Yesterday evening’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann began with his traditional ‘heads up’ diary entry at Daily Kos.
Titled ‘Pandora’s Box,’ Olbermann explains before the segment, “Pandora’s box meets the bottomless pit and becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Halliburton. What the Supreme Court did today. My special comment, could be the last of them, next.”
“Finally tonight, as promised, a special comment on the Supreme Court`s ruling today in the case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.”
Olbermann warns of the consequences of Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling, including as he describes it, American politicians becoming ‘prostitutes.’
“It is almost literally true that any political science fiction nightmare you can now dream up, no matter whether you are conservative or a liberal, it is now legal. Because the people who can make it legal can now be entirely bought and sold,” the liberal talk show host explains. “No actual citizens required in the campaign fund raising process. And the entirely bought and sold politicians can change any laws. And any legal defense you can structure now can be undone by the politicians who will be bought and sold into office this November, or two years from now. And any legal defense which honest politicians can somehow wedge up against them this November or two years from now, that can be undone by the next even larger set of politicians who will be bought and sold into office in 2014 or 2016 or 2018.”
Then Olbermann’s prediction for the ultimate fate of our political representation “Thanks to Chief Justice Roberts, this will now change. Unless this near mortal blow is somehow undone, within ten years, every politician in this country will be a prostitute.”
Olbermann’s ‘Special Comment’ continues after the videos below.
“Russ Feingold told me today there might yet be ways to work around this,” Olbermann continues. “To restrict corporate governance and how corporations make and spend their money. I pointed out that any such legislation, even if it somehow sneaked past this the last US Senate not funded by a generous gift from the chub group, would eventually wind up in front of a Supreme Court, and whether or not John Roberts was still at its head would be irrelevant. The next nine men and women on the Supreme Court will get there not because of their judgment nor even their politics. They will get there because they were appointed by purchased presidents and confirmed by purchased senators.”
“Maybe it won`t be this bad,” Mr. Olbermann offers in his final conclusions. “Maybe the corporations, legally defined as human beings but without the pesky occasional human attributes of compassion and conscience, maybe when handed the only keys to the electoral machine, they will simply not redesign America in their own corporate image.”
“Let me leave you with this final question: after today, who is going to stop them? Good night and good luck.”
A full transcript of this ‘Countdown’ program is available online at LexisNexis.