The concept of "beating a dead horse" is not lost on us here at the Wire. We understand that running video of the same pundit four days in a row is akin to Glenn Beck tearing up on camera--it gets old after a while. But this week, Keith Olbermann has made us come back for more, and more, and more.
Olbermann's unhinged week comes on the heels of Jon Stewart's series of blowups on The Daily Show. Are we seeing a polemical arms-race of liberal outrage? It's hard to say, but we've seldom seen Olbermann as coolly enraged as he was during a marathon "Special Comment" Thursday night. The topic: The Supreme Court's controversial decision on corporate speech. The subject matter: the end of the world as we know it.
It is almost literally true that any political science fiction nightmare you can now dream up, no matter whether you are conservative or a liberal, it is now legal. Because the people who can make it legal can now be entirely bought and sold. No actual citizens required in the campaign fund raising process. And the entirely bought and sold politicians can change any laws.At this point, Olbermann is already edging into Noam Chomsky territory. And then he told us what we should "be prepared for."