As I watched MSNBC"s coverage of the second night of the Democratic Convention, I couldn't help but miss Keith Olbermann. His unique presence would have added so much more to the panel, even though I do like Rachel, Ed, and Chris. The Republican token wasn't needed, but I guess in the interest of being fair, they could have done worse. I prefer Keith to Al Sharpton every time, but of course, Olbermann is not visible in 2012, on any network that I'm aware of. I will always remember he was the one on that historic election night in 2008 who figured out that, since Obama was going to carry CA, WA, and OR, their electoral points put Obama way over the required 270. For me, his was the voice I heard saying that Barack Obama had just been elected POTUS.
We have our generation's Edward R. Murrow. We need to share him with everyone we know.
Anyway, that being said, here's a flashback to Keith's Special Commentary:
On the 22nd of May, 1856, as the deteriorating American political system veered toward the edge of the cliff, U.S. Rep. Preston Brooks of South Carolina shuffled into the Senate of this nation, his leg stiff from an old dueling injury, supported by a cane. And he looked for the familiar figure of the prominent senator from Massachusetts, Charles Sumner.
Brooks found Sumner at his desk, mailing out copies of a speech he had delivered three days earlier â€” a speech against slavery.
The congressman matter-of-factly raised his walking stick in midair and smashed its metal point across the senatorâ€™s head.
Congressman Brooks hit his victim repeatedly. Sen. Sumner somehow got to his feet and tried to flee. Brooks chased him and delivered untold blows to Sumnerâ€™s head. Even though Sumner lay unconscious and bleeding on the Senate floor, Brooks finally stopped beating him only because his cane finally broke.
Others will cite John Brownâ€™s attack on the arsenal at Harperâ€™s Ferry as the exact point after which the Civil War became inevitable.
In point of fact, it might have been the moment, not when Brooks broke his cane over the prostrate body of Sen. Sumner â€” but when voters in Brooksâ€™ district started sending him new canes.
Tonight, we almost wonder to whom President Bush will send the next new cane.
There is tonight no political division in this country that he and his party will not exploit, nor have not exploited; no anxiety that he and his party will not inflame.
There is no line this president has not crossed â€” nor will not cross â€” to keep one political party in power.
He has spread any and every fear among us in a desperate effort to avoid that which he most fears â€” some check, some balance against what has become not an imperial, but a unilateral presidency.MORE AT THIS LINK