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Lawrence O’Donnell Not Amused By Mitt Romney’s ‘Over The Line’ Al Smith Dinner Standup Set (Video)

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Here is Lawrence O’Donnell with his frowny disturbed face, noting that President Obama directed three jokes at Mitt Romney at last night’s Al Smith Dinner, but Mitt Romney directed eight jokes at President Obama. “WAS IT OVER THE LINE?” “Oh, yes, it was definitely over the line.” Lawrence O’Donnell, get your lace panties out of your butt and come the fuck on. And Krystal Ball, we like you. You don’t need to be an agony aunt either. And other dude who is there, you are also there. We see you. But we stopped watching this clip right where we ended it here, so maybe you were fine! But you were still involved in this ridiculous bit of waaah, so you get no points sir! Watch Mitt Romney’s “over the line” standup set and Barack Obama’s totally right one, after the jump.

Spoiler alert: Mitt Romney can be funny! It’s a good set! We LOLed!

Now here’s your boyfriend.

Even rightwing torture chamber Newsmax didn’t get all crybaby like Lawrence O’Donnell, who is a little bitch, the end.

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    1. Nibbler of Niblonia

      I think the criticism was legit in that Romney's jokes were increasingly mean-spirited and based on conservative abstractions of who democrats are and what they believe.

      Obama's jokes were more about situations and circumstances, and not aimed at the caricature of the GOP) the way Romney did.

      WWKO (what would keith olberman say?)

      1. Poindexter718

        Keith Olbermann would compare Romney to Hitler and demand that he immediately renounce his candidacy and repair to a monastery, all the while popping multiple cerebral blood vessels.

      2. MittBorg

        Truly, Nibbler. I like Keith Olbermann OK, but I'm not a huge fan. I've only ever seen Lawrence O'Donnell via the Internet and have no idea who he is, and I'm not really interested in finding out. But his criticism of Romney is sound. And no matter how much I love to kiss our Editrix's charmingly rounded bottom, I have to stick to that position.

  1. Texan_Bulldog

    Mittens was meaner spirited but I honestly think he doesn't know how to be funny & self deprecating because he's never had to been. I love how Barry tells a joke, lets it sink in & then grins from ear to ear.

    1. MittBorg

      He enjoys the joke, even when he's the butt of it, and that comes through. Plus, he has a really charming smile. It makes him look like a little boy. Mitt was funny, but a lot of his jokes were driven by, I don't know, meanness, bitterness, some kind of inner hurt. He's upset about something. Losing?

      1. Texan_Bulldog

        Perfectly put, Mittborg. I just don't think deep down inside (or even superficially) that Mitt is a very nice, warm guy. And when he pretends he is, it's just so painful for him … and us.

  2. FlownOver

    Because these folks demonstrate their own comedy chops daily.

    (Not that they're entirely wrong – Romney's "jokes" were mostly smarm that would have worked better in a Bob Hope monologue – during Bob Hope's lifetime,)

  3. JackDempsey1

    Romney didn't get the chance to break out the "blue" material, which is like taking away half of the sister wives.

  4. Toomush_Infer

    Hey, I stayed up to watch Lawrence put on his own PX90 act….calling out the Romney lad, "come get me, baby boy – yer dad wears pink pajamas!"….this was soo sad, Larry….don't flex those arms again, it made me see green….

  5. freakishlywrong

    All I had to see was Jabba the Ailes in the audience at this thing and would have enjoyed it more if Obama had bitch-slapped that fat face.

    1. Generation[redacted]

      Even Hannity thought that was funny. Of course Hannity probably doesn't make the connection that it's funny because he and his ilk have spent the past 4 years their entire lives promoting bigotry against Muslims.

    2. Disassembly

      It was a bit of a call back to the speech he made there four years ago: "Many of you — many of you know that I got my name Barack from my father. What you may not know is Barack is actually Swahili for 'that one.' And I got my middle name from somebody who obviously didn't think I'd ever run for president."

    3. Negropolis

      You know, everyone was laughing, but in the humor I was sad, because it was true, and also because many people in that very room engaged in that fear-mongering shit about his name and will continue to do so. It was a realization. It felt like a defeat. Notice how he avoided even saying the name as part of the joke. I don't think that was just for comedic effect, it's because he actually still can't really remind people of it.

  6. Lot_49

    Irritating things about O'Donnell:

    1. He always says "jerning" instead of "joining," as in "Jerning us now, Krystal Ball and her incredibly irritating rich-girl gargle voice."

    2. He ridicules Romney and other candidates who've never been in the military for not having been in the military, when he himself is of Veet-nahm draft-bait age and, uh, didn't serve.

    3. His show generally sucks.

    1. Lucidamente1

      In O'Donnell's defense, he has it in for pols who dodged Vietnam and who enthusiastically supported it and every subsequent war.

        1. Lucidamente1

          Agreed. When he keeps it in check, he's almost as good as Rachel; when he doesn't, he's almost as bad as Keith: The Crying of the MSNBC Lot, I guess.

    2. DocChaos

      O'D rarely goes full-Obemann, but yeah, his "outrage" is often a little too self-serving.

      But shut up about my TV GF Krystal Ball, I can't think of too many women who still look sexy with shoulders like Michael Phelps'.

    3. Negropolis

      Oh, he's not shy about Vietnam and himself. He freely admits that. What he hates, and rightly so, are these chickenhawks of today who rattle for war who didn't want to go themselves.

      I'm not a big fan of him, myself. He has a seething self-righteousness for damn-near just about everything he makes and issue of on his show. It's really why I love Rachel. Even when she's angry and bitter, she doesn't seem angry and bitter, and better yet, you can tell she absolutely LOVES her job, like, it's her total and utter passion. Some of the dudes in the primetime line-up seem to just be collecting checks, mostly.

    1. StillGoinGreen

      Thanks a gazillion! I didn't want to start my day listening to Mitten's gold plated Liar McLieLie pipes! Ya know, McCain/Palin may have won if all media was in print. Thank GOD and JESUS for teh TALKIES!!

      1. Geminisunmars

        I don't think so. Have you ever read a transcript of Palinspeak? It makes even less sense. Which, I know, doesn't seem possible.

        1. FeloniousMonk

          Just a little. Four years ago, I read a bit in the NYT about an interview in which she said "I'm not one to attribute all human activity to global warming". She got a fair amount of flak over this, but all about what she thought she was saying, not about the fact that she can't speak English.

    1. HouseOfTheBlueLights

      Sadly, those of us who are cable challenged cannot watch it without selling our souls to Coca Cola.

        1. HouseOfTheBlueLights

          Youtube has taken it down for copyright infringement, and to watch it on the legit site, you have to take “survey” that involves sharing your email with Coke. Which I might do, if I ws sharing it with coke.—

          1. viennawoods13

            Well that sucks. Here in Canada we have the Comedy network site which is remarkably crap-free

    2. gullywompr

      He shows my state of Virginia flipping back and forth from 49.9% to 50.1% over the last few days.

      My vote could literally decide this elections.

      I'll be accepting any enticements you Wonketeers want to offer….

      1. Geminisunmars

        Okay. Picture Rmoney sitting in the White House. Now picture Bamz. That should be enticement enough.
        (I was considering offering you a handjob, but figured getting a hj from a fat old hippy hippie wouldn't be much of an enticement.)

        1. HistoriCat

          from a fat old hippy hippie wouldn't be much of an enticement

          well now, let's not be too hasty here …

  7. FakaktaSouth

    I don't give a flying fuck what Mitt said last night that he thought was funny, the guy's whole campaign is a fucking joke, why stop now?

    (also, just on a personal note – ACK! Are you calling Jonathan Capehart, my unwitting stylist-boyfriend "other dude"??? I don't care what he says/waaahs over as long as he does it in a beautiful suit with an impeccable pocket square and matching silk tie. I want to live in his closet)

      1. FakaktaSouth

        I do, I just know I wouldn't be able to tell if Stu was looking at ME, or like, one eye over my shoulder – but yes, he is very dapper as well.

  8. commiegirl99

    Haha, I have updated with a link to Newsmax, which is paying us lovely muneez to get you to hate-click them. But it is only for a month, while they test how many of you hate-click. So please, hate-click away!

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      Before I do that, I must know if there is some way to take a cyber-dump over there. Also, are their trolls going to follow me back here?

    2. actor212

      And you call yourself a COMMIE?

      Sell out, man! Selling out for the bux??

      I loved how Newsmax, understanding the level of intellect and decrepitude their audience has achieved, has to explain jokes like "He didn't really build the House That Ruth Built"

    3. FakaktaSouth

      Is there a go fuck yourself link? I wanna make sure they REALLY know what I mean. I'm down with helping the cause, but if I'm gonna get dumbed down, I just wanna make sure they know I do it with malice.

    4. Goonemeritus

      So Newsmax is funding a leftwing site that has an unhealthy obsession with Buttsexx. How long can it be before Breitbart’s site indorses Obama?

    5. Nibbler of Niblonia

      oh baby you know i want you to get the moneys and all, you're brilliant and you deserve it, in spite of your lady parts which technically mean you're only worth 72% of the blogging income as normal male bloggers….

      but at what cost? i don't think my blood pressure can handle the hate clicking.

    6. An_Outhouse

      I clicked a link! You know that Obama documentary that is breaking box office records? You can own it for only $4.95. For Realz!

    7. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Some amusing, and revealing, links on the right side of the Newsmax page. Clearly they're following the Faux News wingnut echo chamber model.
      I'm beginning to understand why folks who read this crap for their "news" are constantly outraged when reality intrudes.


    Mitt Romney will extend Al Smith's secret Holland Tunnel to the Vatican all the way to Planet Kolob.

      1. Chet Kincaid_

        Why does everyone hate Jay Cutler!? He just doesn't want to hear any of your shit after throwing a pick, and goddamn it, he will throw this football right into your face if that linebacker beats you again!

  10. An_Outhouse

    I never heard of this event before. Who's stupid idea was it? I did like the Sesame St related comment.

    1. actor212

      The Al Smith Dinner is a traditional campaign stop. its been held every year since 1945, but every four years, both campaigns make a pilgrimmage to kiss the ass ring of the Archbishop/Cardinal of NYC.

      I was kind of hoping Obama would give it a miss this year, after the contraception flap, but it's a good thing he didn't

      You'll remember at least one joke fro the 2000 dinner: "This is an impressive crowd. The haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elite. I call you my base."

      1. FeloniousMonk

        I was hoping he'd give it a miss after Dolan strongarmed the Dems into inviting him to give them a scolding.

  11. prommie

    Isn't there some fancy-schmancy word for "shark-like?" Something beyond just rapacious, something malevolently excessive even for a vicious predator. I have heard that if wolves get in among the sheep they will sometimes kill dozens and just like eat the lips and testicles from each one, just wasteful wanton savagery. This fucking Mitt Romney, he is out to fuck the whole world, he really seems angry at the whole fucking world and wanting revenge on it. I can't figure why, some deep fucking resentful insecurity, either because he is a member of a self-pitying whacky cult, or because he needs to show his daddy he's as good. Something has him wanting revenge, though, thats the look on his face.

    1. FakaktaSouth

      What is it that preys on the wounded? Like a coyote or a jackal or something? I told you earlier I could not figure him out, but here's my latest theory – I think it's the power he has in his cult doesn't transfer over into real life, nobody really gives a rat's ass what he is in the stratosphere of hat-gazers, so it's like, a pain in his ass and makes it possible to go overboard with the vulture capitalism and despising half the population of the nation. I really do think that's it. His Mormonism made a guy that was otherwise rich and "classically" soap-opera smarmy handsome still not quite fit in, like even in the GOP…you know? And that is the hardest I have ever thought about that guy. Thanks for that.

      1. prommie

        Thats what I was thinking too, he knows, he fucking knows, that no matter how rich and succesful and powerfulhe is, when he leaves the room where the rest of the regular old GOP bohemian grove oligarchs are having their blood-of-the-innocnts cocktails, the minute he leaves, they all look at each other with that, "what the fucks with this mormon shit" look and he just fucking knows, they'll never ever ever really let him in the club. He's fucking butthurt about it bad, too.

        1. tessiee

          "when he leaves the room where the rest of the regular old GOP bohemian grove oligarchs are having their blood-of-the-innocnts cocktails, the minute he leaves, they all look at each other with that, "what the fucks with this mormon shit" look and he just fucking knows, they'll never ever ever really let him in the club."

          Like this, even though Mitt himself is about as white as it's possible to be:

          You're right; no matter how white he is, how rich he is, or how much he ass-kisses them, he'll never really be one of them, and he knows it, and it eats his guts out. That's why he always looks pissy, even when he's "smiling".

      2. FlownOver

        It's also convenient for him that he's so committed to a religion that's willing to abandon inconvenient tenets without so much as a look back. Good training for his political trajectory.

      3. Negropolis


        At the end of the day, he's still Mormon. Everybody knows it, but no one would ever say anything. So, he's going to take that out on everybody by proving he's the biggest, baddest dick in America. In a better world, he'd have just become some eccentric billionaire. In 2012 America, it leads this type of man to run for President of the United States.

        We are being punished because he can't silent his demons and come to peace with himself. Fuck him.

    2. eggsacklywright

      Maybe sadistic-rapacious, takes pleasure inflicting pain. And I'm going with daddy-problems, like Shrub.

    3. Lot_49

      Were any previous candidates or presidents driven by daddy issues? Let's think…

      Chimpy, JFK, FDR, John Quincy Adams…

      That's just a start. Of course they retired the trophy after GWB. And what was the title of Barry's book?

      1. BerkeleyBear

        GW (absentee father died in disgrace), Andy Jackson (never knew his father ala Obama), Abe Lincoln (father was remote, Abe morose), Andrew Johnson (abusive family/apprenticeship), Teddy Roosevelt (dad died while he was in college and screwed family over financially), Bill Clinton (bio dad dead, step-dad a hell-raiser). If you had a truly awesome relationship with your parents and felt supported and nurtured but not spoiled or isolated in any way, why would you ever run for President?

        1. faster_kittycat

          Perhaps the ultimate way to say, "Fuck you, Dad, I made it despite your abuse/abandonment/etc," is to be elected president. Also, too, can we add Walnuts to your excellent list?

          1. BerkeleyBear

            But he didn't win.

            Seriously, his family is dysfunctional in a classic American way – the whole multi generational officer corps discipline uber alles bullshit. Interestingly, one of his own kids regressed to the mean so much they couldn't even get him a commission – he served as a jarhead grunt in the sandbox. But his half-brother went to Annapolis, carrying on the family line.

  12. AngryBlakGuy

    …the programmers at Microsoft must have spent the last 4 years writing software codes to re-program Mitt-Bot with a sense of humor.

    1. BerkeleyBear

      He got knocked for not campaigning enough – now you know why he didn't. It's one thing to spend 14 hours in an office focused only on what interests you, quite another to spend that same time traveling and talking and being jerked in 8 different directions at once all the while trying to act like you actually give a shit about the sort of people your entire life has been dedicated to avoiding.

      I'm doubting he'll be able to pull off the sort of 5 day, 15 state final push most candidates do – and it will cost him in media and turnout.

    2. lulzmonger


      Convention bump? Take the next day off.
      Veep announcement buzz? Take the next day off.
      1st Debate Bump? Take the next day off.

      He's not going to have that luxury in the final two weeks – & I suspect it'll lead to another McCain "My fellow prisoners …" moment. Stay tuned for FUN!

  13. magic_titty

    Mittens was kinda funny, I can't lie. Lawrence O'Donnell was kinda being a bitchass about it all, which is weird because I generally don't notice anything he ever says.

  14. BadKitty904

    "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

    ~ C. S. Lewis

  15. Jus_Wonderin

    I could only get through 7 minutes of Romney stand-up. In fairness, I could only get through 9:32 of the President's.

  16. Limeylizzie

    Lawrence clearly has a certain something for the ladies, because he was dating Kerry Washington , at one point, married to Kathryn Harrold, IMDB her if you don't know who she is, and well… so I'll have what Tamron Hall is having.

  17. HouseOfTheBlueLights

    WHAT ABOUT THE WIVES? Were they wearing the same dress? This is all anyone wants to know.

  18. MozakiBlocks

    "I've heard some people say, Barack, you're not as young as you used to be, where's that golden smile? Where that pep in your step and I say, settle down Joe, I'm trying to run a cabinet meeting."


    I do love it when Barry cracks up at his own jokes. He's just cute as a dickens.

  19. Joey_Blau

    Obama has a lot of self depreciating humor. he does that a lot. Romney was all on the attack..

    I thought his "brought to you by the letter O and the number 16 trillion" was a low shot. why is it that republicans think Obama created the entire national debt?

    1. faster_kittycat

      They know PBHO didn't create the entire debt; it's just not in their best interests to be honest about it. Or maybe I'm giving the fuckers too much credit. Given Mitt's Libya moment during the debate, perhaps he does believe the lies about the debt.

      1. Generation[redacted]

        Yeah, but since Barry took office, it's all "new spending."

        If he had just canceled all checks, frozen all the bank accounts and laid off all federal workers including the military, the deficit would only be 12 trillion right now.

  20. Redgyal

    Don't know what this dinner is…never heard of it before. And I am Catholic. It kind of looks like an overly politicized event disguised as a fundraiser for a charity. Either way, I am impressed to see that the Catholic Church still has the type of influence on people's lives and opinions that would make two non-Catholics attend one of their events to pander to them. Especially when one of the two belongs to a religion that actively tries to convert Catholics to their brand of Christianity…a brand of Christianity that it officially considers wrong. It also impresses me that the Church would be willing to overlook that simply for support in opposing certain social issues. It makes me wonder what the Church really values and what their true goals are. But yes, Rebecca, that Romney guy had someone write a few nice jokes for him. That is a very good indication of his ability to read.

    On another note, Africa has the fastest growing Catholic population in the world. This is good news for Mitt Ronmey.

  21. Biel_ze_Bubba

    "After my foreign trip in 2008, I was attacked as a celebrity because I was so popular with our allies overseas. And I have to say I'm impressed with how well Governor Romney has avoided that problem."

    I LOLed.

  22. gullywompr

    Now, when you say "Krystal Ball, we like you", you're not including me, I hope, 'cause I'm not her biggest fan. If you're going to dress hubby up as a reindeer on a leash with a dildo nose, and run for office in my state, and hand the seat to a Republican because of the photos of you and hubby dressed up as a reindeer on a leash with a dildo nose, I'm going to be take your political analysis with a grain of salt.

  23. Tequila Mockingbird


    There is a human woman on the teevee named KRYSTAL?? BALL?? who is NOT wearing clear stripper platforms?!

    1. DoggerelCDogg

      Yes, Tequila, Mr. and Mrs. Ball thought they were being clever in naming their daughter Krystal. She is highly intelligent, personable, educated, and probably should have changed her name to something like Lucille for professional purposes, but she didn't. Please don't let it upset you too much, Tequila.

    2. HistoriCat

      Surely you remember her last mention in Wonkette! If not, see her name in the Tagged section. Good times.

  24. DoggerelCDogg

    Lawrence O'Donnell is my favorite TV commentator — pointed, intelligent and the best person in the room to flatten a Republican liar. His comment only referred to the relative nastness of Obama vs Romney at the event. He wasn't whining, he was reporting the facts. Obama made three mild jokes, Romney made eight nasty jokes. I think that's worth commenting upon.

  25. Gleem McShineys

    Lawrence O'Donnell may be having a rash in his Olbermann diapers over this, but that doesn't erase the fact that Mitt was kind of being a dickhole.

    Which is totally in character for a dickhole. The wingers are proud of him, because here's another example of him actually sticking by his earlier position (of being a dickhole).

  26. MittBorg

    Romney was surprisingly good. But snippy and mean. Barack, on the other hand, is a star. He was very careful to keep from sniping at Romney and showed me once again why I put my cynicism aside to support him.

  27. ttommyunger

    Lawrence O’Donnell would be a lot easier to tolerate if he would just lose that "I know something you don't know" smirk for a fucking minute or two, just once.

    1. Negropolis

      I particularly like it when he tells his viewers how stupid they are for believing something that is verifiably true, but that he has a problem with.

  28. moseyon

    Well all I can say belatedly is, that President Obama bow tie sat better than Willard's.
    I can't stand Willard, so I have to agree with Lawrence.

  29. Negropolis

    Romney did well, but what I noticed very early on when Obama started was that the audience was VERY CLEARLY on Romney's side. Even some of Willards lesser jokes killed with the audience when they shouldn't have.

    That said, he was taking a lot of lowblows. The one where I particularly cringed was when he made a joke about his loving wife, and then paired Obama up with Bill Clinton. It was a bitchy move on his part to diss Michelle like that, even as a joke.

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