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September 10, 2013

Lawrence O'Donnell Once Again Gets All Tough-Guy With Someone Safely Not in the Same City

A trainwreck of an interview between Lawrence O'Donnell and Anthony Weiner, though I think the real derailment is on Lawrence O'Donnell's side.

The most amusing part of this, to me, is Lawrence's self-righteous fury as to Weiner continuing to cling, like a good leftist, to the government/media Gramscian power-structure that gives his life meaning.

Good question!

But... the person asking this is... Lawrence O'Donnell, a good leftist who has clung to the government/media Gramscian power-structure that gives his life meaning for kinda all of his life.

What is the point of this? Tomorrow, in the Democratic mayoral primary, Anthony Weiner will lose. This is not in much dispute. Weiner is appearing on O'Donnell to keep up appearances. Candidates do not announce "Well I sure was an asshole running for this thing" the night before an election.

There is no actual threat of him winning, then. So why the heavy preening by O'Donnell?

Well, partly for the same reason Jerry Springer used to book Nazis and Secret Babydaddies: Crude carnival barking ratings-whoring. Grabbing that "Watercooler Moment."

By the way if you're at a watercooler and you're talking about Lawrence O'Donnell, you should slap yourself in the genitals. But whatever.

The other reason, of course, is that while Anthony Weiner no longer poses a threat to reign as mayor over New York City, he does pose a threat to Hillary Clinton, by continuing to remain in the spotlight and thus reminding everyone of who her husband is, and who her Special Aide Who's Just the Most Incredible Executive Assistant the World Has Ever Seen had the lack of good judgment in marrying.

Thus, the left has turned on Weiner, massively, hypocritically, and hive-like. The Warrior Insects of the Collectivist Hive have gotten the signal by pheromone -- Protect the Queen, PROTECT HILLARY, Drive Out the Intruder -- and so they have.

It's just an ugly display of principle-free politics -- the Politics of Personal Destruction, in fact, as the Smartest Woman in the World once called it. (Caveat: It turns out the Smartest Woman in the World was merely a rather typical corporate lawyer in a smallish city in Arkansas. I would've thought maybe "Physicist," but no, it turns out "so-so corporate lawyer" whose greatest accomplishment as a jurist was not realizing that the WHITEWATER project she was working on was in fact the same WHITEWATER project the FBI was asking her about.)

I also don't understand Lawrence O'Donnell's hypocritical insistence that while, if you're in "show business," you can engage in any sort of deviancy you like, no one hoping to hold political office can. (Like Bill Clinton?)

I do enjoy the massive out O'Donnell gives himself there -- if you seek elective office, you can't do these things, but if you're a political hack and wannabe TV star, you can.

"Don't you know there are rules for people who wish to serve in public life?!!" shouted a man who's probably been spotted holding bigger mounds of fine Colombian than Sophia Vergara's bra.

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posted by Ace at 10:02 AM

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