Anthony Weiner got one thing wrong in his session last night on MSNBC’s “Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell. “This can’t be good TV for anybody,” said Weiner, after being “harangued” — Weiner’s term — over a seven-minute segment that was supposed to be an interview but was anything but. It was good TV for everybody, except for O’Donnell, who concocted a manner of coming off worse than Weiner.
The host started things out by asking the former congressman, infamous sexter and New York City mayoral candidate, “What is wrong with you?” Ah, a clear shot at Weiner’s sexting scandal, right? Not at all: O’Donnell was getting at the scandal behind Weiner’s apparent addiction to running for office. “What is wrong with you that you cannot seem to imagine a life without elective office?” In what sounded very much like an accusation, O’Donnell said to Weiner: “You’ve been pursuing elective office for over 20 years now.” Things downhilled from there, in such spectacular fashion that this session may crack the cable-news Top 10 moments. As the chat neared its end, O’Donnell mentioned the possibility of taking the debate “online.” To which Weiner responded, “Online? Get harangued online? Nobody watches the show, who do you think’s online?”
O’Donnell has spent a career covering politicians, yet apparently he still doesn’t understand them.