I’m one of the few people I know who doesn’t have a huge man-crush on Keith Olbermann (probably because I can still hear his voice at ESPN going “from downtown, BANG!”), but last night’s “Special Comment” was a watershed moment.

First, the obvious stuff:

You are a liar, Mr. Bush, and after showing some skill at it, you have ceased to even be a very good liar.

Wait, wait, he’s just warming up.

Then comes a vocabulary lesson for Jonah Goldberg:

If you believe in the seamless mutuality of government and big business — come out and say it!

There is a dictionary definition, one word that describes that toxic blend.

You’re a fascist — get them to print you a t-shirt with “fascist” on it!

What else is this but fascism?

And here’s the part where Olbermann really stuck his beak into the camera.

If the President seems to be throwing the baby out with the bathwater, it means we can safely conclude… there is no baby.

Because if there were, sir, now that you have vetoed an extension of this eavesdropping, if some terrorist attack were to follow…

You would not merely be guilty of siding with the terrorists…

You would not merely be guilty of prioritizing the telecoms over the people…

You would not merely be guilty of stupidity…

You would not merely be guilty of treason, sir…

You would be personally, and eternally, responsible.

Republican politics have become “GOP labor theory + terrorism”. Other guys get to strap on the bombs and george-bush their way through flight school so they can fly planes into buildings. But then, the Republican get to tell us what it means. The Republicans are al Qaeda’s spokesmen. “The terrorists want ____.” “You have to _____ or the terrorrists will kill you.”

It’s like they’re working together or something.

You take a Republican’s notion of out-sourcing, let the other guys do the dirty work, and then you get all their political leverage. Brilliant!

Or at least it used to be.

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