The fire this time, Lawrence says: Your DAILY HOWLER keeps getting results.
This morning, Herman Cain’s sexy-time tale is off the front page of the New York Times. On the other hand, Lawrence O’Donnell aggressively played the fool on last evening’s Last Word.
In fact, what happened last night was a bit worse than that. Is Mount O’Donnell getting ready to blow?
We plan to profile the “Dorchester Dandy” next week. But we were stunned by how bad it got on last evening’s program.
Tugging on his ding-dong again, O’Donnell devoted the bulk of his program to his own sexy-time Herman Cain frolic. (And yes, that’s what this is, clowning and posturing to the side.) O’Donnell very much wants to hear from the one woman who says she wants to tell her story, though she may want to do so anonymously.
Eventually, familiar anger rising, Dorchester’s biggest known nutcase was hotly proposing that the Occupy movement should create a “firestorm” at a DC address he had named. And yes, O'Donnell seemed to mean it. To watch this full segment, click this:
O’DONNELL (11/3/11): Joel Bennett, a lawyer for one of the women who got a year`s pay settlement from the National Restaurant Association as a result of Herman Cain’s alleged conduct is negotiating with the association to release her from her confidentiality agreement and allow her to accept the Cain campaign challenge.How big a fool is Lawrence O’Donnell? Let us count the ways:
Sue Hensley, senior vice president for public affairs communication for the National Restaurant Association—do we have a picture of Sue? We do?
All right. Put it up. That’s right. Put it right up there.
I want people to see the people who are currently protecting the secrets of Herman Cain.
Sue Hensley said today, "Our outside counsel was contacted by Mr. Bennett today and was asked to provide a response to a proposed statement by tomorrow afternoon. We are currently reviewing the document and we plan to respond tomorrow."
All eyes that are not on the Los Angeles courthouse tomorrow where the verdict in the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor could be delivered will be on the National Restaurant Association headquarters at 1200 17th Street Northwest in Washington, D.C. That’s at the intersection of 17th and M Streets, nearest Metro stop is Farragut North. That’s only five blocks from the Occupy D.C. protests in McPherson Square—an easy walk for anyone who might feel like occupying the National Restaurant Association.
Today may be the day to begin the National Restaurant Association occupation, to force them to open their secret files. As of now, we have no reason not to expect Dawn Sweeney—let’s get a look at her, the woman who now has Herman Cain’s old job, the CEO of the National Restaurant Association—to do the right thing.
Do we have a Dawn Sweeney picture? Looks like we don’t. We don’t have one.
All right. Well, we’ll find one. Dawn Sweeney’s picture will be here. Maybe not tonight.
She and anyone else at the National Restaurant Association has a standing invitation to come on this program and explain whatever they decide tomorrow.
If the National Restaurant Association decides to do the wrong thing tomorrow, if they decide to continue to allow Herman Cain and his campaign management to say anything they want about the former National Restaurant Association employees who have complained against Mr. Cain while the National Restaurant Association prevents those employees from speaking out in any way, then a firestorm should be visited upon the 1200 17th Street Northwest and the members of the National Restaurant Association.
First, note his conception of our nation’s top news stories. Number 1 is the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor. And yes, that actually is what he said. Even we were amazed.
Number 2 is the Herman Cain harassment story. If you aren't watching the Jackson trail, you'll have your eye on that!
Second, note the menacing way O’Donnell let us see the faces of the people against whom he proposes a “firestorm.” Clowning hard, he pretended he didn’t know if he had a photo of Hensley. Comically, he then had to wait before he could post Sweeney’s mug shot due to some sort of glitch. (Eventually, the picture was posted.)
You have to watch the tape to catch O’Donnell’s tone. But the posting of these mug shots represented unbelievably bad judgment.
Eventually, O’Donnell made a truly demented proposal. He proposed that Occupy D.C. people should create a “firestorm” at the offices of the National Restaurant Association. (It's "an easy walk" from where they are!) His choice of words was amazingly unfortunate, especially given his menacing tone and his insistence that any nut who might be watching should know what the targets look like.
This is what Chris Matthews did back in 1999. He came within a whisker of getting a journalist killed—an innocent person who had been falsely accused of something on Hardball due to Matthews’ loud crazy insistence. See THE DAILY HOWLER, 5/20/99.
Occupy Wall Street is a very big deal. It really shouldn’t be about firebombing the headquarters of a trade group which refuses to issue a release from an agreement. Especially in the wake of the recent problems surrounding Occupy Oakland, O’Donnell’s familiar ranting represented amazingly bad judgment. From anyone other than O’Donnell, we might have been surprised.
(On last night’s Maddow Show, Michael Moore spoke very intelligently about the recent problems and errors in judgment involving Occupy Oakland. One hour earlier, O’Donnell had been calling for Occupy D.C. to create a “firestorm” at a building involved in a story that has his ding-a-ling fired.)
If Herman Cain did harass women in his employ, he of course shouldn’t have done so. But the Jackson trial isn’t the day’s biggest story, and the Cain matter isn’t number two. Beyond that, the Occupy movement is a very big deal, though errors in judgment could put it in peril. O’Donnell’s call for a “firestorm” showed amazingly bad judgment.
Coming from anyone but O’Donnell, it would have been a surprise. For the record, O’Donnell is also calling for a boycott of Starbucks and Disney World.
MSNBC has been forced to can this big nut in the past. Is Mount O’Donnell getting ready to blow once again?
Second question: Where in the world—where on earth—does this channel keep finding these people?
Worth a second look: Yes, O’Donnell actually said this: “All eyes that are not on the Los Angeles courthouse tomorrow where the verdict in the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor could be delivered will be on the National Restaurant Association headquarters at 1200 17th Street Northwest in Washington, D.C.”
That’s his idea of our really big stories. Where in the world—where on earth—does this channel keep finding these nuts?