Was watching MSNBC at the gym tonight when Lawrence O’Donnell‘s show came on.
Now, as a left, left, left Democrat, you’d think I love Lawrence O’Donnell, a longtime party operative who worked with Bill Clinton and later was involved in the TV series, The West Wing. Yet, to me, O’Donnell is the liberal Sean Hannity. And I hate Sean Hannity. All the man does is yell. And demean. And scorn. He’s especially terrible when a Republican is dumb enough to appear as a guest. Tonight’s show featured Congressman Allen West, a freshman GOP congressman and a person who recently called President Obama “the dumbest person walking around right now.” Now, West is—relatively speaking—small potatoes. He’s a far-right fringe candidate who won on the strength of the Tea Party. He’s a small fish. A guppie. He also deserved some props for appearing on O’Donnell’s show.
Well, O’Donnell just killed the guy. But not in an intellectual way. He demeaned him repeatedly, mocked him ruthlessly and, in my opinion, disregared the fact that West has a lengthy military career that deserves some respect.
That’s not how you change opinions and it’s not how you gain viewers.
It’s how you marginalize yourself.