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Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, who is traveling the country to champion health-care reform, is taking to the national cable news airwaves for two nights this week.

Dean will be the guest host tonight, and tomorrow night, on the popular MSNBC show "Countdown with Keith Olbermann." The show airs at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. nightly.

Olbermann's show usually includes a "Special Comment" segment, which airs like an op-ed, and a "Worst Person in the World." Typically, Olbermann reserves his worst-person award for either FOX News blowhard Bill O'Reilly or "entertainer" Rush Limbaugh. But any goofy politician or media personality will suffice.

It's likely that the national debate about health-care reform will be a key topic for Dean, especially since he's been on tour promoting his new book: Howard Dean's Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform.

Lawmakers are debating the issue in Washington, yet they are not expected to pass any major legislation before their month-long August recess. It's expected that House and Senate leaders will hammer out a deal in September, and have something on the president's desk by month's end for him to sign into law.

So, any idea who Gov. Dean will praise and who he'll skewer?

In an email to Seven Days, Dean said his worst-person award "will be a surprise."

Oh, goody. I love surprises.

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