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MSNBC’s O’Donnell Calls Catholic Bishop a “Political Hack”

Posted on November 24 2009 3:00 am
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Leave it to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. Earlier this year he was fanning his tail feathers, for all to see and admire, while he berated on live TV a young mother  who dared to confront Sen. Arlen Specter (D R D-Penn) at a health care town hall over the summer. This time, Crazy Larry – an elitist bully and superlative blowhard - has jumped headfirst into a battle against a Catholic Bishop – the resulting head trauma again evident in his analysis. 

Kennedy’s Communion Brouhaha

In 2007, young Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) received a letter from Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin of Rhode Island in which the bishop requested that Kennedy not take communion because of Kennedy’s well-known, steadfast position on abortion.

It was a request from a religious leader to a congregant based on a critical issue of the Catholic faith. Most devoted Catholics probably wouldn’t want the reception of such a request made public, but Kennedy has practically made it a campaign issue for his re-election – debasing the Catholic Church to appeal to his liberal base.

There have been literally thousands of news stories covering this ongoing feud – a Democrat in Washington taking repeated shots at a Catholic bishop because he feels jilted, and because he sees votes. Of all the unsavory acts committed under the Kennedy name, Patrick may just bring their self-serving behavior to a new low.

But Crazy Larry stayed true to form on Monday’s Morning Joe, took the side of the young hothead Kennedy and launched his own attack on the same bishop.

“This is a political act by a political bishop… Political bishops do the church absolutely no good. This guy’s—this bishop is a political hack.”

— Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC

If the Bishop’s a Hack, What is Kennedy?

Patrick Kennedy certainly doesn’t lack any of that inbred Kennedy sense of entitlement. But he is proving to be the most unmotivated and unaccomplished of the Kennedy politicos thus far - treating Congress as an extension of his college fraternity house.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of his transgressions. Who has that kind of time?

  • Involved in the cover-up of an alleged rape in 1991
  • Assaulted a female security guard at LAX in 2000
  • Confronted by the U.S. Coast Guard on his yacht in 2000 in response to complaints about a heated argument between him and his girlfriend
  • In 2003, overheard saying, “I’ve never worked a f*&ing day in my life” (**SHOCK**)
  • Held on to $6,600 in donations from Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu, who was later convicted of violating federal campaign finance laws and defrauding investors
  • Last, but not least – in May 2006, high on prescriptions drugs, he crashed his Mustang convertible into a barricade on Capitol Hill at 2:45 a.m., frantic that he was late for a vote (a vote which had taken place several hours before)

Not a First for the Catholic Church

According to the Washington Post/Newsweek blog “Under God”:

“In 2003, Democratic Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin, a Catholic, was told not to take Communion by Bishop Raymond Burke. After he became archbishop of St. Louis, Burke said famously that if then-presidential candidate John Kerry came to his Mass he would tell him not to take Communion.

“Others who have been excluded? Former California Gov. Gray Davis, former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey, and Obama’s Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.”

The American public at large knew little to nothing about these previous exclusions of prominent politicians from the Catholic ritual – until Kennedy started whining. If he hadn’t gone public with his non-issue against the Catholic Church, chances are good we wouldn’t be talking about this now.

It’s astounding that the state of Rhode Island elected this man – and proceeded to re-elect him SEVEN times. And it’s equally astounding that Lawrence O’Donnell gets paid to share his opinion on a national stage. The degree of ignorance conveyed in O’Donnell’s summation of the ordeal showcases an increasingly prevalent bipolar disconnect between reality and liberal folly.


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