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Kos: People "Want Class War, They Want The Government To Go After The Rich"

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"For a while, Republicans were talking about class war. 'We can't have class war.' But what they're realizing is that people kind actually do want a class war, they want to go after the rich. So that wasn't working, so this is, I guess, Plan B," Markos "Kos" Moulitsas said on "Countdown." Keith Olbermann responds: "Yeah, to say nothing of the fact that there has been a class war in progress for 30 years and it was waged by the rich on the poor." Send to a Friend |

Comedian Richard Lewis: Herman Cain Would Be "Lucky To Be A Doorman"

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"Countdown" host Keith Olbermann and comedian Richard Lewis break down the Republican field of presidential candidates. Lewis dismisses the current frontrunners as "a silly Muppet show" and muses about alternate career paths for Herman Cain. Lewis, known for his edgy humor, let loose a very controversial "joke." Lewis says Herman Cain would be "lucky to be" a "doorman." He also classified the entire field as "like the new Christy's Minstrels." Transcript below. Richard Lewis, comedian: "I'm a patriot, man. I want, you know -- this is disgusting. This is like the new Christy's Minstrels, it's like a silly muppet show." Keith Olbermann, host: "Or a parade going by." Lewis: "Yeah, I mean, look. This whole things that's been going on, I mean [with] McCain, I mean, Cain -- you know, the big deal he had was with the Godfather's. But with all these things going on, he's lucky to be, I don't know, a doorman. Bada-bing! He's gone." Olbermann: "I think that's the next job." Lewis says Cain's performance as a candidate is "humiliating." "He is not right for the people who are in need," Lewis said about Newt Gingrich. "The Republicans or Democrats, the independents, the poor. This cat is not the right guy. Let him be a king on his own island, you know?" Lewis also explained the difference between the two parties and why he is a Democrat. "I've been a Democrat most of life because I think they're more humane and I think they care more about the middle class and the people who have nothing, you know? And the people who are impoverished. It's true. Historically, it's true. So sue me. I'm not a socialist Send to a Friend |

Olbermann Explains Current Departure: I'm A $10 Million Chandelier

“I screwed up," Keith Olbermann said on CBS' "Late Night" program with David Letterman. "I screwed up really big on this. Let’s just start there. I thought we could do this. It’s my fault that it didn’t succeed in the sense that I didn’t think the whole thing through." "I didn’t say, ‘You know, if you buy a $10 million chandelier, you should have a house to put it in. Just walking around with a $10 million chandelier isn’t going to do anybody a lot of good, and it’s not going to do any good to the chandelier.' And then it turned out we didn’t have a lot to put the house on to put the chandelier in, or a building permit, and I, I should have known that. And it is, it is my fault at heart," he added. Send to a Friend |

Olbermann Apologizes To Malkin, Slams Kirsten Powers

Olbermann attacks the "House-tamed liberal" Kirsten Powers, while addressing the "false equivalency" of Rush Limbaugh to Bill Maher. Send to a Friend |

Burton: Romney Wouldn't Still Be In The Race Without Super PAC

Bill Burton, co-founder and senior strategist of Priorities USA Action: “People think that Santorum and Gingrich’s campaigns wouldn’t have survived up until this point without super PACs, but the truth is, Mitt Romney wouldn’t even still be in this race if it weren’t for his super PAC.” Send to a Friend |

Rep. Steve Israel: Voters Have "Buyer's Remorse" With GOP Congress

“Countdown” guest host David Shuster consults Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, to get his take on John Boehner’s latest attempt to force the issue of the Keystone XL pipeline by attaching it to an upcoming bill. Says Israel, “This is why the American people no longer trust them, and this is why there’s this buyer’s remorse.” Israel also speaks of his committee’s Drive to 25 initiative to take back Democratic control of the House, saying the candidates involved will aim to “reignite the American dream, rebuild the middle class and restore economic strength.” Send to a Friend |

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