Roy Sekoff On Olbermann: 2012 GOP Hopefuls Are A 'Freak Show'

HuffPost editor Roy Sekoff joined Keith Olbermann on MSNBC's "Countdown" Thursday night to assess the electoral prospects of the candidates who seem to be vying even now for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

That group includes former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and even Bush-era Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.

"I actually thought it would be impossible to top the 2008 group in terms of freak-showishness, when we had Sam Brownback running against Darwin and Tom Tancredo running on the xenophobia ticket," Sekoff said. "But this group, they have so many loose cannons, it almost is enough to make one pine for Duncan Hunter."

Olbermann sought to dismiss Palin in light of her decision to headline the GOP's annual Ronald Reagan Dinner in Iowa Sept. 17, given that no Reagan-dinner headliner has won the nomination. Sekoff was skeptical.

"I don't think we can use historical precedent when it comes to Palin," Sekoff said. "Don't forget, no presidential candidate has ever had their own reality show with Kate Gosselin guesting, or has a daughter who's an unwed mother and a contestant on 'Dancing With The Stars.' So I think we're in uncharted waters here, Keith."