THINGS I’M THINKING ABOUT TODAY

1. It’s Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Spring is 24 days away.

2. You get the sense that if the Obama administration was into rigging elections, it would be working hard to make sure that Benjamin Netanyahu comes up short in Israel next month.

Although it seems as though Netanyahu is determined to shoot himself in the foot. Picking a fight with an incumbent U.S. president who has 23 months left in office isn’t going to make the next two years so great for him.

And if he thinks he’s going to get a better shake from the American right, he’s been listening to Sheldon Adelson too long. The red states aren’t going to be quite as committed to defending Israel as the blue states have been since the country was established in 1948.

3.  I’m a fan of Keith Olbermann. He understands the current media age and communicates well with it. And I share a lot of his views of the world.

But ESPN was absolutely right to suspend him for a week.

I saw his tweets on Penn State in real time and wondered if he was OK. Olbermann loves to lash back at online trolls who complain about him and his views — “batting practice,” he calls it.     But he’s been obsessed with Penn State since the Jerry Sandusky scandal, and it’s time for him to let it go.

Penn State is a Big Ten rival of my alma mater, Northwestern, and I loved how we beat them soundly in men’s basketball last week. But it also produces students such as CNN’s Sara Ganim, who won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing the Sandusky scandal. And what Olbermann belittled to get into trouble, the fact that students raised $13 million to fight pediatric cancer, is something everyone should admire.

Penn State has paid a heavy price for what happened, and it and we should never forget the horror of what Sandusky is convicted of doing. But tarring everything about the university because of Sandusky is not right either. Olbermann, who’s a really smart guy, should leave it alone.

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