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 bronze goes to Samaj Booker of Lakewood, Washington. Unhappy that he was forced to move out of Dallas against his will, he stole a car that had been left idling at a neighbors house and led police on a chase at speeds exceeding 90 miles an hour. That was Sunday. Yesterday Mr. Booker stowed away on not one but two separate Southwest Airlines flights, and he got as close to his old home as San Antonio before he was finally arrested. So why is he only second runner-up? Because Samaj Booker is nine years old.
The runner-up is Frank D. Hargrove, a state delegate in Virginia. He’s opposed to a formal apology for slavery because, "our black citizens should get over it, and he asked the rhetorical question, "Are we going to force the Jews to apologize for killing Christ?"
Roundly denounced for the slavery remark, Hargrove was also beaten up for the second part. Another delegate said his grandparents had been driven from their homes in Poland by people who subscribed to the 'Jews killed Christ' excuse, whereupon Mr. Hargrove told him, I don’t care about your religion, I think your skin was a little too thin.
But our winner, another guy lost here in the complexities of 21st century America, Dinesh D'Souza, author of a new book blaming 9/11 on the cultural values of American liberals, which offended Osama bin Laden, causing him to kill everybody. No, I’m not kidding. So, D'Souza goes on the Colbert Report and specifically blames, of course, Bill Clinton. And Colbert mocks him by asking, 'doesn’t some of it lay at FDR’s doorstep?' And D'Souza doesn’t realize Colbert’s joking. Indirectly yes, he answers. FDR gave away Eastern Europe through Yalta and then the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
See now actually, if you really want to trace it back, you go to Steven A. Douglas, because if he had run a better campaign in 1860, and beaten back that socialist bastard Lincoln, then we could have kept slavery and bin Laden would have loved us and wanted to come over for Mint Julips and Pecan Pie on the veranda.
Dinesh D'Souza, embarrassing himself in print and in public since 1984, Thursday's Worst Person in the World.
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