Friday, July 9, 2010

MENTAL PATIENT: Progressive Nut Keith Olbermann Don't Know Much About History, But Sharron Angle Does...

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Here's Keith Olbermann gleefully going after Sharron Angle for comparing herself to Abraham Lincoln. Like Lincoln, Angle told a talk radio host, she had lost a few races but won the big one (to take on Harry Reid, in this case). Here's Olbermann's response, complete with dramatic pauses, smug self-assurance, and paper tossing:

Cornerites know their American history, so I'm sure you're all laughing by now, but in case Keith Olbermann is reading this — Lincoln lost more than one election. Jeffrey Lord at AmSpec lays it out:

1832 — Lost his first race for the state assembly

1834 — Won a seat in the state assembly

1836 [1838, 1840] — Won re-election

1842 — Lost a race for Congress to John Hardin (per biographer Sandburg. Lincoln actually came in behind a friend, Edward D. Baker — losing his own Sangamon County delegates to Baker. Later, he would name one of his sons for Baker). Lincoln structures deal that Hardin, Baker and finally himself would each serve back-to-back single terms in Congress.

1846 — Wins congressional seat, succeeding his friend Baker, who had succeeded Hardin. As per the Lincoln deal.

1854 — Elected again to the Illinois legislature, but loses a race for the United States Senate to Lyman Trumbull. Writes to a friend: "I regret my defeat moderately, but I am not nervous about it." Mary Lincoln was so enraged at this loss that she never again spoke to Trumbull's wife Julia — who had been a bridesmaid at Mary and Abe's wedding.

1856 — Loses the vice-presidential nomination of the new Republican Party to William L. Dayton, a former U.S. Senator from New Jersey. Dayton received 259 votes to Lincoln's 115, becoming the running mate of John Charles Fremont. Hearing of his defeat, Lincoln laughs and says, "It must be some other Lincoln."

1858 — Lincoln loses a race for the United States Senate to legendary rival Senator Stephen A. Douglas. In the course of the campaign, the two travel Illinois in what are known to history as the "Lincoln-Douglas" debates. The debates help make Lincoln — and his pro-union, anti-slavery argument — famous.

1860 and 1864 — Elected and re-elected president.

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