Olbermann: Absurd Dog Issues Dogging Candidates

Sunday, 22 Apr 2012 02:46 PM

By Amy Woods

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Keith Olbermann, making a debut appearance Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” sounded off about the Secret Service scandal, the canine controversy between Republican candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, and baseball.

Olbermann said the 12 agents accused of hiring hookers during a security detail in Cartagena, Colombia, don’t necessarily reflect Obama or the administration.

“Is it possible that this was suddenly the idea of six, 10, a dozen agents for the first time?” he asked during the roundtable discussion. “It has some indicative value, but I don’t know that it indicates, necessarily, a growth or a decrease in the quality of government.”

In what he called the “proverbial man-bites-dog story,” Olbermann said the accusations between Republicans and Democrats have become absurd. Romney has raised ire for strapping his dog on the roof of his car during a road trip, and Obama’s disclosure he consumed dog meat as a child in Indonesia has raised eyebrows.

“Every time a Republican is accused of something, the strategy has been, for the last five, 10 years, to try to find something that is similar to it or contains the same key word, such as dog,” Olbermann said. “It raises the level of absurdity to something exponential.”

Finally, following the 21st perfect game in baseball history Saturday by the Chicago White Sox, who defeated the Seattle Mariners 4-0, Olbermann discussed the importance of the sport in American history.

“This tension over the decades between tearing down our past in baseball and continuing it … there is always this tension,” he said, referring to Fenway Park, which celebrated its 100th year during an opening-day game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

“Fortunately, that pendulum has swung back toward recognizing that the history is a vital part of this game.”

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