The Least, First

Monte Asbury's blog

Olberman warning to Clinton: “That way, madness lies”

with 14 comments

What a breath of fresh air it is to hear someone speak who acknowledges the elephant in the room!

These are strong words, but badly needed. Bravo to Keith Olberman for confronting misconduct, and for offering hope—after these dark Bush years—that unethical campaigning might still be wrong.

Tags: , , , , , , , Monte Asbury


Written by Monte

March 13, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Posted in Politics, Race

14 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. An amazing and obviously difficult message delivered by one truly concerned for Senator Clinton. A memorable example of speaking the truth in love.

    I’ve voted in nine presidential elections – for nine Republicans. But during the last decade I’ve grown increasingly discontent with the “us against them” mentality and rhetoric of both parties and the many Americans whom they are faithfully representing while little progress is made against the formidable challenges we face as a nation.

    I am impressed with Senator Obama’s refusal to take the safe road but instead, with respect and humility, challenging us with his memorable speech on race. And this is only the most recent example of the uncommon leadership which I believe characterizes the man. And I’m not just considering words and speeches. Look at his campaign which is being hailed as remarkable and to be used as a model for future campaigns.

    I still disagree with Mr. Obama in some points of economics and taxation but I believe he is a once-in-a lifetime leader that I hope has the chance to move America toward a more perfect union. Yes! I believe he can. In fact – already has.

    Monte Says: Terry, well said. I’m sure I have disagreements with Obama on some policy issues, as well. But I think there are a lot of good ideas out there that get lost in the way outrage drives people into demonizing one another. I suspect that if a President could listen to the world – not to sacrifice American interest, but to realize our interests are not exclusive of those of others – a great deal of terrorism’s ability to recruit would simply dry up. And I think there’s a chance Obama could be that listener.


    March 23, 2008 at 9:03 am

  2. Right! Consider poverty: The right’s passion is personal responsibility. The left’s passion is extra help to those who start far behind.
    Who is right? Both are! No approach to poverty has ever worked that did not include both.
    Legislators working only within their party will write law that addresses their own passion. But only in combining the passions of both sides does truly brilliant legislation happen. It isn’t that the substance is compromised out (and that’s not what Obama means); it’s that other good insights are added in.

    And only in combining the passions of both sides does legislation survive the next changing of the guard. You’ve gotta do more than force your own agenda to truly lead well.

    It’s not as exciting – listening carefully to other views, as opposed to demonizing them – but until we shift out of the who-cares-about-the-opposition mode, change won’t last. None of us will get what we want. We’ll be deadlocked by all-or-nothing extremism.

    And that’s the old way, the way of Bush and the way of Clinton.


    March 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm

  3. There is no longer the “loyal opposition;” dissent IS treason. :(


    March 21, 2008 at 6:17 am

  4. huntingdonpost is a sad example of what is dramatically wrong with modern US politics – rabid partisanship. Both parties have moved beyond idealogical differences on issues and into outright warfare. What one Party espouses the other decries – seemingly no matter what that thing is.


    March 21, 2008 at 6:17 am

  5. I don’t want more of Bush and Cheney, either, but there are lots of Repubs who aren’t of that stripe. Why would I want to be bipartisan? I think of two good reasons:

    1) the Dems aren’t the only ones with good ideas, and
    2) nothing passes and lasts without bipartisan support

    Clinton’s 90’s healthcare adventure is what you get from fighting – nada.


    March 20, 2008 at 6:13 pm

  6. I am a loyal Democrat, but I probably won’t vote for Obama. His bipartisan message turns me off bigtime. Why would I want more of what Bush and Cheney had to offer when they have made such a mess of the world. And what is wrong with partisan politics? Clinton is an old school politician, which is why I want her elected.


    March 15, 2008 at 11:33 pm

  7. At the risk of being Mr. Obvious, let me start by saying that race is a touchy subject, and anyone in the public eye should have the good sense to keep a 10-foot pole constantly in reach to NOT touch it with.

    Having said that, I think it’s too bad that GF can’t say what she said without being attacked as racist. I disagree completely with her analysis of the situation, but can see where she would arrive at it, and have honestly wondered myself if the enthusiasm for Obama would be what it is were he not black. (I think it would, by the way, because after 8 years of Bush, he comes through as the anti-Bush)

    However, we also must remember that being black is a part of what he IS, and it’s not a trivial part. Here’s where I get called a racist. As a white man, what blacks am I to look up to? Al Sharpton? There’s pretty much MLK jr. and not much else. This nation needs a charismatic, moderate, coalition building, black leader who DOESN’T hate whites. It needs a leader who IS willing to try to see the perspective of other nations and work with them rather than bullying them, and who will just do the right thing.

    Which leads me to the analsysis of oberman, which is spot on in observing that Hillary is losing ground because she is perceived to be an old school politician who will hide in the gray area rather than simply doing the right thing. Obama’s appeal is precisely that he has said the right thing when it was unpopular, done the right thing when it was unpopular, and somehow in spite of this has not evaporated as a viable political candidate.


    March 15, 2008 at 2:31 am

  8. Between the tactics of the Clintonistas, and the hate filled hypocrisy of Obama, looks like McCain will win.
    I liked Obama early, and voted for him, but now I’m having real doubts about him. He is a dreamer, but no solutions. What was the big deal for me is his association with his preacher. Seems like Obama is enjoying using the race card as much as Hillary. But black racism and bigotry don’t get as much press as white racism. Look at what happened to Geraldine. If she was a black woman, she’s still be on the payroll.


    March 14, 2008 at 12:59 pm

  9. You’re right, J, that there is much damage done. But I think we may be surprised at how much of it can be repaired. The loyal Clintonista is not going to want McCain to be Pres, is not a newcomer to the process, and more likely to be a habitual voter – I think they’ll vote anyway, though they’re mad at the moment. It also seems to me that a number of friends of mine were predisposed toward Clinton, but have been dismayed by her conduct. In the long run, it is probably a good thing that her true colors have been revealed by the campaign, even though some won’t understand.
    I’ve heard that Obama is interested in Repubs Richard Lugar as Sec of State and Chuck Hagel as Sec of Defense. If those possibilities are widely discussed during the campaign, they could have an interesting effect that would be attractive to many.


    March 14, 2008 at 12:15 pm

  10. Sorry to break it to you, Monty, but the damage is already done. Clinton has effectively split the Dems. If Obama nominated a lot of Clintonistas won’t vote for him; if Clinton “acquires” the nomination a lot of Obama supporters will be disillusioned by the whole process and not vote for Clinton.

    It’s most likely McCain in ’08!

    I wish I could gloat over that, but I’m actually split between McCain and Obama since I both like and dislike separate parts of their platform.


    March 14, 2008 at 5:59 am

  11. that was great! thanks. Clinton has turned out to be a horrible disappointment and embarrassment.


    March 13, 2008 at 4:29 pm

  12. Shazzam! You’ve already embedded it. :)

    Monte Says: You’re powerful! How’d you do that?


    March 13, 2008 at 3:30 pm

  13. Just saw the video of Olbermann’s spot-on comments and second your sentiments.

    There is an embeddable vid here:


    March 13, 2008 at 3:29 pm

  14. Yep, that’s about the size of it. I support McCain, but I would have liked a fair fight in November. The way it stands now, that’s unlikely.

    Monte Says: I’ve still got my fingers crossed, but the Clinton touch certainly seems to darken whatever it lands upon. Thanks for coming by!


    March 13, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: