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Harvard grad Lawrence O’Donnell, who grew up in privilege, challenges Tagg Romney to a fight

Harvard grad Lawrence O’Donnell, who grew up in privilege, challenges Tagg Romney to a fight

Had to fight his way through tough streets of Boston?

Lawrence O’Donnell’s on screen theatrics have been featured here frequently:

O’Donnell is far more twisted than any of the other MSNBC hosts. Chris Matthews, by comparison, is a model of self-control.

But this one, based on the false meme that Tagg Romney threatened to punch Obama, is in a class of its own (video h/t Hot Air):

O’Donnell grew up having to fight in his neighborhood?  Okay.  Here’s part of his Wikipedia bio:

O’Donnell was born in Boston on November 7, 1951; the son of Frances Marie (née Buckley), an office manager, and Lawrence Francis O’Donnell, Sr., an attorney. He attended St. Sebastian’s School ’70, where he was captain of his baseball team, and graduated from Harvard College in 1976.  While at Harvard, he wrote for the Harvard Lampoon and was popular among its members due to his wit and sarcasm.  [footnotes omitted]

St. Sebatsian’s private school and Harvard College?  Son of a famous and successful trial lawyer?

Those must have toughened young Lawrence up to fight for his life on the mean streets of Boston:

“In our family, my mother was the sophisticate,’’ said her son Lawrence O’Donnell Jr. of Santa Monica, Calif., who hosts “The Last Word’’ on MSNBC. “She was the one who always went to the Boston Ballet and took us to the theater. She liked the opera and all sorts of things I could never bring myself around to liking.’’

Please MNSBC, get the man some help.


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I bet O’Donnell likes to crochet when he’s not in limp-wristed wrestling matches with his ego.

Hahahaha!! Me me me, Tagg. Lemme do it. I volunteer to be your second. I would love to punch out the crazy coot.

    Ragspierre in reply to janitor. | October 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    This buffoon/poltroon ranted on the “chicken-hawk” theme for extended time, reciting multiple factually false “facts”.

    Of course, Baby Barry is not held to anything like the same standards.

    “It’s different when we do it.”

      Observer in reply to Ragspierre. | October 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Speaking of different standards, when Mitt Romney’s son says that hearing Obama attacking his dad makes him feel like he wants to punch Obama, it’s clearly raaaaacist and violent and wrong. But in 2008, when Michelle Obama was asked how she felt hearing Bill Clinton criticizing her husband, she said it made her feel like she wanted to scratch his eyes out. Yet remarkably, nobody called Mrs. Obama a raaaaacist, or suggested that she was violent or unhinged, after her remarks.

      Hmmmm. I wonder what could account for the difference?

In Metrosexualville a full five fingered slap can be lethal.

The only thing that will fix O’Donnell is a pair of electrodes and a piece of rubber to bite down on, a la McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest…

    Jack The Ripper in reply to Dimsdale. | October 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Agreed. Is Louise Fletcher available or is someone else willing to be Nurse Ratchet?

    When it comes to electrodes and liberals, I would rather be likened to Endo in the original Lethal Weapon, before Mel Gibson and Danny Glover each went shrill.

Jack The Ripper | October 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm

O’Donnell was not that bad on the McLaughlin Group back in the 1990s, and his wife is pretty hot, actress Kathryn Harold, but WTF?

O’Donnell is no dummy. He knows damn well that the Tagg Romney quote was not a threat to slap the president, just sharing what it feels like to have one’s father attacked and called a liar.

What is it about MSNBC that turns (almost) all of its on-air talent into mean, hateful, scolding, bigoted and stereotyping, venom-spewing, foaming at the mouth liberals?

O’Donnell supposedly said in the mid-2000s that he considers himself a “practical European socialist.” Has socialism worked out that well in Europe?

I’ve joked about re-education camps being imposed by our statist regime on conservatives and libertarians, but is it time for us to hire a deprogrammer and raid team to rescue O’Donnell and a few others from the xenophobic and closed-minded cult that is MSNBC?

I take solace in the fact that few people watch MSNBC compared to other sources of news and commentary.

    casualobserver in reply to Jack The Ripper. | October 19, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I’m not so sure O’Donnell wasn’t 100% on the level. I rarely hear him speak, but the look on his face and the quiver in his voice prove to me he is really emotionally involved. He reminds me of myself in high school when I had enough of a kid pestering me. My adrenaline said kick his butt even though my voice was emotional and quivering. (He backed down like many bullies do). O’Donnell is either very good at acting or faking, or he is serious to me.

    What is it about MSNBC that turns (almost) all of its on-air talent into mean, hateful, scolding, bigoted and stereotyping, venom-spewing, foaming at the mouth liberals?

    They can’t get up the tingling any more.

Michael Savage authored a book entitled “Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder.” Although the title gave me a few laughs, I never read it because I scoffed at the idea. Lately, however, I’m beginning to wonder. O’Donnell is the latest example. By the way, if you haven’t viewed the video clip in the side bar, you’re missing another example. Janeane Garofalo is true to her form.

    Jack The Ripper in reply to ALman. | October 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Yeah, I saw something earlier that indicated that Janeane Garofalo is runnink amok again.

    I guess Michael Vick let her out of her cage or unchained her from that truck axle in the mud. Definitely “foaming at the mouth.”

    JimMtnViewCaUSA in reply to ALman. | October 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Tagg was raised to be an upright man, though. I doubt if he would agree to tussle with some feeble-minded old man. It’s just not the thing an honorable man would do.
    So, O’Donnell is safe for now.

Jack The Ripper | October 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm

runnink = running

Sorry. Hard time typing while cleaning my shotgun. Halloween is coming. Gotta be prepared for liberal zombies.

Jack The Ripper | October 19, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Do blacks watch MSNBC?

Do hispanics watch MSNBC?

Does MSNBC even have a black weatherman.

Am guessing that MSNBC is lilly whites throwing red meat (of the soy/tofu variety, of course) to rabid lilly white liberals – the kind who are projecting when they call conservatives and talk radio hateful and tea parties racist, despite scant evidence.

    Lawrence O’Donnell is a putz and a bully. He makes these kinds of threats when he knows that Tagg has too much class to take him up on his offer. But Lawrence had better be careful before someone else bitch slaps him around.
    msnbc is so very fortunate to have as their token Black, Rev. Sharpton, race baiter extraordinaire.
    Did you hear the fake Boston accent at the beginning?

I’ll be your huckleberry. . . .

I love that line.

As someone who lives in a ‘tough’ neighborhood in Massachusetts, it is nothing to brag about and it is not glamorous. Mr. O’Donnell should be fortunate all he had to worry about is fighting, if gang affiliated you may get stabbed or shot.

I actually like my neighborhood, and I hope we can do our best to stop the flow of drug related gang violence. There are lot of good hard working people here, and an active community. I don’t want to my children to be ‘tough’, because I know there is a good chance they could be dead. It is nothing to brag or joke about.

    Lizard in reply to ReneeA. | October 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    But that is the thing he didn’t grow up in a rough neighborhood and he attended an extremely prestigious Catholic school in Needham. Knowing someone who graduated from there it is not a hot bed of gangs. So once again a silly person from MSNBC lies about their up-bringing/background.

I don’t know if he’s worse than Matthews, but the hosts on MSLSD all seem to be a little crazy. On second thought, maybe a lot crazy.

casualobserver | October 19, 2012 at 1:49 pm

The NBC network associate names (Brian Williams et al) must all be so proud to be affiliated with a cable news network where the second most popular personality makes a bar room gesture. On air. So informative. So enlightening. Such class.

Tagg needs to be careful because Lawrence may give him such a pinch as he tries to scratch Tagg’s eyes out. EFFETE Effete effete. Lawrence sissy boy.

Jack The Ripper | October 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Holy Hell!

I just watched the video.

The cameraman must have had a lobotomy because he was able to keep the camera still during such a laughable and pathetic segment.

My God! Laurence O’Donnell (with his dainty upbringing) challenging anyone to a fight is about as pathetically ironic as Elizabeth Warren, in the most recent debate, bringing up the issue of student aid. And it gets worse because he is calling Tag out as a wimp! And then, this natively intelligent commentator who served on Harvard’s National Lampoon, delivers the oh-so-lame attempt at humor by dishing up the insult that Tag is angry, ab initio, because of carrying around and unusual first name for 42 years.

My wife works with a Vietnamese guy named Phuk. Would Politically Correct O’Donnell ridicule that guy’s name? Would he ridicule celebrities with goofy names? Would he ridicule Mohammed Ali or any other “black muslims” who have changed their surnames to X?

Guess MSNBC is running out of material.

But, that is what I LOVE about the First Amendment. It enables people to expose themselves for the ugly, pathetic, hypocritcal, biased, wimpy fools that they are, or, in the case of O’Donnell, have become.

So sad.

So very, very sad.

Gotta get back to work. Someone has to pay for Big Bird and the third of a million dollar a year talent at Children’s Television Workshop, or an extra third of a million dollars for embassy security.

Speaking of which, on Jackass 2 or 2.5 or 3, Johnny Knoxville and the crew took the sub-sonic pelting of a bunch of rubber superballs blasting out of “canons” on the sides of U.S. embassies. If Jackass could afford to use one of these devices in its film, could not the U.S. have afforded some in Libya?

conservativegram | October 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm

I think this is their way of going after the young support. It’s all they have left. Now you know why the students at The Ohio University didn’t know anything about Benghazi. The left is working overtime to keep them entertained with other things.

Jack The Ripper | October 19, 2012 at 2:09 pm

One last note:

Tsunami Warning – If Janeane Garafaolo is off her leash, it means that we can expect to be hearing some inanities from Michael Moore pretty soon. [God, they are both SO brilliant.].

Don’t say you were not warned!!!!!

Here’s a tip on how to make money: Anytime Michael Moore criticizes a particular corporation, buy a long position in its stock.

Yet another manufactured controversy.

I would be surprised, and disappointed, if O’Donnell did not have an instinctive nature to protest slanderous statements made against his father.

Jack The Ripper | October 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Got It.

I have identified the common thread.

O’Donnell is feisty and trying to assert himself because he just learned that he gets paid a lot less than the male talent at MSNBC.

I will leave the Rachel Maddow jokes to you.

This guy is sick, no question. Can you imagine a conservative character behaving like this? But don’t think his basic emotional makeup is any different from the average leftist. It’s not. He’s just less emotionally continent.

SmokeVanThorn | October 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm

The guys that wrote this skit are going to be looking at a hell of suit from the real O’Donnell for portraying him as such an unmitigated, in the tank, I’ll fight for my guy Barry, phony tough guy a-hole.

Actually, as entertaining as the recitation of O’Donnell’s biographical details in conjunction with this on-air pronouncements is, his background was not quite as privileged as one might think. His father was a former cop who went to law school at night. His father also represented a lot of people who had very little money and championed unpopular causes. O’Donnell’s mother was an office manager. Both his parents came from humble beginnings. I don’t think they were wealthy. O’Donnell himself is well known for on-air combativness (he was kicked off Joe Scarborough’s “Joe in the Morning” show for his antics).

Unfortunately, O’Donnell’s behavior is yet another example of pure entertainment being passed off as news. The more outrageous the behavior, the higher the ratings.

“Had to fight his way through tough streets of Boston?”

” … said her son Lawrence O’Donnell Jr. of Santa Monica, Calif., …”

Yeah, well, ever since that older boy showing off to Susie Cowsill threatened to beat me up, I vowed I’d never be humiliated like that again.

Santa Monica is my hometown and I’ve owned these streets since that sad day. I’m putting you on notice, Lawrence. If we meet outside some cafe on Montana Ave., put your dukes up.

LukeHandCool (who has plenty of crazy neighbors here in Santa Monica, but, hey, there’s always room for one more)

SmokeVanThorn | October 19, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I didn’t see the tough guy offering to fight any of the Swift Boat Vets for Truth in 2004.

I knew Lawrence O’Donnell at Harvard, and guess what? He was one of the biggest *ssholes on campus then. Little surprise he’s about the biggest *sshole in media now.

The St. Sebastian campus in Newton back in the late 1960’s was SUCH a dangerous place. Tagg better watch out.. Hahahaha

theduchessofkitty | October 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Some people are beyond helping, Professor.

Henry Hawkins | October 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm

That was likely a mix of genuine emotion and media calculation. O’Donnell would’ve milked the Tagg ‘threat’ regardless, but I think what happened is that it coincided with O’Donnell, like so many other libs, coming to realize his man is going down in eighteen days, a despair only deepened by the way the debates exposed both Obama and Biden as empty chairs. Nobody projects like a smug liberal, and O’Donnell’s anger is at himself for falling for the Obama dream, then to ritually sacrifice his credibility and self-respect in a four-year-long info-war in support and defense of a now fallen prophet. O’Donnell is just now realizing he won’t be getting one of those cushy administration jobs, his reward to join that incestuous lib media/Obama admin job, a combo of merry-go-round and gravy train.

So, hell ya… he’s angry. Doesn’t it take guts to challenge a man to a fight when you know in advance there is zero chance it will happen? Bravo, Mr. O’Donnell! Had I a company of brave men like you I could take over Girl Scout Troop #34, Witauga, KY.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Henry Hawkins. | October 19, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    PS: I just made up that troop, so if there’s a real Girl Scout Troop #34 in Kentucky, and you are a member of it, don’t be kickin’ this old man’s ass if’n you see me in the street.

A_Nonny_Mouse | October 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm

His mother’s maiden name was Buckley? Like the family who gave us the founder of National Review, William F Buckley Jr?
— *THAT* Buckley?

Please tell me “No” !!!

What a lowlife crapweasle this O’Donnell guy is, and his newly-found Bahst’n accent. I would give a month’s salary for ten minutes in a room alone with this MSDNC buffoon. Drop him, Tagg!

I admit that, for a moment, I was a bit worried. I thought it was Rosie O’Donnell who threatened Tagg. Whew, thank goodness it was only pasty face Larry issuing his empty challenge.

Tag would be time enough for this wimp. Instead I’d like to see a steel cage death match between Linguine Larry and Tiny Dancer Emanual, refereed by Mad Dog Matthews. Tiny Dancer would wrap his tutu around Linguini’s head while hitting him with a dead fish; Linguini would scream in Latin and try to bite another one of the Dancer’s fingers off. The saliva would be coming out of Mad Dog’s mouth at such a prodigious rate that he would slip and fall as the tingle coursed up his leg. Bring it on, sweet boys!

Here’s hoping Larry has a really crappy birthday.

Jack The Ripper | October 19, 2012 at 8:12 pm

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‘Nuff said, Mr. O’Donnell.

Lawrence O’Donnell? Any relation to his alter ego, Rosy?

That’s just red meat MSNBC throws out for obama’s (notice it is now a little o) nutrooters & occupitifuls. They have no game but they still like hearing a liberal pretending to act tough.

Perhaps some Navy Seals will oblige in some free dental work for the tough guy’s wished for hockey image.

Lauence O’Donnell is a joke. He’s been that for years. In this case, he made a fool of himself and too bad for him it got on the internet. Now the whole world knows he’s an idiot.