I'm still in a state of shock. KO is channeling William Jennings Bryan tonight. I'm not sure if I've ever seen anything like this from a cable news anchor. I sure as hell would never dream of seeing it on network news.
KO, all by his lonesome self, moved the Overton Windows tonight. He just showed that an anchor can lambaste the malefactors of great wealth on a network owned by GE (and a sister network of Santelli's) and get away w/ it. He reached a new height in doing so.
Michael Moore at his most blistering had nothing on KO tonight. Unlike Michael, however, KO didn't have a Tigers cap and a 3 day growth. He had nicely trimmed hair and a tailored suit. He was the picture of respectability.
It will be interesting to see who will take his lead. What he did is not Rachel's style, and she's already doing yeoman's work. Will Matthews think that his sometimes broadcast partner is on to something?
A guy who was just a guest on the Tonight Show, a paragon of mainstream acceptance, just out-Nadered Nader. It was a sight to behold.
UPDATE: I wrote the original diary in the flush of excitement b/c I didn't see another one out there. I filled in a few gaps below, and I thank the others who filled up even more gaps. I will be eternally grateful for KO's thoughts below.
Special Comments work best when KO can do his best Emile Zola imitation and exclaim J' Accuse! In the past, they've generally covered the dangerous executive power grab and the concommitant demise of our civil liberties during the (thankfully) departed WH. Tonight, the same approach was applied where it is now needed most--to Wall Street.
I read Krugman religiously in the NYT, I read Jerome here, and I read the likes of Stiglitz and (James) Galbraith when I can find them. They set forth the technical details of this epic looting, and they shine a light through the deliberate opaqueness of our financial sector.
It's equally important, however, for someone w/ a megaphone to use it to call a spade a spade in language that can be easily understood by the broader public. KO clearly did so tonight. That's why this Special Comment mattered so much.