I reached Olbermann by email this morning to ask him about how it felt to be the McCain campaign’s ray of sunshine. He responded:
SNL and my Football Night In America show share adjoining studios, so upon my arrival yesterday, awaiting me was one of the cue cards from the bit, with Ben writing of the sketch: “Keith – Remember, a) I didn’t write this; b) it took years of study – fondly, Ben.”
As to the giddiness: Honestly, everybody deserves a laugh but if on the weekend before the presidential election they spent more than seven seconds bothering with ME, the campaign staff has even less of a clue than I thought.
Also, what’s this “about time” jazz? Since spring they’ve been trying to cajole, sweet-talk, bully, threaten, blackmail, and bribe everybody at NBC from the pages to the presidents to get the milquetoast coverage they want – especially to shut me down. Then McCain spoiled his otherwise impeccable performance at the Al Smith dinner with that angry-old-man bit about me. They have helped bury their own guy in the polls and helped me pass O’Reilly in the ratings. So, seriously, if they’d like to spend any part of the penultimate day talking about me I’ll send them all fruit baskets of gratitude.
One last SNL thing: I’ll be reporting the details on this tonight. ask them why Governor Palin didn’t say her first line as scripted three shows ago. As they pulled back from the monitor shot of Tina doing the impression she was supposed to compliment Tina. Could’ve been a real rehab to her image – why’d she refuse?
The McCain campaign denies Palin called an audible on complimenting Tina. Mark Salter, who is the group’s “point man” when it comes to SNL, responded via Blackberry that he personally approved all of Palin’s scripts and “There was no such line in the script ever.” What’s more: “Keith olbermann. An angry man.”