There are 49 days until Inauguration Day, we've had 2,042 days since "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq, 23 days until Christmas, 60 days until Super Bowl XLIII and 74 days until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training.
Michael Wolff, the author of The Man Who Owns The News, the new Pirate Rupert Murdoch book, joins Keith tonight.
The Tie: Brown.
Number 5: W. is for "Whitewash". History says Adolf XLIII will be vindicated, and for the next seven weeks, it's still his world, and we're still living in it. We'd like to thank you, Herbert Hoover. Not one of the problems like the economy, stupid, Iraq, ignoring in-house memos and the intel quagmire saying there was WMDs in Saddam Hussein's reign. Says so in Charlie Gibson's interview and blames his dad. Nice going, Sparky. Howard Fineman, who's been following Bush XLIII for over two decades, says that he's had contempt for government. Now he's blaming the Clintoncrats for deregulation on even broadcasting...which explains Billo The Clown, Comedian Rush Limbaugh, Michael Weinersavage and all the other right-wing water carrying nutjobs.
Chris Hayes from The Nation joins us to answer the question of what about the good intel about no WMDs, and blames the Joseph Gobbels of this mess, Vice President Dick for browbeating the CIA into going to Iraq and deposing Hussein.
Number 4: Three fourths of the 2008 presidental campaign were in my home town today (12/2) for a summit meeting about the troubled economy, stupid. President-elect Obama, Vice Presindent-elect Biden and that noted Tina Fey Evil Twin, Sarah Palin, the latter one of 41 governors (including the California Governator, Ahnold) meeting at Independence Hall amidst the Feyesque distraction that Palin wants to run for the Alaska Senate seat in two years, and the current holder, herself a Republican, has said "JUST BRING IT." The state budgets are needing handouts, not hands. And we need your help, Obama tells them. John Harwood arrives to explain it to all of you. And yes, Obama is in charge of all this.
By the way, early reports finds Saxby Chambliss winning the Georgia senate runoff over Jim Martin. Also, frequent Countdown guest Bill Richardson will surrender his New Mexico Governor's seat to become Secratary of Commerce.
Oddball: On this day in 1954, Joe McCarthy was censured by the Senate. Get the message, Bill O'Reilly? And the latest tennis game, dare I say, en fuego. (Take that, Dan!) And stargazers saw cresent moon, Venus and Mars and won't be seeing it again until March 2052.
Best Persons: 3 - Howard Weitzmann objects to giving federal benefits to same sex partners based on I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. Yes, a movie. With Adam Sandler. And Dan Patrick as a cop, which needless to say wasn't mentioned by Mr. Olbermann. 2 - Deborah Lawrence created a nine-inch ornament, and put IMPEACH BUSH on it. That takes balls and it's not being hung on the tree at the White House. Another gutless move by Adolph XLIII. 1 - Daniel Essek asked Obama to submit his birth certificate for all of us. And he's confused about it.
Music Segue: The Hardest Working Man in Show Business' Living in America (I FEEL GOOD!) This from the fourth movie in the series of five that should have been stopped after one film that was an Oscar winner.
Number 3: Quoth Esquire "Why is this man still laughing?" (Even from the grave.) The new audio tapes declassified from the Nixon Watergate Library included wanting to rename the party after thrashing McGovern in 1972. NSFW folks. Now we know where the Miller Standard comes from. Sorry folks, no edition of Bushed! tonight due to today's #5 story.
Number 2: Worst Persons
Bronze - Billo, now reversing himself on Gitmo. Ummmhmmmm...
Silver - Virginia Repblican boss Jeff Fredrick stands by the joke (if it was one) that Barack Obama is friends with some guy bomber...and blames the gotcha media.
Gold - A Utah state senator, Chris Butters, who lives in a Morman state, wants to introduce a bill to encourage people to say "Merry Christmas" at stores. Let The Imaginary Bill Orally Created War on Christmas continue.
Number 1: So, Rupert the Pirate and Billo The Clown hate each other. Let's get the facts from Pirate Rupert's biographer, Michael Wolff, author of The Man Who Owns The News. What will Uncle Keith do as Pirate hates Clownie? Contortion. Hey, Bucco, Keith gave you credit of getting Fox Sports Net off the ground, at least you have the Jolly Roger flying down the street.
And that's it for tonight. Join us tomorrow (12/3) when Keith broadcasts from somewhere else in the studio (or the neighborhood) while they light the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.