Though I'm on the same side of most big issues as Keith Olbermann, I've never been a fan. His belligerent self-certainty is great for preaching to the choir, but it complicates the winning of converts. No doubt it also complicates life for his bosses. On both of those grounds I won't complain about his ouster from Current TV.
Instead I'll complain about his replacement, Eliot Spitzer. It isn't so much the prostitution scandal, though in an ideal world that might have counted against him. My bigger problem is this: If Current TV is going to anoint a guy to carry the progressive banner, couldn't they check out his foreign policy positions as well as his domestic policy positions?
Granted, Spitzer's foreign policy views aren't well articulated, because he's never had a job that involved foreign policy. So all we have to go on is isolated bits of evidence. But they're not encouraging.
First, he supported the Iraq War. Of course, lots of liberals supported the Iraq War. But Spitzer's state Democratic Party opposed it (as did his intra-party rival, Andrew Cuomo). And, anyway, once the war turned out to be a disaster, shouldn't that lower the stock of pundits who supported it, and raise the stock of those who opposed it?