There’s a movement afoot to draft Keith Olbermann to run for U.S. Senate in Connecticut in 2012.
Small problem: he doesn’t actually live in the state, though he used to. But that hasn’t stopped a Daily Kos contributor who goes by the name Stranded Wind from flouting the idea. He or she has set up a Facebook page and a Twitter account promoting Olbermann’s candidacy.
“So … now that Keith has been thrown out by the Comcast merger [not true – ST]… he’ll take a few weeks off, clean the garage, maybe go fishing … but a man his age is nowhere near ready for retirement,” Stranded Wind writes. “He is, however, just old enough, smart enough, polished enough, and has all of the other attributes that would make him a darned good Senator for the state of Connecticut.”
“Stranded Wind” most definitely has my support in this endeavor – especially if Linda McMahon decides to give it another try in 2012. Can you imagine that match up? The pundits would have a field day.
As to “what’s next” for the far left icon? Media guru and Daily Beast columnist Howie Kurtz weighs in:
It won’t be CNN or Fox. (Been there, done that.) Howie Kurtz of the Daily Beast told [George Stephanopoulos] on “GMA” to bet on the internet.
“When he had that suspension, 300,000 people signed an online petition asking him to stay on the air,” Kurtz said, referring to when NBC took Keith Olbermann off the air for donating to political campaigns. “That’s a pretty good base and I wouldn’t be surprised if he started an internet channel.”
“I think it is very safe to predict we have not heard the last of Keith Olbermann,” Kurtz told me.
No doubt about that. We’re in the New Tone™ Era aka the “Age of Civility” – and I suspect ol’ Keith probably figures he’s the perfect guy to help lead the way when it comes to a “kinder, gentler” style of debate …