Posts Tagged "Lawrence O'Donnell"

Donald … I don`t 
believe you studied polls at Wharton. And I don`t believe you know a lot 
about polls.

You were an undergraduate at Wharton for two years in the mid 1960s. 
That`s practically before polls were invented. And Wharton teaches 
business, not political science.

But that’s just Donald being Donald — a reflexive liar in everything 
he says about everything.

Lawrence O’Donnell

Thirty-two percent of likely Iowa caucus-goers say Trump’s endorsement will make them less likely to vote for a candidate.

In New Hampshire, 37 percent say Trump`s endorsement would hurt the candidate.

"It depends on how the question’s asked, because I know about polls. I know a lot of about polls. I studied polls at the Wharton School of Finance." - Donald Trump

Lawrence O’Donnell Bans Tea Partier Rep. Joe Walsh From His Show Over Child Support Scandal

"I introduced a bill to lower the debt ceiling not raise it. And, I just think, raising the debt ceiling is not the way to go." - Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.)

"I just heard the greatest thing. You have just entered into the record, Andrea, the single stupidest thing said or proposed by anyone in the debt ceiling debate. Rep. Paul Broun, has a bill, to lower the debt ceiling, and he now achieves the prize for stupidest idea of the year. Just breathtaking.” - Lawrence O’Donnell via MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports

"It’s bizarro"

"That is not fair to the American people, to hold out and say we won’t agree to raising the debt limit until we pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. It’s unfair, it’s bizarro. And maybe some people who have only been in this body for six or seven months or so really believe that. Others know better. Others know better." - Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) Watch via ThinkProgress


Lawrence O’Donnell at MSNBC has been stirring up a conspiracy theory that Newsweek made some deal with Sarah Palin to the cover story. Peter Boyer finally strikes back: “I’m glad to get career-passing grades from that great journalist Lawrence O’Donnell.” Zing!

Really Cheatsheet/Newsweek? Are you sorta trying to rebut O’Donnell’s claims by showing us this? I realize you’re pointing out Boyer’s one-liner. But you added that O’Donnell is pushing a “conspiracy theory.” And, yes, O’Donnell does say something like, “We’ve all done things for money.” But directing us to this?? Really? Gretchen Carlson? The only person in media with a bigger Palin crush is Greta Van Susteren. Ok, I’m done. Time for some moose stew. 

“[A]ll of America is really the real America.  But in the right wing world, they like to pretend that where I am at this moment, in the heart of Manhattan, is not the real America, that the real America is to be found away from the coasts, out there in the great middle, in places like Missouri.

The Sean Hannitys and Ann Coulters of the world like to pretend that that‘s where the real Americans live, real Americans who like the flag more than north-easterners do, and hate taxes more and hate everything liberal, and like everything that‘s Republican.

Here is some Heartland thinking, that Hannity world would not recognize, as coming from their notion of, the real America.  It‘s from an editorial in Sunday‘s “St. Louis Post Dispatch,” that mourns the loss of the party of Lincoln, and as the editorial put it, “the party of lesser mortals, like George H.W. Bush of Texas, Bob Dole of Kansas, and Jack Danforth of Missouri, statesmen who put country before party.”

  “In today‘s Republican party,” the editorial said, “we have the spectacle of smart patriotic men and women putting their brains and integrity on ice to please a party dominated by anti-intellectual, social Darwinists and the plutocrats who finance and mislead them.  Consider the mythology that makes up GOP orthodoxy today.

“Imagine the contortions that cramp the brains and souls of men and women of intelligence and compassion who seek state and national office under the Republican banner.  They must believe, despite the evidence of the 2008 financial collapse, that unregulated or at most lightly regulated financial markets are good for America and the world.

“They must believe, economic growth can be attained only by reducing corporate and individual tax rates, especially among the investor class, and by freeing business from environmental rules that have cleaned up America‘s air and water, and labor regulations that helped create America‘s middle class.

  “Republican candidates for office must deny that health care is a basic right and resist a real attempt to change and improve the system.  GOP candidates must scoff at scientific consensus about global warming.

Blame it on human activity, bad.  Cite Noah‘s Ark as evidence, good.

  “They must express at least some doubt about the science of evolution.  They must insist, statistics and evidence to the contrary, that most of the nation‘s energy needs can be met safely with more domestic oil drilling, clean coal technology, and greater reliance on perfectly safe nuclear power plants.

“They must believe that all 11.2 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States can be rounded up, detained, tried, repatriated and kept from returning at a reasonable cost.  GOP candidates should at least hint that unemployment benefits keep people from seeking jobs.

“They must believe that the founding fathers wanting to guarantee individuals the absolute right to own high capacity rapid fire weapons that did not exist in the late 18th century.”

The “St. Louis Post Dispatch.”  Those east coast Ivy League elitists at “The New York Times” could not have said it better.”

Lawrence O’Donnell, The “Real America” - Watch

Lawrence O’Donnell’s Tribute To Director Sidney Lumet Includes An F-Bomb

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, shouting “it’s not fair, it’s not fucking fair,”


"A NY Daily News editorial today (June 9), reached a new height in hysteria in calling for Anthony Weiner to resign…

You know, when I was working in the Senate, Dan Rostenkowski, chairman of the ways and means committee, got indicted.  Not one Democrat—not one Democrat said, the indicted member of Congress should resign. Not one.

No Democrats were saying Bill Clinton should resign when the impeachment proceedings started moving against him.

What‘s happened?  Are we getting more prudish about this, that this little thing that doesn’t involve any crime, doesn’t involve any violations that we know about, that creates this?” - Lawrence O’Donnell, Watch

"[F]inally a tax plan has emerged that makes more sense than anything anyone in Congress or the White House has proposed in American taxation in my adulthood.

It is the Fairness in Taxation Act, introduced in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, and surely on its way to nowhere legislatively.  It would provide for higher tax bracket for the rich, the truly rich.  Not people making 250,000 dollars a year, not couples making 250,000 dollars a year.

It would provide new tax brackets for millionaires, for real millionaires.  For incomes over a million dollars, the new bracket would be 45 percent.  Over 10 million dollars, taxes would go up one percent to 46 percent.  For incomes over 20 million dollars, it would be 47 percent.  For incomes over 100 million dollars, the tax rate would be 48 percent.

And the top tax bracket would be for incomes over a billion dollars at 49 percent.

Those rates on those 21st century incomes, which we now know to be common in our economy—all of those rates are still lower than the top tax bracket when Ronald Reagan was president.  All of those tax brackets are more than affordable at those income levels.  All of those income levels are now taxed at a maximum of only 35 percent.

And everyone who lives at those income levels, employs at great expense, accountants and lawyers who found legal tax avoidance strategies that reduce their real income tax rate to something far below 35 percent.  None of them, not one of them actually pays 35 percent of their income in federal taxation.

No one does, not one taxpayer.


What every Republican is going to continue to lie about in the face of all the facts to the contrary is that tax cuts will magically increase revenue to the federal government.  With the Bush tax cuts, we now have a ten-year irrefutable proof that that is a lie.

But you would have to be born yesterday in our politics to believe or hope that there could ever be a mathematical proof or a set of facts that could ever get Republican presidential candidates, even the smart ones who know better, to stop lying about taxes.” - Lawrence O’Donnell, Watch

"[I]n a new “USA Today”/Gallup poll. The opinion that Donald Trump is a horrible candidate for Republicans is actually held by 31 percent of Republicans who think Trump would be a poor or terrible president, 46 percent of Republicans say they definitely won‘t vote for him if he were to run, 50 percent of all voters say Trump would be a poor or terrible president.  And 63 percent of all voters say they definitely won‘t vote for him if he were to run.

The hopelessness and absurdity of a run for president by NBC‘s biggest embarrassment in the history of NBC could not be more obvious, but he continues to make the rounds on every show on television except this one.


Trump knows he has been cornered in his lies on the investigators looking into the birth certificate, and he‘s now trying another angle of lying.  The Vulgarian-in-chief who has publicly demonstrated extraordinary stupidity about anything involving the American government now wonders, how Barack Obama, Barack Obama of all people—got into Columbia and Harvard Law School.

He says, quote, “I‘m thinking about it.  I‘m certainly looking into it.”

He‘s lying about that, of course.  He‘s not looking into anything about Barack Obama‘s academic record or how he got into college and law school.  He is obviously seething with jealously that Barack Obama attended prestigious universities.  It mystifies Trump how a kid going to high school in Hawaii, without the support of his father who was absent throughout his life, could possibly get into an Ivy League university when Trump knows how hard it was for him to get into the University of Pennsylvania even though he was born to a very, very rich father who could provide him with all the educational tutoring he might have needed to get into the University of Pennsylvania.

One could only wonder if Trump‘s jealous might come from him having applied to the Obama universities, Columbia and Harvard, and receiving rejection letters from them.

Don‘t worry, Donald.  I‘m not going to investigate how many colleges you got rejected from.” - Lawrence O’Donnell (Watch)

Lawrence O’Donnell Rewrite’s Glenn Beck’s attack on Planned Parenthood

I have to admit I was choked up right along with Lawrence O’Donnell here.

Lawrence O’Donnell had Ann Coulter as a guest last night. 

No fireworks but thoroughly entertaining.