Don’t put Keith Olbermann back on MSNBC

The effort to reinstate Keith Olbermann to his spot in MSNBC’s lineup is impressive, but is that really good for the progressive movement’s future?

Does it seem like a good idea to keep providing profits and authority to a network and corporation so clearly bent to supporting the other side?

Why not find some alternative in which Keith Olbermann’s tremendous talent, intellect and charisma are channeled in to benefiting the progressive movement without the side effect of buckets full of profits to right wing overlords?

My humble suggestion is that we encourage Keith Olbermann to become Senator Olbermann.  There is a job opening up in Connecticut in 2012, currently occupied by Joe Lieberman.

The undertaking would not be easy, nor cheap.  But, as Ned Lamont demonstrated in 2006, it is absolutely do-able.  Keith Olbermann has the capacity for this undertaking and would be a great leading voice during the 2012 national campaign.

My belief is that if he were to begin this effort now (in the next 3-4 months) by early 2012, he would be in a very strong position, and in addition to helping Democrats up and down the ticket throughout Connecticut, he could be a fund raising powerhouse for the party nationwide.  He would be a strong voice of sharp and precise rhetoric to combat the amplified lunacy of the (fox)right.  With an aggressive campaign to the left, he could flip the conventional wisdom on its head, demonstrating that running left IS running strong.  Once elected, he would be a powerful leader for the progressive movement and an agent of change within the US Senate, where the quality of membership has fallen off significantly over the last several decades.

We need to start going after them the way they go after us.  Unrelenting, consistent messaging.  Put Keith Olbermann out there as our first candidate, our version of Marco Rubio, standing tall without fear, but a whole lot more honest and intelligent.

Who is with me?  Tweet your support to knock out Joe Lieberman with the hashtag: #kojoe2012


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  1. Interesting idea. I’d like to think his tremendous talent and powers for Good are better suited to the TV, because it reaches such a far larger audience. For example, it’s rare we hear anything from Al Franken these days, and while I’m pleased he ran and won, it did seem to silence his powerful national voice. I need Mr. Olbermann to tell me, every day, what he and his crew thinks is most important, not because I don’t have my own thoughts, but because it’s impossible these days to keep track of everything, and it’s good to hear either validation or additional information. And maybe Mr. O IS inspiring others to run. That, to me, is why we need him back, in the catbird seat, so to speak!

    • While I agree he does tremendously good things on the air, the potential is there to do so much more if we had elected Democrats speaking out with the same voice. While you may not see the impact of Al Franken, believe me, he is doing phenomenal things as an advocate and fund raiser for organizations, the party (and state/county parties), and other candidates.

      We need a vocal progressive majority in the Senate, the more members they gain, the more capacity to do great things each individual will have. More than that, we need progressive voices that can package ideas in to language that will be understood, accepted and repeated by Americans all over the country. Senator Olbermann would be able to deliver that.

      Of course, this all ignores the reality that as long as he stays on MSNBC, he is making money for the other side. We need a real progressive owned, progressive supporting media outlet, or we need to find new ways of communicating to the masses. We cannot continue financing the other side’s operation.

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