By Keith Olbermann Anchor
Countdown
updated 10/2/2006 4:25:05 PM ET 2006-10-02T20:25:05
COMMENTARY

Every night at 8 p.m. on MSNBC, Keith Olbermann awards his daily pick for "Worst Person in the World." Some contenders are lucky -- or unlucky --enough to be nominated more than once.

The nominees:

The Bronze goes to Senator Trent Lott.  We got a visitation from Senator Strom Thurmond, apparently, on religious violence in Iraq: 

He said, “Why do they hate each other?  Why do Sunnis kill Shiites? How do they tell the difference?  They all look the same to me.” 

Dr. James C. Burda is on the list of Athens, Ohio.  He's a chiropractor, or at least he was.  He surrendered his license to authorities after a malpractice claim.  He was charging patients $60 an hour to heal their pain telepathically.  He claimed he could go back in time to point of the injury and realign the jarred bones.  Hey Doc, while you're back there, could you visit me in 1991 and tell me not to regrow that stupid moustache? 

But our winner—we need to clarify a previous worst.  We reported that Illinois congressional candidate Peter Roskam had said his opponent Tammy Duckworth wanted to “cut and run from Iraq” even though she lost both her legs there while serving as a helicopter pilot.  Jason Row from the Roskam campaign charged us with intellectual dishonesty because Roskam merely said that the Illinois sixth is “not a cut and run district.” 

Hey pal, this is about campaigning against a woman who has no legs because they were cut off while she served in Iraq and still being insensitive enough to use the phrase “cut and run.”  You leave the intellectual to us, we’ll leave the dishonest to you. 

Peter Roskam and staffer, Jason Row, Friday's “Worst Persons in the World.”

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