Video: Worst: DeLay digs deep

By Keith Olbermann Anchor
Countdown
updated 4/10/2007 11:47:50 PM ET 2007-04-11T03:47:50
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Every night at 8 p.m. on MSNBC, Keith Olbermann awards his daily pick for "Worst Person in the World." Here's the top honors for Monday, April 9th:

The bronze goes to the legal system in Wichita, Kansas.
     
It wound up putting a 74-year old man in jail for shoplifting two hot dogs. For 71 days. And it was apparently an accident. More than that, it spent thousands of dollars of taxpayer money on a jury trial for Thomas Wimberly, an ex-con who walked out of a convenience store with the two franks, intended as dinner for his dog.

At one point it had Mr. Wimberly in jail, in lieu of $100,000 bond. For $2.11 worth of hot dogs. The jury has acquitted him.

The silver goes to Robert F. Turner. He's a former Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs in the Reagan Administration.
    
He wrote an Op-Ed for the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page -- which has been even more hysterical than usual lately -- suggesting Speaker Pelosi may have violated a federal criminal law by going to Syria to meet with President Assad. Even though the Law he mentioned -- the Logan Act -- was specifically ruled, by the State Department, to have nothing to do with members of Congress, "engaging in discussions with foreign officials in pursuance of their legislative duties..." Former Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs in the Reagan Administration...
     
You mean you were a "temp?"

But our winner is former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who is digging that pit a little deeper. You may recall that in a new book, he compared his indictment for violating campaign finance laws to Hitler's Big Lie, and said liberals had now reached the levels of the Nazis.
     
Now, in an interview with the Emerson University radio station in Boston, DeLay goes just a little further:

"It's the same process. It's the same criminalization of politics. It's the same oppression of people. It's the same destroy people in order to gain power. It may be six million Jews. It may be indicting somebody on laws that don't exist. But, it's the same philosophy and it's the same world view."

Uh-huh. Tom DeLay indicted. Eradication of six million Jews, plus starting the Second World War.

Just about the same thing. If you're crazy. Tom DeLay, Monday's Worst Person In The World!

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