If you had an anger management problem, to whom would you turn for help? I, like most ordinary sane people, would look for someone who had mastered calmness, who could turn an insult into a biting humorous retort, and who could diffuse a tense situation with calmness and confidence. In other words, most of us would look for someone who had learned how to master themselves and not appear like a raving, spittle-flecked maniac on a regular basis.
Joe Biden, on the other hand, is not most of us. When he wanted help with his anger issues, he turned to Keith Olbermann.
Is it fair to describe you as the first left winger to express anger as a television host? Fury used to be the province of right wingers, until that day in 2006 when you delivered a tirade against Donald Rumsfeld.
I once had a conversation with the man who is now the vice president when he was still in the Senate, who asked me for advice about how to turn anger into righteous inspiration.
Joe Biden took you to lunch to ask you for tips on getting angry?
He said, ‘‘I just come across like I’m angry and out of control, and you seem to focus it and make it look useful and expressive.’’
Of course, Olbermann wasn’t the first progressive to bring barely-controlled fury to our televisions. Bill Maher had that gig nailed down fifteen years ago, when Olbermann was busy venting his “righteous inspiration” all over his bosses at ESPN. Then again, he does have a bit of a history for embellishing his resume, which is probably another reason Joe Biden sought his counsel.
This should tell you pretty much everything you need to know about Biden’s politics and discernment. Asking Olbermann for anger advice is like asking Fat Albert for weight loss advice or a hoarder about self-control and how not to collect 30,000 Beanie Babies.
(cross-posted at Hot Air’s Greenroom)