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Olbermann Lashes Out at Obama With Nazi-Era Reference

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"the viewer can go ahead and look it up if they wish"

The list of liberal pundits jumping from the Obama ship keeps growing. Add to it Keith Olbermann. During Tuesday Night's "Countdown," Olbermann ranted for over 11 minutes about Obamas "tax cut" deal with Republicans. But always the class act, and original, Olbermann made sure to get in a Nazi reference.

As Mediaite's Tommy Christopher points out, Olbermann tried to tip-toe around the reference, but it was still pretty clear:

He might deny it, using a lace doily of a fig leaf that would embarrass even Rush Limbaugh, but Countdown host Keith Olbermann’s “Special Comment” Tuesday night heavily featured that most Godwinian of rhetorical devices: the Nazi comparison.

So what did Olbermann say? Well after opening his rant with a Winston Churchill quote and contrasting it with a statement from a secret government source, Olbermann goes on to insinuate Nazi appeasement:

The Churchill quotation — as opposed to the quotation from the very Senior member of your Administration, Mr. President — is from October 5th, 1938.

I don’t want to make any true comparison to the historical event to which it related; the viewer can go ahead and look it up if they wish; I will confess I won’t fight if anybody wants to draw a comparison between what you’ve done with our domestic politics of our day, to what Neville Chamberlain did with the international politics of his.

As Christopher puts it: "Translation: 'I'm not sayin, I'm just sayin.'"

One final point before the video. You'll hear Olbermann get angry with his government source for making some belittling comment that since Olbermann disagreed with the deal, he must just not have understood it. Here's Olbermann's reaction:

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.

Maybe I'm reading into things, but Olbermann's complaint there sounds a lot like what conservatives have been noticing with the administration for the last two years -- mainly, every time Obama and the democrats fail, it's only a communication problem, or the voters just aren't smart enough to understand what's going on. Say it ain't so, Keith!

Now, the video:

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