” guests even on other MSNBC programs.The fact the reviewer misspelled the name Moulitsas suggests he may not be a regular reader. That's his good fortune.
Olbermann delivered no audible amens, smiling and letting Moulits fire the heavy artillery
If you haven't eaten already and need to purge, here's the opening segment: