FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2022
In the beginning, he wasn't: We're losing a lot of time today, so we can only offer this hint:
Last night, Lawrence O'Donnell said he was "enraged." He said so right at the start of his Last Word program. No transcript is available yet.
O'Donnell said he was enraged by Justice Alito's Supreme Court draft opinion. We're not saying he shouldn't be enraged. But we couldn't help remembering a time in the past when he wasn't.
We refer to his calm demeanor during Campaign 2000. In particular, we recall his calm demeanor as he described the way the mainstream press was taking it out on Candidate Gore.
His exposition, was back then, was in fact highly informative. But the mainstream press was deeply involved in a twenty-month "war against Gore," and Lawarence—like everyone else in the mainstream guild—displayed exactly zero rage in the face of this gruesome behavior.
For the record, Lawrence has had a fair share of enragement events over the many long years. During Campaign 2004, he got booted off the air for an enragement event concerning the "Swiftboat" campaign against Candidate Kerry.
During Campaign 2012, he had to apologize for his various attacks on Candidate Romney's Mormon faith. On one occasion, he actually challenged one of Romney's sons to a (literal) fistfight, adopting his working-class Dorchester accent to do so.
He did so right on the air.
We aren't complaining about those enragement events, although they were quite unhelpful. Instead, we're noting the lack of enragement Lawrence displayed during the fateful war against Candidate Gore.
Starting in March 1999, his colleagues kept it up for two solid years. As a fairly obvious result, George W. Bush squeaked into the White House, winning Florida by maybe twelve votes.
O'Donnell displayed no sense of rage about what his colleagues were doing during Campaign 2000. (Tomorrow, we'll offer more detail about the specific event to which we've already referred.)
Lawrence voiced no enragement as the war against Gore proceeded. Result? George W. Bush squeezed into the White House—and proceeded to nominate Samuel Alito to serve on the Supreme Court! We're going to guess that a President Gore would have named somebody else.
"In my beginning [was] my end," one of the great poets said. (We don't know what he meant.) In the beginning, Lawrence voiced no sense of enragement. By last evening, twenty-two years later, he was extremely upset.
Our species tends to function this way, an array of top experts have said.
(Details and links tomorrow.)