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Keith Olbermann on Tim James

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments

There must be video out there on the interwebs somewhere, but until I find it, this transcript must do.  The transcript for the Countdown with Keith Olbermann show which aired on Thursday, 29 April 2010 – made available on the MSNBC website – is tagged that it is a ‘rush transcript,’ and thus may contain some errors.  Can you spot them?  (Hint: I can’t.)

OLBERMANN:  Here’s one I haven‘t seen before, but I’m told this is a hoot too.  This is the Tea Party candidate for governor of Alabama on the subject of English only.


TIM JAMES, CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR OF ALABAMA:  Why do our politicians make us give driver’s license exams in 12 languages?  This is Alabama.  We speak English.  If you want to live here, learn it.  We’re only giving that test in English if I’m governor.  And it makes sense.  Does it to you?


OLBERMANN:  Well, to be—to be—I’m sorry, every once in a while, the accent on one of these guys, I just can’t penetrate it.  Thank goodness we don’t have an official language or anything, they probably wouldn’t allow that guy into Arizona.   I caught that one part about Ali Baba.  Is he going to tell us the story of the 40 thieves?


Has Tim James switched his party affiliation from Republican to Tea?  No (not yet anyway).

And what’s with the dig on the Southern accent, Keith?  Overgeneralize much?

Alabama v. Ali Baba.  That’s rich.

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