Lawrence O’Donnell to ‘Taggart’ Romney: Your dad is a liar so ‘take a swing at me’
“The flawlessly consistent, intergenerational combat cowardice of Romney men makes today’s threat of physical violence from a Romney man all the more surprising,” the MSNBC host added, referring to Tagg Romney’s desire to deck the president.O'Donnell lapsed back into a little of his Southie accent for this. Fabulous! Here's the transcript. Go see the video.
O’Donnell then looked into the camera and spoke directly to “Taggart”:
When I hear you talking about taking a swing and taking punches, why do I get the feeling that you’ve never actually taken a punch? Or thrown a punch? I didn’t have that luxury in the part of Boston that I grew up in. But in your rich, suburban Boston life, with your father filling a $100 million trust fund for you, I don’t know, I just get the feeling that things were kind of different for you.Lawrence knows damn well he won't ever have to make good on it because the Romney boys are fuckin' privileged punks and won't take him up on it. They have people to do that. Even if Tagg summoned up the sack, or lost his fuckin' mind, and actually tried it, O'Donnell could probably kick his ass anyway.
Now, I know you’ve got a lot — a lot to be pissed off at these days, starting with the name Taggart, which you got every right to be wicked pissed off at for every day for the 42 years of your life. So, let me try to help you deal with all this aggression you’re feeling right now.
You’re mad at President Obama for calling your father a liar? Well, let’s get something straight, he didn’t call your father a liar, I did. The president just said that what your father said isn’t true. I’ve been saying all year that your father is a liar, I’ve repeatedly said that your father lies and is trying to lie his way into the White House.
You want to take a swing at someone for calling your old man a liar? Take a swing at me. Come on, come on. And don’t worry, there won’t be any Secret Service involved. Just us. And I’ll make it easy for you, I’ll come to you. Anytime, anywhere.”
“Go ahead, Taggart, take your best shot,” O’Donnell concluded.
I should say by way of disclosure that I was a privileged punk too. A hitch in the Marine Corps got me over that. For all their money, the Romneys never had that advantage and are still and will remain punks.
Here's my take on Tagg's "liar" comment - he wasn't pissed off at Obama for calling his dad a liar so much as he was pissed off that the help had the audacity to talk back to him. The "little people" (anybody but them) just don't do that in their elitist world, and they can't fire Obama for insubordination. It must hurt them to the quick to find out dissent against their views is allowed outside their bubble.
Welcome to our world, sonny. I hope you choke on it.