rent TV, the San Francisco-based cable channel founded six years ago by Al Gore and entrepreneur Joel Hyatt. Not much has changed since Mr. Olbermann left his old network in January.
The new show is still called “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.” The host also has been given the title of “chief news officer” at the network, which appears eager to take on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and everyone else in the combative news landscape. “Keith will be back, speaking truth to power and calling them as he sees them, but this time, on America’s only independent news and information TV network,” Mr. Hyatt observes. with their liberal take on major political issues.” A certain billionaire is getting ambitious support in the heartland from a rockabilly hero, far from the glittering avenues of Manhattan. And for once, Donald Trump is not orchestrating it all. Indeed, the real estate mogul is busy preening his presidential plumage for a White House run; he had two journeys to New Hampshire in a 10-day span lined up to meet with business leaders and political strategists in the Granite State. “Should Trump Run,” a vigorous public outreach chaired by his close adviser Michael Cohen, continues to push the Trump brand in myriad ways.
Then there are his grassroots devotees. Trump fans exist in flyover country, on the far coasts, in the hamlets — out there on their own, and unofficial. But they’re organized, relentless and tapping into some vintage talent.
Nick McLaughlin, chairman of the Missouri-based Draft Trump 2012 has announced that country western singer and “rockabilly legend” Jerry Naylor has signed on to serve as Oregon state co-coordinator for the effort. The performer — who took Buddy Holly’s place in “The Crickets” after the legendary singer died in a 1959 plane crash — later campaigned for Ronald Reagan in 1976 and 1980. As president, Reagan later appointed Mr. Naylor to twin terms as a federal commissioner of the National Commission for Employment Policy.
And just in time for the first official GOP presidential debate on May 5 in South Carolina, Mr. McLaughlin also says that Libertarian attorney Scott Royce, a former political director for Jack Kemp’s 1988 presidential run, will coordinate the South Carolina effort to draft Mr. Trump.
“He is one of us. He is not a career politician, thus will not be paralyzed by the influence of special interests when resolving the big issues that challenge the country at present,” Mr. Royce says.