I saw this live last night (well the repeat) and was reminded how much of an asshole Lawrence O’Donnell can be. I still like Larry, but this segment with Jason Chaffetz about his sleeping in his office to save money was just over-the-top bad. What good does it do the progressive cause when you make Republicans look good by being so angry and stupid. Who really gives a shit where the guy sleeps? Maybe Lawrence should have devoted that segment to talking about Chaffetz’s crazy policy ideas instead of acting like someone who needs anger management classes. Still love you Larry, but chill the hell out about silly things like this.
This isn’t the first time that Larry has acted this way, either. My guess is that it doesn’t play very well with the brass upstairs either. There is something about that over-the-top combative style that turns a lot of people off, including myself. I would much rather see Rachel Maddow go after someone with her calm, factual and relentless style rather than what Lawrence displayed last night. And he was a staffer in the Senate for two years, you know?
Every morning I torture myself by watching Morning Joe while I drink coffee and shake out the cobwebs. It helps to get my blood flowing in the morning, sometimes it gets it flowing better than others. This morning they dedicated almost an hour to bashing the health care bill. They had Jim Cramer on to spew his fear of tax increases and big government. Lawrence O’Donnnell then joined the group and although being a democrat, Lawerence is the know-it-all kid on the block who worked for a Senate committee for ohhhhhhh, 2 years…and therefore considers himself the leading authority on how the Senate works. 2 whole years as a staffer on the Finance Committee…..wow, that’s a long time. For a while, we had Joe Scarborough who is an EXPERT on the House of Representatives because he served for ohhhhhhhhh, 6 years and then stepped down abruptly, which I’m sure had nothing to do with the intern that was found dead in his Florida office, suspicious circumstances for sure. Google it if you are curious.
Lawrence is Mr. Senate Procedure guy after working for the Senate for, did I mention 2 years. He claims that the Democrats are pulling something that is unprecedented and is the lone voice saying it’s not going to work, moving from conference to reconciliation mid-bill. The thing that sticks out to me as being unprecedented is the way the Republicans have been stalling our government, stopping every single thing that is attempted, even things they agree with. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented maneuvers. From what I’ve read and heard, the way the dems are going is well within the rules of the Senate, just like all the crap the Repugs are pulling. Two can play that game and when you are in the majority, you have an advantage in the game.
Joe Scarborough, who loves to cut off Lawrence when he’s defending people’s rights, but when he’s helping Joe pimp his conservative storyline, he lets Lawrence ramble on and on and you can just tell that Larry loves that spotlight on him. Larry loves to be the lone voice within the party, bucking the party and going rogue with his very narrow opinions. If I had time, I would dig up some of his previous pronouncements that never came true. But it is very revealing about Joe S. that he lets Larry go when he agrees with him, cuts him off and calls him crazy when he doesn’t. Gotta love propoganda in the morning, heh?