In fact, we’ve long hoped he’d replace the fatuous Mr. Matthews, but instead, he’s got the 10 o’clock hour, a new position, the hosting of which has been subject to a year of stiff competition with such as Eliot Spitzer, and Alison Stewart. Launch date has not been announced.Larry, (we always call him Larry) doesn’t mind calling himself a “practical European socialist.” He's known for confrontations like In October 2004, on MSNBC's Scarborough Country, O’Donnell shouted “liar” over and over again at GOP paid Swift Boat liar and spokesman John O’Neill. We love the hell out of that stuff, but Politico reporter Keach Hagey writes, “ … the real key to understanding his politics … was his time working for Sen. Daniel Patrick Moyhihan, the eclectic academic aide to Richard Nixon, and iconoclastic Democrat from New York.” He was the chief of staff for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. He left after the Republican surge of 1994.
Better known as a producer and writer on NBC's long-running The West Wing, O’Donnell’s also served on several political staffs, has been a frequent panelist on PBS’ The McLaughlin Group. He’s had a small role on HBO’s dramatic series, Big Love about a suburban, middle class, but polygamous Mormon family.
We welcome more political experience and brainpower to progressive media. Rachel Maddow emerged from talk radio and has shortly become an important voice, her smart interviews and POVs frequently break into the mainstream media. (Her clips are rerun on Fox more than anyone in media with the exception of Anna Nicole Smith whom they also categorize as a "prominent liberal voice").
Olbermann is funny, and entertaining for us irony-mongering libs, but the marketplace always needs more meat and with Larry (we always call him Larry) we’ve been given a big hunk of prime sirloin.
(Before the repetitive right-wing doo-dads who comment on this blog jump on their gloatation devices to gleefully shout once again that that Fox News ratings dwarf MSNBC’s, let us acknowledge that but point out that FNC's ratings success has been to right-wing talk radio’s ratings detriment. And oh yeah, MSNBC, and CNN (probably to their own detriment) haven’t resorted to FNC’s meatless tabloid approach which is replete with tits and ass, celebrity slobbering, apocalyptic fear-mongering, and edgy, but veiled racism).