Hillary Clinton On Olbermann's Countdown Tonight

By Big Tent Democrat

Here is an interesting development; Hillary Clinton will appear on the Obama News Network's Countdown program with Obama's O'Reilly, Keith Olbermann.

What approach should Clinton have in that appearance do you think? My view is she should come in prepared to discuss only issues. Presumably, Olbermann will have the guts to say to Clinton's face the awful things he has said in his broadcasts. IF and when he does, I think she should go aggressively against him. Be prepared to critique him and his network's atrocious journalistic performance. Picking a fight with the Media, especially NBC, on the eve of the PA election would be smart imo.

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    I think a "I can handle even you" stance (5.00 / 6) (#1)
    by andgarden on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 08:21:10 AM EST
    would be smart.

    I don't think he'll have the guts to really challenge her, anyway.

    Any challenge to her (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by Lahdee on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 08:28:58 AM EST
    from him would be directly proportional to the amount of ego inflated prior to air, less ego better segment.

    Nah (5.00 / 1) (#104)
    by Fredster on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 04:38:39 PM EST
    I truly don't believe he's got the b@lls to confront her directly.  However, I'd love to see her turn it around and throw a few things at him and see if he's got the cajones to be a man and try to defend himself.

    (sigh)  I hope he's not gonna be on the pre-game for the football shows this fall.  I'd hate to have to change the channel and them miss kick off.  Here's a thought:  He can cover Arena football!  Yeah...THAT's the ticket!


    Wow (5.00 / 11) (#2)
    by nellre on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 08:21:39 AM EST
    She is one brave one.

    This should be interesting (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by Lahdee on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 08:26:43 AM EST
    Wonder what it'll do for his numbers? I wonder what the expectations are of Olbermann and his producers, will there be questions of substance or inside baseball? I'll bet on the latter.

    He was over the top critical of (5.00 / 1) (#56)
    by bjorn on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:35:06 AM EST
    ABC for their irrelevant, gossipy questions so he has put himself in a box, but knowing Keith's double standard I don't think that will stop him.  I am not sure what she is hoping for...I think he has been so disrespectful that I would not have given him the time of day!

    She has to (none / 0) (#106)
    by Lahdee on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 05:01:03 PM EST
    she really has to demonstrate that she's above it all.

    Something like (5.00 / 5) (#5)
    by felizarte on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 08:35:40 AM EST
    "If you wanted me on your show, all you had to do was ask. You know I would have made time for you." and laugh.

    Wow. (5.00 / 13) (#7)
    by rooge04 on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 08:41:11 AM EST
    She is a brave woman.  Olbermann will not have the courage to say the things he said about her to her face. Guaranteed.

    May be a big mistake... (5.00 / 3) (#8)
    by Exeter on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 08:41:56 AM EST
    Olbermann will probably think he is reenacting the Edward R. Murrow interview of Joe McCarthey. But, he seems to be not-so-tough when he's actually facing the person he's been maligning. Plus, I have a feeling that if Clinton gives him a few compliments he will be too distracted by his own ego to go after her hard.  The worst thing she can do is be over-confrontational with him.

    She inevitably loses in the media (5.00 / 2) (#13)
    by oculus on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 08:49:10 AM EST
    whenever she is deemed to have gone negative.  Not a good plan the eve of such an important primary.  As one of the Obama spokespersons sd., she is running out of real estate.

    Yeah -- too risky... (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by Exeter on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:02:36 AM EST
    ...why not go on after tuesday?  Although, who knows, actually KO isn't that likable or popular. Maybe he's the perfect caricature of media bias and him going after her would be a good thing.

    I can just see it (5.00 / 3) (#34)
    by Lahdee on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:07:34 AM EST
    Olbermann goes off on one of his 5 minute questions, hedging and qualifying, obfuscating and blubbering while the Senator sits by waiting for the "question" to complete, he will stop and she will look at him, smile and say "Yes, I am better qualified." The ensuing silence will end with a barely audible harrumph from him.

    There's nothing he can say to her (5.00 / 7) (#41)
    by felizarte on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:22:04 AM EST
    that she won't be able to handle gracefully and wittily.

    There are two ways to (5.00 / 3) (#58)
    by bjorn on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:36:40 AM EST
    engage a narcissist: 1) give them narcissistic supply  or compliments galore or 2) go right in their face because most of them are bullies that back down when confronted.

    No Way (5.00 / 5) (#80)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 10:25:00 AM EST
    Every woman out there will tell you that in our culture, when you are being attacked you must go to the source.  For whatever reason, your personal power becomes restored if you can not necessarily "confront" but just go one on one.  She's very intelligent and very capable, she will be fine.  He's the one who had better be very careful!

    Obamann specializes in taking down starlets (4.00 / 1) (#57)
    by Ellie on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:36:10 AM EST
    And even then it's the ones who are careening their way into rehab.

    Were he around today, Murrow would clearly be snorting along with fellow middle-aged doughboy Michael Musto over Lindsay Lohan's battle with alcohol and urging him to heap another vaudevillian fat joke onto Britney Spears.

    Ramblin': Maybe I'm just bitter that the one cable newsie I truly, madly love -- Anderson Kewper -- is the one I can never have. I plan to settle for the lovely parting gift of a dawg version when the neighbor-dog has pups someday and delivers a drop dead gorge blue eyed silver furred Siberian Husky that I will call Kewper.


    And then she is on Larry King at 9PM (5.00 / 4) (#10)
    by BarnBabe on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 08:46:42 AM EST
    Maybe she taped one or the other. I hope Keith can be civil with her, but then I saw when Tweety is with her, he gushes and beams.

    My prediction (5.00 / 4) (#12)
    by Lora on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 08:47:24 AM EST
    I'm betting Olbermann will have some new mud to sling to try to throw her off-balance.  Given her aplomb in handling curve balls and her readiness to call out BS when she sees it, I bet she'll make a strong showing.  However I further predict her strong showing will be spun into the usual, maybe with a few new adjectives this time.

    New mud? (5.00 / 4) (#16)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 08:52:53 AM EST
    I doubt it. There is no new mud.

    They Manufacture Mud (5.00 / 2) (#28)
    by flashman on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:03:12 AM EST
    New mud (none / 0) (#86)
    by Lora on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 11:13:14 AM EST
    Mud that hasn't been tossed around this year yet.

    A Strike Into Enemy Territory (5.00 / 7) (#14)
    by flashman on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 08:49:47 AM EST
    This is an interesting move for her.  I don't see her getting combative.  She's been very adept at finessing her critics.  I think she can easily outmanuver KO.  He will try to to fein dignity, as he ususally does, but she'll run circles around him.  I wonder if I should break my boycott to watch???

    We should. (5.00 / 3) (#45)
    by felizarte on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:23:34 AM EST
    If only to demonstrate how much viewership he has lost by being overtly pro-Bama

    Good Point (none / 0) (#51)
    by flashman on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:26:20 AM EST
    what time is it and where online? (none / 0) (#99)
    by dotcommodity on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 02:22:18 PM EST
    I don't have cable from when I wouldnt pay fox

    YouTube - who needs TV? n/t (none / 0) (#42)
    by Fabian on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:22:22 AM EST
    Andre (5.00 / 4) (#15)
    by Andre on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 08:52:08 AM EST
    I'm pretty convinced that any candidate who criticizes the media directly can score points with the electorate.  Am I wrong in saying that the American public is not enamoured of the MSM?  I don't think I am.  I've had this belief since 2000 when I think the public started to catch on to what the media was doing to Gore, and unfortunately it wasn't enough at that time, but it has only gotten worse since, and the American public sees it

    I don't know (5.00 / 4) (#17)
    by Dave B on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 08:55:27 AM EST
    My perception is that people either love Olbermann or they hate him.  The ones who currently love him are Obama supporters.  Everyone else seems to be in the other camp.

    I used to love him (5.00 / 4) (#29)
    by dianem on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:03:14 AM EST
    I knew he slanted the news against Bush, but he was the only major cable channel that was exposing the Bush scandals, and I loved hearing that. I suspected it was just a ratings grab, but I wanted to believe otherwise. I wanted to believe that Olbermann really wanted to be a reporter like Murrow. Then he posted on dKos a few times, along the lines of "I really don't hate Obama", and then he started going hard against Clinton. He even did one of his infamous "special comments" about her. I cannot imagine what Clinton has done to earn his ire, but it's one thing to attack a President who is as deserving of attack as Bush, and another entirely to take sides in a Presidential primary. No love left, just a deeper cynicism about what the media are capable of.

    Felt that way about Markos (5.00 / 3) (#38)
    by clio on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:17:46 AM EST
    after reading Crashing the Gate and attending YearlyKos I.
    YearlyKos II seemed  slicker, but okay
    The 6 months, however...

    Disillusion is the bitterest of emotions.  
    And to top it off I feel like a fool.


    You are not alone n/t (5.00 / 2) (#43)
    by dianem on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:23:20 AM EST
    Make that at least three! nt (5.00 / 2) (#85)
    by Radiowalla on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 10:51:29 AM EST
    The anti-HRC apoplexy is so disproportionate (5.00 / 3) (#69)
    by Ellie on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:54:41 AM EST
    ... to anything she's actually done, whether it comes from Obamann, or the front lines of Obama's adoring fanboi mosh pit.

    They've lost all sense of proportion and don't realize they quantify it as extreme every time they WORM out yet another but Hillary did it toooooooo "explanation" of Obama's words or actions.

    Yeah, so if that's the case, why don't they ever sputter some of that bilious in his direction every day? By his own and their measure, he should always be above whatever Bad Monster Lady did at any given time.


    My opinion is that most of America (5.00 / 3) (#77)
    by Kathy on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 10:15:46 AM EST
    in fact, an overwhelming majority of Americans, has absolutely no idea who KO is.

    The ratings support your opinion (5.00 / 2) (#88)
    by dianem on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 11:52:26 AM EST
    He doesn't even get as many viewers as O'Reilly, although he does better in the younger demographics. His show is actually a bit frenetic for me. I recorded it on DVR for a while, but I didn't watch it very often. I guess I'm just an one of those boring old feminists everybody keeps dismissing. I'll just go sit in a corner with my knitting, if I can remember where I put my glasses.

    That's true -- the GOP has been doing that... (5.00 / 2) (#31)
    by Exeter on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:04:50 AM EST
    ...for years. And, realistically, there probably was a "liberal media bias" during the 60s and 70s and when its obvious to everyone, you can score points with it.

    She'll come in and say something (5.00 / 2) (#52)
    by felizarte on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:29:19 AM EST
    like:  I heard you do not like me . . . and I thought I'd like to hear it straight from you. . . "

    one trick (5.00 / 5) (#20)
    by Salo on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 08:59:00 AM EST
    get a sheet of paper with his worst statements about her--and read it back to him.

    and finish off with "wtf Keith, have you no shame?"

    That technique sank Oreilly once or twice.

    I Was Thinking The Same Thing (5.00 / 2) (#44)
    by flashman on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:23:25 AM EST
    The "Have you my shame" line would be very appropriately applied here.

    my shame=no shame, sorry (none / 0) (#47)
    by flashman on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:23:55 AM EST
    Oh, I think she should walk in (5.00 / 1) (#54)
    by Fabian on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:34:47 AM EST
    with a prop - a kitchen sink, offstage.  The minute Keith starts slinging bullsh_t in her direction, she  should should present the sink to him and say "I think you need this.".

    Kitchen sink?  Hillary is no innocent, but when it comes to going negative, I think KO has some 'splainin' to do.


    I'm betting (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by Lena on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 08:59:37 AM EST
    that Olbermann will confine his questions to Obama-issues. I.e. "what did you think about how ABC bashed Obama during the debate?" and "Polls show Obama closing in Pennsylvania. How did he manage that?" Or "What policies do you have in common with Obama?" etc. etc.

    considering... (5.00 / 7) (#24)
    by white n az on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:00:29 AM EST
    that she interviewed with the Pittsburgh Tribune editorial board and won their endorsement, how could going on Countdown be worse?

    I think this actually puts a big burden on Keith to be fair.

    I think (5.00 / 2) (#32)
    by sas on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:06:23 AM EST
    Keith will go into this with the thought that he will score one for the frat boyz at MSNBC.  "Hey, look at me, I'm such a macho guy, I can intimidate her, I'll do a few 'gotchas', and put that b**ch in her place."

    He'll ask some long-winded, meandering (5.00 / 4) (#33)
    by ruffian on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:07:09 AM EST
    questions designed to make himself look smart.  He likes to lace his questions with questionable premises so that the person is in a "damned if they do, damned if they don't" situation.  Hillary will handle it just fine, and I hope she calls him out on his BS in the process.

    You can say a lot of things about Senator C. (5.00 / 7) (#35)
    by clio on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:09:29 AM EST
    and in my day I have.
    (and I still miss JRE. Sigh.)

    But no one on this earth could ever accuse her of lacking the blood and guts to endure the unendurable and after that to go out and confront anyone.  Once she confronts them she stays cool under fire and then blows them away with her mastery of policy and detail.

    If Lincoln could have found a general with her courage and smarts right after Fort Sumter the Civil War would have ended in 1862.

    exactly! (5.00 / 6) (#46)
    by Josey on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:23:39 AM EST
    Hillary has the quality of endurance - and just keeps going!
    Compare that to Mr. Elite whining about questions asked of him that are routinely discussed on rightwing talk radio and TV.

    Oh, my...this should be interesting. (5.00 / 5) (#36)
    by Anne on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:11:45 AM EST
    I have no doubt that Clinton will shine, and I expect her to handle KO with a mix of grace, humor and intelligence - he might want to take notes, in fact, on how that's done - leaving him with two choices: respond in kind, and have a civil and substantive interview of the kind he thinks the electorate needs, or, go into full attack mode and confirm that he hasn't even a scintilla of objectivity where this race is concerned.

    No one will ever be able to say that Hillary is afraid to face anyone or anything; she doesn't whine, and she doesn't pout - she just deals with whatever comes her way with confidence, intelligence and courage.

    What more could we want in a president?

    I want Keith O to squirm (5.00 / 4) (#39)
    by catfish on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:17:56 AM EST
    when you've been talking smack about somebody and they come face-to-face with you, it's not fun.

    This should be interesting.

    I want her to... (5.00 / 1) (#92)
    by kc on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 12:49:56 PM EST
    go on and say, right off the bat, 'I understand th

    at you think I'm another David Duke.'


    This is the time for me to keep my mouth shut, (5.00 / 1) (#40)
    by Sunshine on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:21:31 AM EST
    but I'm not, I don't have any idea what's going on, but I have confidence in Hillary and she will leave with a good impression...

    Hillary Charm (5.00 / 3) (#48)
    by AnninCA on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:24:15 AM EST
    Hillary has a way of surprising those who imagine they don't like her.  If she's actually meeting with him, she may work that to her advantage.

    I predict that after this appearance on KO (5.00 / 1) (#60)
    by felizarte on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:39:00 AM EST
    Keith will tone down his attacks.  The mere fact that she is on the show might already be the signal of things to shift.  The economy is so bad; the big boys of finance are worried and no one has a clear idea on what to do.  Clinton's reputation for competence might be the one steadying factor in these troubled economic times.  Consumer confidence has had great impact on the downward spiraling; It will not be the same with McCain or Obama.  Neither of them will have a clue on what needs to be done PRONTO.

    I never liked him.. always has been (5.00 / 1) (#61)
    by MarkL on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:39:02 AM EST
    a superficial blowhard.

    Scarborough just asked (5.00 / 1) (#64)
    by waldenpond on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:48:11 AM EST
    if Countdown would be a smackdown.  Mika said no, she is smart to do this.  Mika keeps saying Clinton is scrappy. Now, they are being neutral.  WTF.  Months of bashing, neutral for a few days, tomorrow they will be doing a happy dance when she doesnt' get double digits and wanting superdeez to put them out of their misery because the media is bored with the primary.  pfft.

    Can you imagine Obama if the tables were turned? (5.00 / 1) (#66)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:50:35 AM EST
    There would be no way he'd appear in unfriendly terroritory like this.

    Hillary has the Cahones to be president.  

    Olberman is a coward (5.00 / 3) (#68)
    by Stellaaa on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:52:55 AM EST
    He gets his playbook from the fanboys.  He will be on his own, he has no original material.   She can take him down in 2 seconds.  He is like his candidate a muddler.  Afterwards, he will act tough and do a post game rant.  

    Look, she went to the Black State of the Union where people were lambasting her before she came on.  The Audience was hostile and she got them softened up.

     That is what I love about her, the first candidate I have ever supported where I don't have to be nervous about how she/he will handle tough situations.  She just does.  

    She Walks the Talk (5.00 / 6) (#70)
    by AnninCA on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 10:01:40 AM EST
    I saw the way she kept showing up to the various AA events where the reception was chilly and not a good soundbite in sight or a vote to be gained.  Nevertheless, she kept her commitments.

    She is principled.


    Principled (5.00 / 3) (#72)
    by Stellaaa on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 10:04:52 AM EST
    Yep, which makes me so angry when she has been portrayed as untrustworthy and lacking in scruples.  It's the classic Rovian tactic, take a candidate's strength and turn it into a weakness or invert.  

    And the result (5.00 / 2) (#73)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 10:06:07 AM EST
    is that a weak candidate wins.  Yayyy for Democracy! LOL.

    Yay for punditocracy and Yay for ADM. (none / 0) (#82)
    by MarkL on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 10:26:50 AM EST
    I was just reading about shortages of staple foods at grocery stores in some areas.
    If we electt President Cornanol, you may want to drink your car fuel for food.

    Having an 80's flashback (5.00 / 1) (#75)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 10:07:49 AM EST
    Gutsiest move I ever saw, man.  What a Maverick....oops, I forgot, that's McCain.  Gutsy gutsy move, causes me to respect her even more.  Presidents must deal face to face with difficult people during often very stressful times, how Presidential!  Hillary Clinton ROCKS!

    I feel the need, the need to correct myself (5.00 / 1) (#76)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 10:10:13 AM EST
    after further thoughtfulness I realize that wasn't John McCain, that was Duke Cunningham ;)

    Duke "Gimmee Money" Cunningham? (none / 0) (#84)
    by Fabian on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 10:29:17 AM EST
    The true face of the GOP.  Right up with there with Wide Stance and Poopy Pants.  (Can I say "poopy" here?)

    hilarious comment from a friend of mine: (5.00 / 2) (#93)
    by kempis on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 12:57:35 PM EST
    "Maybe she'll ask him if he's going to quit his show since he has no shot at catching O'Reilly in the ratings."


    I actually did LOL at that! (none / 0) (#97)
    by akaEloise on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 02:18:41 PM EST
    That's hilarious ... (none / 0) (#105)
    by Robot Porter on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 04:59:38 PM EST
    and makes a point too.

    My prediction: he will do anything (4.50 / 2) (#37)
    by DandyTIger on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:15:29 AM EST
    and say anything to help "the one" win. Remember, he thinks Clinton is pure evil. He thinks Bill's administration in the 90's was as bad as dubya's. He is in the tank for Obama and will do anything they want. So I think he will act OK initially, but will hammer her on a bunch of things, try to get her to admit the press has been against Obama (like ABC) and for her, that she's a lier and a thief, and eats little babies, etc. And then, here's the kicker, after she's gone, he and his yes men will then go on and on spinning how horrible she was and make fun of anything and everything they can.

    Bottom line, think of what questions/comments he would have for dubya, and multiply by 10 along the nasty scale.

    Before this election (5.00 / 1) (#63)
    by bjorn on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:40:44 AM EST
    Olbermann was always fawning over Bill. He had him on his show a couple of times and acted like he was sitting before the king of the world or something. He had Bill on after Chris Wallace interview on Fox, remember when Bill got red-faced?

    He'll go after her on Shuster (5.00 / 1) (#87)
    by Cream City on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 11:33:58 AM EST
    and shutting down freedom of the press, blah blah blah.  Just watch -- he'll allude to "pimpin'" and ask why Chelsea doesn't give interviews.

    She'll handle it, so we'll be proud of her for it -- but Obamans will be giddy about his questions, no matter her answers.


    Does anyone know where Obama is tonight? (none / 0) (#25)
    by barryluda on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:01:45 AM EST
    If Clinton is on both Countdown and then Larry King, and Obama is radio silent, then Clinton will be in a great position going into Tuesday.  I wonder if Keith's planning on having Obama on as a surprise.

    The Daily Show, I think. (none / 0) (#67)
    by Joan in VA on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:52:53 AM EST
    Yick (none / 0) (#49)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:25:32 AM EST
    It won't make me watch.  I really, really think the man is dirt.

    This seems to be a "Hail Marry" (none / 0) (#53)
    by barryluda on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:32:09 AM EST
    Just had time to see the SUSA thread where it seems Obama is closing in on Clinton.  Since what seems to be driving this is the relative percentage of white versus AA voters, I gather Clinton is betting that Countdown will help push up the white voters in PA.

    It's probably a mistake. It's his turf, (none / 0) (#55)
    by WillBFair on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:34:53 AM EST
    and he'll have an army of producers controlling everything from mikes to lighting. He'll be a total creep, and there will be no chance to give a brilliant Clinton / Gore press conference. Bill and Al are the most knowledgeable on any subject and a delight to hear. Hillary is more timid about it, this culture being less forgiving toward bold women. But I will so miss their beautifully precise and flawless reasoning. Compare that to Obama's vague ramblings filled with abstractions, bad causality, and illogic.
    The business tonight will be a scandal. The msm have gotten away with all their shallow smears, and there's no reason for them to back off now.

    I think she took the bait... and so did Oberman!! (none / 0) (#59)
    by TalkRight on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:38:57 AM EST
    What Keith Olbermann will do: "Show that he is Worse than George Stephanopoulos"

    What Hillary will do: "Show she is better than Barrack O-bama; and in a better position to win the WhiteHouse."

    Give Hillary a last minute push.. Contribute or Make Calls

    I strongly recommend Keith Olbermann to take this QUIZ before the interview to straighten his facts!

    Wow (none / 0) (#62)
    by chrisvee on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:40:01 AM EST
    She has courage.  She just doesn't flinch, does she? I don't think she's going to go at him hard because I think one of her goals will be to show him what others have found engaging & surprising about her when they meet her in person (I'm recalling that clip of how she treated Chris Matthews on one of her campaign stops when he asked why she wouldn't do his show).  That said, I think she will make her point about the media coverage and won't hesitate when handling any 'tough' questions he sends her way about her campaign tactics or perceived gaffes.  I think she's trying to draw a contrast between her demeanor and Senator Obama's (as seen in the last debate) by staying cool, competent, and in command of any situation regardless of how personally uncomfortable it is.  IOW, she's trying to appear presidential.

    I predict she will own him by the end of the segment.  He's got a streak of bully in him and will fold when confronted directly.

    I don't think it's risky (none / 0) (#65)
    by stillife on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 09:50:13 AM EST
    It may even pay off for her, although the effect will probably be negligible since KO's ratings are not the greatest.  

    I haven't Countdown for awhile, but I can't remember KO ever giving tough interviews.  Most of the guests on his show already agree with him.  Keith's specialty is rants, not face-to-face confrontations.

    She is probably doing both interviews (none / 0) (#71)
    by Joan in VA on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 10:04:04 AM EST
    via satellite so no face-to-face. Don't see where she would have the time to go in person.  Just that weird split-screen thing.
    Hope there's no delay cause that really makes it awkward.

    It's a bad idea to go there tonight (none / 0) (#74)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 10:07:42 AM EST
    KO's viewers have been reduced to the Koolaid drinkers.  She won't win many of them.

    It's best to go where there are undecided voters.

    She'll be on Larry King (none / 0) (#78)
    by stillife on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 10:17:58 AM EST
    as well.  Hopefully, Larry will remember who she is.

    Low percentage move (none / 0) (#79)
    by digdugboy on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 10:19:13 AM EST
    attacking Olbermann. Somebody will take what she says out of context and plaster it on youtube. The only way for her to deal with this is with grace and dignity.

    he's a sports reporter (none / 0) (#81)
    by anna shane on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 10:25:45 AM EST
    She's had practice with bigger fatheads than KO, she'll use it to demonstrate that you can speak respectfully when you disagree. Se showed on Jon that she can laugh at herself, and she'll show on KO that knows more than he does about team sports.  

    Strange Bedfellows this week (none / 0) (#83)
    by gabbyone on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 10:28:11 AM EST
    Strange bedfellows this week....Rev Wright will be on PBS with Bill Moyers on Friday.

    Who Knows? (none / 0) (#89)
    by AmyinSC on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 12:31:54 PM EST
    She turned Richard Mellon Schaife around, maybe KO will see the error of his ways, too!  Hey, a girl can dream can't she??  

    And yes, she is one strong, courageous woman - isn't this what we want in a president, someone who can go into a tough situation calmly and diffuse the animosity?  Every day, I am more and more impressed with her.  Every day I know she is the one I want leading this country, not uot of a cult of personality, but because of her tremendous abilities.  There hasn't been anyone this qualified to run for President since, well, Bill!!

    Clinton needs all the help we can muster, especially since Obama is outspending her by zillions of dollars (and if she still wins PA, will people finally admit he cannot win the big states Dems need?!?), so if you can help out, please do!

    Must See TV (none / 0) (#90)
    by karen for Clinton on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 12:40:35 PM EST
    Hmmmmm, will she have the "Rocky" gloves on?  

    Headline: petite female politician knocks out political pundit bully with one punch.

    He should apologize, he likely won't.

    Good One! (none / 0) (#91)
    by AmyinSC on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 12:49:07 PM EST
    two places at once? (none / 0) (#94)
    by wendymae on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 01:22:49 PM EST
    huh?  i'm planning on seeing hillary in philly tonight.  will she just be 'coptering in for the last few minutes after olbermann and king?  

    anyone know about this kinda thing?

    The magic of television (none / 0) (#98)
    by akaEloise on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 02:20:19 PM EST
    I'd imagine she'll be in the studios of the NBC affiliate in Philly.  Olbermann rarely has people actually in the studio with him anyway.

    I hope Olberman doesn't get sullied (none / 0) (#95)
    by marymansour on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 01:37:34 PM EST
    Damn!!! Keith Olberman is my hero.  I hope he  doesn't get all soft on Hillary Clinton like that sop, Joe Scarborough and that turn coat, Chris Matthews.


    It's nice (none / 0) (#100)
    by Edgar08 on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 02:54:10 PM EST
    To have a one hour Obama infomercial on cable news prime time once a day, isn't it?

    Hillary on KO (none / 0) (#96)
    by BackFromOhio on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 01:45:52 PM EST
    I think Hillary should be both utterly charming and substantive; she should respond to KO's questions without defensiveness or anger; whenever she's angry, her anger is read as inappropriate aggression. And, we all have been criticizing Obama for reacting to the unpleasant questions thrown to him last week either with aggression or defensiveness or by belittling the questioner.  

    For what it's worth, I think Hillary should avoid responding in a way that parallels the opponent's manner of response that her camp has criticized.  Everyone knows Hillary is a fighter.  What she too often hides are her great charm and her affect.  She has also been criticized for months now as someone who is divisive and partisan, but she has rarely emphasized in debates how much important legislation she has sponsored and gotten past through bi-partisan efforts.  I think she should emphasize this tonight if opportunity presents itself. I'm sure her campaign staff can come up with some of the many quotes of Republican Senators complimenting Hillary and her bi-partisan work in the Senate.    

    It's just like she said.... (none / 0) (#101)
    by northeast73 on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 03:36:13 PM EST
    ....if you cant take the heat, get out of the Kitchen....going on Olbermann for her is Hells Kitchen

    very brave.

    This just doesn't smell right. (none / 0) (#102)
    by dwmorris on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 03:54:32 PM EST
    I'm baffled that Clinton is willing to do this.  There is limited upside (she's comfortably ahead in most polls) and the potential downside is the destruction of her campaign at the hands of Olbermann/MSNBC.  Something doesn't compute.  There's no question that she's couragous ... but she's also not reckless.

    Hell Freezes Over again? (none / 0) (#103)
    by karen for Clinton on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 03:57:38 PM EST
    Hell Freezes Over was the headline in the Scaife paper endorsing Clinton.

    If Olbermann makes nice to her tonight there will be no question left on which candidate is the true uniter.  :-)

    She should relax and have fun (none / 0) (#107)
    by BlueMerlin on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 06:10:35 PM EST
    One thing about Hillary:  She loves "the sting of battle".  I read that somewhere.  Like the great generals in history, she's happiest when she's mixing it up with someone.

    So I think she will:

    1. rivet him with her gaze
    2. laugh when he starts sputtering
    3. tell him calmly that Ferraro said what Obama had ALREADY said himself (and that Bob Johnson of Black Entertainment Network has recently reiterated)
    4. tell him to f'ing lighten up and get a life.

    It's going to be glorious!

    She did a great job (none / 0) (#108)
    by kayla on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 07:35:04 PM EST
    Keith actually complimented her a few times.  Said that the Repubs were unfair to the Clintons during the '90s and that she aptly called it a "vast right wing conspiracy".  They really had a nice back and forth.  She answered the questions beautifully and even got a couple very subtle digs in.  He asked her about whether she thinks the media had been sexist and she talked about how both Obama and her candidacies are historic and that the remnants of harsh descriminatory times would show up and that they don't represent her or Obama's views.  She said "you've reported on some of them on your program, Keith."

    So gracious.  She implied that his special comment was "reporting".  Ha.