Not So Fast

The weight of the Corner apparently is against Keith Olbermann. In his latest dustup, he’s the bad guy — the baby, the hothead, the nutjob. Me, I’m not so sure. In any dispute between Olby and Al Gore, I have to hesitate. Keith Olbermann may not have a Nobel Peace Prize. He may not have been vice president, and the winner of the popular vote in a presidential race. But when it comes to some contest of reason between him and Gore, I’m not entirely sure he loses.

Remember: It was Al Gore who made Olby the star, the centerpiece, of his (Gore’s) network. Right? 

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