Long-time nighttime news anchor Keith Olbermann announced at the end of his broadcast last evening that he would be ending his 8 year prime time run as host of MSNBC’s “Countdown” weeknight broadcast. Mr. Olbermann had been suspended for 2 days in November by MSNBC corporate owner NBC in November for exercising his constitutional rights by donating to two Congressional campaigns, one being that of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot recently in an assassination attempt at a Tucson “Congress on the Corner” supermarket event at which 6 were killed and 13 others wounded.
Given the vitriolic political atmosphere in the recent past it is further disturbing news. This weeks departure of Senator Joseph Lieberman from the 2012 U.S. Senate race here in Connecticut and the jockeying by suitors for that position two years in advance is also disturbing. U.S. Representative Chris Murphy’s comments regarding his intention to raise at least 8 figures in campaign warchest cash, the renewed cash campaigning of just-defeated $50 million U.S. Senate candidate and comedy/violence marketeer Linda McMahon are also disturbing. Lieberman’s disloyalty to the voters of CT is also disturbing.
The onset of new governmental Administration in Hartford is welcome. Also welcome is sending a Congressional delegation to Washington representing the party in power in the White House, and sending support to our President still just inaugurated exactly 2 years ago this week. Sending the dean of that delegation back, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is also reassuring. Sending new U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal is a fresh bit of news. The candidacy of Susan Bysiewicz for the vacated U.S. Senate seat is promising. The retirement of U.S. Senator Chris Dodd is a welcome development. And Lieberman’s pending departure is a most welcome development, indeed.
There is much disappointment around the nation today regarding Keith’s departure. Notable is the lack of similar sentiment locally or nationwide for the departure of a former Vice Presidential Nominee who came within a whisker of actually being Vice President, a former Presidential candidate and a Senator for as long as Joe Lieberman has been. Keith Olbermann is leaving his “Countdown” desk as he occupied it–with a bit of a reluctant bang[from his supporters, not from himself]. Lieberman leaves the District of Columbia pretty much as he occupied it for all these years, with a whimper.