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Lawrence O'Donnell
  • Everything Is Racist According to MSNBC

    There's something about golf that makes it a favorite pastime of U.S. presidents. Perhaps it gets their minds off their daily routine of being caddies, carrying baggage for America's wealthiest.

    But did know that making lame joke about Barack Obama's golf game, as Mitch McConnell did during a speech last night, is racist? So claims MNSBC's Lawrence O'Donnell

    Well, we know exactly what he's trying to do there. He is trying to align to Tiger Woods and surely, the — lifestyle of Tiger Woods with Barack Obama.¬†Obviously, nothing could be further from the truth…

    That's the one they want for a very deliberate reason. That — there's — these people reach for every single possible racial double entendre they can find in every one of these speeches…

    I know these people are insensitive. I know the speechwriters are insensitive. I know the way they work. They do not have the same sensitivity level that other speechwriters do. But when you get to the Tiger Woods reference, there were people in the speech writing room, I know this, without a shadow of a doubt, who said wait a minute, do we really want to go there? Do we really want to go to Tiger Woods and the vote in the room was yes, we do. Mitch McConnell agreed to do it.

    To recap, Lawrence is saying that a joke about Obama's golf game isn't meant to suggest the president's indifference toward the unemployed, but is meant to evoke Tiger Woods, thereby impugning Obama's own reputation as a solid family man.

    It's a very, very quiet dog whistle. Only ten people in the world — the ones watching MSNBC — can hear it.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Golf, Lawrence O'Donnell, Mitch McConnell, MSNBC, Racism
  • The Daily Show on the Mormon-ness of Mitt Romney's Religion

    I'd have to say that my biggest concern about Mitt Romney's religion is that I don't want a Commander-in-Chief who breaks into songs every time he has something important to say. However, I should note that everything I know about the Book of Mormon comes from the Broadway musical. (Also, I've heard him sing.)

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    Coverage continues with discussion of Romney's still-gay, now-former foreign policy advisor after the jump.

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11/10c.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Brian Schweitzer, Christianity, CNN, Conservatives, Democrats, Harry Reid, Jon Stewart, Lawrence O'Donnell, LGBT, Martin Bashir, Mitt Romney, Mormon, MSNBC, Religion, Republicans, Richard Grenell, The Daily Show, Video