Hat tip to Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters.org for this story. Here’s the video of the ‘Morning Joe’ segment via Andrew Breitbart’s Youtube channel.
Glenn, unlike you, I am not a progressive. I am not a liberal who is so afraid of the word that I had to change my name to progressive. Liberals amuse me. I am a socialist. I live to the extreme left, the extreme left of you mere liberals, okay?
There’s the quote everyone’s so focused on, Lawrence O’Donnell admits that he is a socialist, but seriously, didn’t everyone already know this? What caught my attention was what he said his admission of the obvious.
…However, I know this about my country. Liberals are 20 percent of the electorate. Conservatives are 41 percent of the electorate, okay? So I don’t pretend that my views, which would ban all guns in America, make Medicare available to all in America, have any chance of happening in the federal government, okay? You can sit there and pretend that liberals should run more liberal in conservative districts. You love the loss of the Blue Dogs. The only way, the only way you have a chairman Barney Frank, there’s only one way, that’s by electing Blue Dogs. It’s the only way. That’s the only way you have a Speaker Pelosi.
A recent poll from Gallup puts states that 42% of Americans consider themselves conservative. Regardless of the poll, the point remains, conservatives far outnumber liberals, and thus Democrats cannot win without moderate and fairly conservative candidates. O’Donnell is right and Salon’s Glenn Greenwald is wrong. Matter of fact, Greenwald is in denial about what Tuesday’s election shows. “Blue Dog Democrats” weren’t voted out because they were conservative, not at all. As Hot Air’s Allahpundit pointed out in a post yesterday, just because some of them didn’t vote for ObamaCare, doesn’t mean they wouldn’t vote for an amnesty bill, cap-and-trade, or any other piece of liberal legislation. While they might have been unlikely votes, voters knew that a Republican candidate was a guaranteed vote against Obama’s agenda.
Citing liberal Democrat victories in liberal dominated districts doesn’t mean anything when the party itself took a beating at the polls. Lawrence O’Donnell’s admission shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but his acceptance of the election results as a rejection of Obama’s left-wing agenda should. This is an unusual display of mental clarity and honesty from the MSNBC political pundit, one he should be applauded for.