The day after the Republican convention ended, Olbermann named John McCain the "Worst Person in the World." Olbermann lamented that when McCain suggested to Time magazine that Iraq is now a "peaceful and stable country," he revealed "a man suffering from at least one actual delusion, to say nothing of an utter disrespect for the meaning of the loss of life. It is not funny. It is shameful."
And MSNBC wants more "candid analysis."
After Barack Obama concluded his Athenian oration from Invesco Field in Denver, Olbermann and Matthews weren't glum. They were absolutely giddy. Olbermann was wowed: "For 42 minutes, not a sour note and spellbinding throughout in a way usually reserved for the creations of fiction. An extraordinary political statement." Matthews found a way to top that, and thumb conservatives in the eye: "You know, I've been criticized for saying he inspires me, and to Hell with my critics! ... In the Bible, they talk about Jesus serving the good wine last. I think the Democrats did the same."
The goo flowed like lava from a volcano over Barack's historic acceptance address. Restraining his thrilled leg, Matthews also announced: "It is an iconic night in history: We'll all remember this night as long as we live." Olbermann oozed that Obama was both Mandela and Gorbachev: "it happens as suddenly in some respects as the Soviet Union crumbled or apartheid was beaten in South Africa."
Outside of special events coverage, MSNBC's executives haven't really seen the light about how their Obamaholics Unanimous lineup is bad for ratings. Even as they yank Matthews and Olbermann away from the anchor desk, MSNBC's adding hard-left Air America radio host Rachel Maddow to consolidate the "progressive" carpet-bombing after dark. They think they're the Genius Channel. In a gooey Boston Globe puff piece on Maddow, MSNBC prime-time boss Bill Wolff declared his network is a brand for "high-powered intellects ... I'm not saying we're NPR, but there is an appetite for really smart discussion of the news."
And these people think John McCain is suffering from a delusion.