Yesterday, a Colorado Springs Gazette editorial and a big percentage of online poll takers deemed Congressman Doug Lamborn's line that compared being associated with Barack Obama to touching a tar baby no big deal.
Keith Olbermann begs to differ. On his Current TV show last night, he called the Lamborn remark flat-out racism en route to anointing him the "Worst Person in the World." See the clip below.
Olbermann dismissed Lamborn's apology to Obama for using a term that "some find insensitive," maintaining that "tar baby" has been continuously demeaning to African Americans since the 1880s. He also took a shot, although not by name, at KHOW, the radio station where Lamborn delivered the dubious description on Friday, asserting that it attracts a "white, Beck/Hannity carrying radio station audience that secretly delights in hearing those remarks."
Yes, Glenn Beck has been a longtime feature of KHOW's lineup, while Sean Hannity is a fairly recent addition, replacing Olbermann's old foil, Bill O'Reilly.
By the way, Lamborn -- or, as Olbermann refers to him, "Doug 'I'm sorry if I called you a cracker, became some people find the term cracker insensitive, I mean moron' Lamborn" -- narrowly won last night's Worst Person in the World honors over Pat Buchanan, who wrote in the context of the debt-ceiling debate: "Mocked by The Wall Street Journal and Sen. John McCain as the little people of the 'Lord of the Rings' books, the Tea Party 'Hobbits' are indeed returning to Middle Earth -- to nail the coonskin to the wall."
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Yes, "coonskin" -- a term that "some find insensitive" as applied to a president of African-American descent.
Click here to listen to the entire Lamborn appearance, and check out the Olbermann segment below.
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