May 22, 2009
but what’s really making him mad is Cheney’s picking on barry. Which is why Cheney is doing it and Larry’s reaction is why Chenye isn’t about to stop.
What is going on with Larry O’Donnell? He have a bad case of Irish flu and not enough hair of the dog? And where did he get the hair on his head? He’s been rampaging for a while now and who he’s really angry at is barry. As are a lot of people and it’s only 4 months in. Larry can yell at Pat Buchanan all he wants and Pat’ll laugh right back and say: See, it’s working or See, I told you so. Just like he did this video segment where even Matthews had to laugh at Larry.
LARRY ODONNELL (2:00):
Well, he came today to — obviously to do nothing much other than defend torture, which he calls ‘tough questioning.’ This was as sleazy a presentation by a vice president as we’ve had since Spiro Agnew. This was an absolute abomination. He cannot, ever, frame the other side’s position honestly.
Here’s the real anger. barry played nice and came off as rather neutered. Cheney has absolutely nothing to lose and from Larry’s reaction Cheney’s doing a bangup job.
Why is barry even engaging Cheney?
…What you saw with Obama earlier was Obama describes the other side’s position fairly. He then goes on to advance his position. Cheney comes out and lies about the other side, it’s the only way he can talk. He says that Obama will not use the word ‘terrorist,’ when Obama does indeed use that word. He pretends that all we did was tough questioning. He says that 9/11 — he says that 9/11 made everyone take a second look at the threat. That is a lie.
(3:25) This guy just has to lie from beginning to end through his setup of his opposition’s position in order to advance any of his ideas at all, none of which have any proof to them at all.
ANDREA MITCHELL (7:30) Seems to have the most rational understanding of the potential violence.
So here you’ve got the former vice president saying they worked, the current president saying, they — ‘you don’t need those techniques in order to keep America safe.’ And you can’t bring those two sides together. We are at a real impasse here and I’ve never seen the debate framed more divisively than we’ve heard it today.
CHRIS MATTHEWS (8:20)
Now the Vice President, the former Vice President, joined in the fight with those 90 senators, clearly exploiting it, saying today, just now, ‘Attorney General Holder and others have admitted that the United States will be required to accept a number of the terrorists here in the homeland,’ you got to love this language, ‘and it has even been suggested U.S. taxpayer dollars will be used to support them.’ As if we’re setting up some sort of happy hunting ground for these people. We’re putting them in prison and feeding them, and giving them pajamas. What is this ‘supporting them’ about, Pat?
LARRY O’DONNELL (9:50):
Exactly. The President said very clearly he’s not going to release any terrorist — and he uses the word terrorist — who could endanger Americans. Now Chris, you’ve pointed out another very clear Dick Cheney lie. It is just a lie. Who is paying for the daily existence of the terrorists in Gitmo now? Who is paying for that? The American taxpayer. This is the kind of sleazy arguing that this guy does in these speeches. It is just ridiculous. It is an insult to the intelligence of anyone who’s listening to him.
There was one clever thing, also, that he did do, was to challenge the President to declassify those memos, which he claims prove that he’s correct, that the techniques worked and kept us safer.
But after objecting to the release of top-secret information. The Vice President objects to the release of top-secret information. In the next sentence, he advocates it.
Lawrence’s reaction tells you that Cheney’s speech worked.