Ron Paul won't reappear on his show anytime soon,
but Lawrence O'Donnell won't care. The MSNBC host has managed
to consistently corral high-profile political figures to his recently launched show The Last Word. He's also quickly made a name for
himself for near-ambush style interviews--leaving some guests angry and bewildered.
Luckily, this appears to have translated into strong ratings for MSNBC, the rebranded "Lean Forward" network. For his latest attention-nabbing
interview, O'Donnell hosts the walking news meme/longshot Democratic
Senate candidate Alvin Greene, predictably yielding an
awkward and compelling result.
O'Donnoll leads off by deadpanning
to Greene "Are you a witch?" before shifting gears to more important
issues, like why the candidate's nickname in high school was "Turtle." Greene,
recently schooled in message-discipline, refuses to say little more than "Jim DeMint started the recession" even when that answer doesn't make much sense in the context of the questions. The
MSNBC host then tries to nudge the candidate into more entertaining territory
by coaxing him to drop the pose: "people tell you no matter what the
question is just do your talking points but, seriously." When that fails
to elicit a response from the stony Greene, O'Donnell ends the
interview with this line, barely containing a smile: "I do think Alvin
Greene, still better than Jim DeMint."
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