“Liberals amuse me,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program after the election last fall. “.Ã¢â‚¬”°.Ã¢â‚¬”°. I live to the extreme left of you mere liberals.” – A starring role as the cable guy
A snippet from the profile on Lawrence O’Donnell is below. It’s a terrific piece for O’Donnell, who seems to have found a comfortable spot outside and well beyond his PBS/Charlie Rose penchant. The cable yakker circus demands something different.
“I’ve never done anything that I need to be doing tomorrow,” he says. “If someone says, “˜We no longer want you here,’ I won’t show up again. It was true at “˜The West Wing.’ It was true in the Senate. I’ve lived a life of unplanned freelance employment. I don’t have some expectation” of continuity.
I can so relate to this statement. Looking at my life you can see it manifested and I wouldn’t have it any other way, though it’s never easy, especially on people watching what it takes to do what I do.
Growing up watching Gloria Steinem, coming of age in the modern feminist era, politics was not so much something I chose, but instead something I lived. My big brother had a lot to do with my deep interest in the machinations of politics, but the foundation was the age I experienced. It’s the one constant in my life, the foundation of who I am.
The rest is manifested through artistry.
I remember watching Lawrence O’Donnell’s short-lived show on Saturday. He had guests on and played moderator. “The Last Word” was okay at 10 pm, but upon Olbermann leaving, Lawrence seems to have taken flight. I don’t always agree with him or the lengths he goes to demolish his chosen adversary of the evening, like last night’s unending screed targeting Sarah Palin, but his nightly op-ed rants are always intelligently insightful television. Lawrence on Sarah:
Even at his most brutal moments, which the video above illustrates, Lawrence does it with a wink and a nod, as if he’s playing us all, but he knows we know it, so it’s okay. His subject, however, is not as lucky. Palin’s bus tour reduced to exactly what it is, a bus tour all about her, not the presidency or this country, whether she runs or not. Lawrence is sure she won’t and says so. I don’t care so much about predictions like that, because I don’t see the merit except for the person who wants to be able to claim credit. For me it’s always about the ride, because I simply rarely ever care where it lands (as my life proves).
The most deliciously taunting aspect of O’Donnell’s broadcasts is his unabashed socialist defense, last night talking about the United States and the people who are scared to admit that part of what makes this country work is the meld of capitalism and socialism. Lawrence doesn’t say he’s progressive or even liberal, but instead scoffs at what he sees as weak-kneed posturing, my words, clearly ready to tweak anyone who thinks being far Left is wacky when compared to the reality of how we all live in this country.
Blunt transparency is enormously appealing, especially in an era where bs is the standard currency for punditry.