Friday, October 19, 2012

Who's afraid of Lawrence O'Donnell?

MSNBC is going through a metldown of epic proportions. Remember how, after the first Presidential debate, its cadre of talking heads got together and trumpeted their superiority, how Chris Mathews said Obama should be watching MSNBC because "he would learn something"? It was comedy gold, no doubt about it, but it was also a little sad because it made evident a level of self-delusion that is simply not healthy and maybe even dangerous.

On Wednesday night, for instance, what would Obama have learned if he had been watching Chris Matthews? Well for one thing, he would have learned that Romney--in daring to directly address the President in the second debate--apparently violated the U.S. Constitution:
You know, a couple points, I don't think he [Romney] understands the Constitution of the United States. He's [Obama] the president of the United States, you don't say, 'you'll get your chance.'
What Article, what Clause did Romney violate, Chris? Such a comment is so mind-numbingly stupid, it's difficult to come up with a serious response. Yet Matthews believes he has something of value to offer the President, that he's dialed in to the issues and knows them inside and out.

But as stupid as Matthews comments here were, they're nothing compared to what Lawrence O'Donnell said on camera last night.  First some background, though. On Tuesday October 16th, Mitt Romney's son Tagg was a guest on a North Carolina based talk radio show, the Bill Lumaye Show. During the interview, Lumaye asked Tagg how he felt when the President called his father a liar, Tagg responded thusly:
You want to jump out of your seat, and you wanna rush down to the debate stage and take a swing at him, but you know you can’t do that, because, well, first because there’s a lot of Secret Service between you and him, but also because this is just the nature of the process... 
They’re gonna try to do everything they can do to try to make my dad into someone he’s not. We signed up for it, we’ve gotta try to kind of sit there and take our punches, and then send them right back the other way.
Lumaye asked Tagg "what it was like" to hear his dad being called a liar, what his internal response was. And Tagg gave a very honest response: it didn't sit well with him, it made him angry enough to want to throw a punch. Who has never had similar feelings? That's a far cry from Tagg saying he intends to punch the President in the face or some such thing though, which is how Tagg's rather typical response is being spun by the far left. But O'Donnell--in the above clip--goes eve farther than that. He not only literally challenges Tagg Romney to a fistfight, he also makes fun of his name. He says:
Okay, Taggert, let’s have a little talk, just you and me, you... 
When I hear you talk about taking a swing and taking punches, why do I get the feeling that you have never actually taken a punch or thrown a punch? I didn't have that luxury in the part of Boston that I grew up in. But in your rich, suburban Boston life, with your father filling a $100 million trust fund for ya? I don’t know. I just get the feeling that things were different for you. 
Now, I know you've got a lot--a lot--to be pissed off at these days starting with the name Taggert, which you have every right to be wicked pissed off with every day for the 42 years of your life. So lemme try to help you deal with this aggression you are feeling right now. 
You’re mad at President Obama for calling your father a liar? Well let’s get something straight, he didn't call your father a liar. I did. The president just said that what your father said isn't true. I been saying all year that your father is a liar, I've repeatedly said that, that your father lies and has been trying to lie his way into the White House. So you want to take a swing at someone for calling your old man a liar? Take a swing at me...come on, come on. And don’t worry, there won’t be any Secret Service involved. Just us. And I’ll make it easy for you. I’ll come to you. Anytime, anywhere. Go ahead Taggert, take your best shot.

It's not enough to just read the words, though. Watch the clip. See how O'Donnell rises from his chair, hear how he intentionally slips into a Southie accent to sound like a tough guy. Beyond that, it's a little pathetic to hear O'Donnell publicly ridicule Tagg Romney for his name. One has to wonder if O'Donnell would have been one of the first to tease the new kid named Barack.

Also, O'Donnell hardly grew up in the slums of boston. His parents were professionals (his father was an attorney), O'Donnell went to a private school, then attended Harvard. His faux street thug persona rings false  because it is. After Harvard, he wrote, got into some politics, and ended up a part of the Hollywood crowd.

But the funniest and most pathetic aspect of the rant is O'Donnell's assumption of his own significance. Newsflash, Larry: no one is watching your show. No one really cares what you've called Mitt Romney and no one is going to get into a fight with you over it. Most importantly, no one is intimidated by you.

That, of course, is the driving force behind the rant: a desperate cry for attention. "Look at me! Look at me!" And coupled with what the dimwits at MSNBC now see as a real possibility--an Obama loss in November--their egos are sending them over the edge, one by one.

Cheers, all.

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