1. jamal49 says

    Towleroad does Lawrence O’Donnell a disservice by calling his brilliant, scathing, coherent, laser-beam precise take-down of Mitt Romney and his wimpy-ass sons a “rant”.

    That was no rant. Get your act together, Andy, and do something about your misleading headlines.

  2. mason says

    okay just because i’m feeling feisty…rant can also mean to scold vehemently. so it was kind of a rant. not that you aren’t spot on with your assessment of the coherent nature, and precision, with which it was delivered

  3. mikenola says

    love it.. about time that the rest of the world begins to recognize that for Mitt, Military service is someone elses problem. That their kids are good for cannon fodder, but his are supposed to be safe.

    Lawrence and a couple of others have been saying this, now it’s time that the media and the rest of the public pay attention.

  4. revchicoucc says

    Mrs. Romney’s emphasis on her sons LDS missions can only be understood in the context of the LDS church.

    Serving a mission is not just a volunteer opportunity. It is a duty of every Mormon man and it is a life-shaping experience for them. Every Mormon man I know, regardless of their age, speaks of their mission in the same way veterans speak of their time in the military.

    I am neither a Mormon or a veteran and, frankly, I cannot relate to either experience very well.

  5. Fenrox says

    yeah, no rant here. If anything it’s a pretty insensitive piece to Mormons. Hey Lawrence, you don’t need to add any implications or take anything the Romney’s say out of context, the things they do say are plenty bombastic.

  6. Rob says

    Yes, that was good & fun to watch Taggart being called out. However, I’m still concerned that this is being treated in such a low-key way. We know that a Romney boy is not going to attack the president – but what Taggart said makes it seem like an idea that a person with less impulse control and judgement could decide would be the thing to do.

    We aren’t that far from when Sarah Palin put Gabby Giffords in a target. We knew that Sarah (even Sarah) wasn’t going to take a shot at Rep. Giffords – but golly somebody did.

    That remark should never have been made, Romney should denouce it, and Tag should turn himself into the Secret Service for interviews (even it they’re only for show). Inflammatory words have power, unfortunately that power is most expressed by the unstable and quick to violence.

  7. Charles says

    ** CAUGHT ON VIDEO ** In that infamous May fundraiser, Romney was asked by a wealthy supporter if the American hostages in Iran situation (late ’80’s) could be duplicated. Romney does not answer ” Shocking ! ” Romney does NOT say that such a thing would be against American interests. ROMNEY REPLIES THAT IT WOULD BE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. Romney’s expressed willingness to see Americans killed, kidnapped or put in harm’s way speaks to a COMPLETE LACK OF MORAL FIBER and a COMPLETE LACK OF RESPECT FOR HIS FELLOW AMERICANS ! ! ! ! Why was he SMILING when it did happen in September !

  8. Charles says

    Romney excuses his draft-dodging the entire Vietnam War on a very much ALLEGED Mormon Mission in FRANCE. Romney just keeps telling one “WHOPPER of a LIE” after another. Mitt Romney says he was on a “Mormon Mission” ? Keep in mind that the Mormon faith prohibits drinking. EXPLAIN how he was DRUNK and involved in a fatal car crash in France ? !

  9. RWG says

    I stood up and cheered when I saw Lawrence O’Donnell do this on the Rewrite last night. His slipping back into his old South Boston accent, the speech patterns of his youth, which he spent many years and much effort to lose, was the most delightful cut of all. You could see he really meant it! Just great!

  10. Jack says

    It’s really amazing how people can rip on people like Limbaugh and O’Reilly for being uncivil and inflammatory, and then at the same time praise O’Donnell out of the other side of their mouths.

    I suppose righteous indignation is only convenient when you disagree with the person, huh?

    O’Donnell is the left’s Limbaugh. They are both equally disgusting individuals. I’ll take O’Donnell’s invitation to take a swing at him any day.

  11. says

    Tagg’s comment was a shameful and embarrassing example of the bullying culture of wealthy white privilege.

    Of course he just felt “it was a joke” – rich white conservative boy with no concept of what life is like for those that aint, just crackin’ a joke about violence directed at a black man. It likely elicited guffaws from the country club set.

    Hey Tagg, which of you Romney boys is gay? None? Don’t think so, sugar. But keep up that lie.

    And “Jack” – invest in some online courses on Intellectual Discernment and Nuance – you’ve missed the boat, yet again.

    this was an absolute call-out to what, had it been a black relative of Obama commenting on taking a swing at Romney, would have been an international scandal. , Like, a HUUUUUGE one.

  12. Jack says


    The only person who has missed the boat is you. What on earth does race have to do with anything? This isn’t about a white person taking a swing at a black person or vice-versa. It has to do with how Taggart felt in response to Obama calling Mitt a liar.

    Zero to do with race, except in the fantasyland that is your brain.

  13. Caliban says

    IMO it’s a shame that religion has become such a “third rail” in American politics that on one dares to address it. Well, no one addresses religion UNLESS it’s about President Obama’s supposed crypto-Muslim faith, that is. Everyone else’s religion is off limits.

    Mormons are perhaps the most aggressive religion when it comes to proselytizing, with “missions” for all young men being all but compulsory. Essentially they send young men all over the world to get people to CHOOSE their religion, then impose their chosen religious values on others, such as gays.

    They actively “convert” people to their faith after death. Yeah, you can say that it doesn’t really effect that person one way or the other, but it shows MASSIVE disrespect to those people and their own life choices. Ann Romney’s father was opposed to the Mormon religion for his entire life but he was “converted” after death anyway, in direct opposition to his stated beliefs. People who died in Concentration Camps BECAUSE they were Jews were “converted” after death even though the means and manner of their murder was directly related to their religious faith.

    And Mormonism is only tangentially a Christian faith. It can be argued that it isn’t a Christian faith at all, but is that being discussed at all? No, but the fantasy that Barack Obama is secretly Muslim sure does!

    The Book Of Mormon is a SEQUEL to the Christian bible written by Joseph Smith, a convicted con-man. Jesus is IN the BOM, but the entire cosmology is changed and later writings change it even further, bringing in other planets, a familial relationship between Jesus and Lucifer, etc. Once you change the story SO MUCH it cannot accurately be said to be the SAME story- it’s becomes something ELSE, ergo Mormonism and Christianity are two different things but nobody is willing to SAY that.

    And if you don’t think it’s the goal of the Mormon church to use the election of Mitt Romney as a means of ushering Mormonism, its political/religious goals, AND it’s aggressive proselytizing into the American mainsteam, think again. But no one is willing to say, “Hey wait a minute, we need to take a look at this” because unless it’s about Obama questioning religious beliefs is off limits.

  14. says

    Except Mitt was lying. And Tagg’s cavalier comment wasn’t “a son responding to how his father was being called out, justifiably, for lying in debate” but how a rich white privileged boy feels he can comment about taking a swing at the president, because this president happens to be black.

    and everyone with a functioning brain, that lives in the real world, can see this.

    had the President been white, there’d have been no “take a swing” comment. the romney bigots simply don’t respect “the help”. they’re a heinous family.

  15. Jack says


    What basis do you have for believing that Tagg’s comments were motivated by Obama’s race, other than “I just KNOW it’s right?”

    Thought so… He’s racist and it’s about race because you want to believe it is, not based on any observable facts. You’re a race-baiter.

  16. Jack says


    What basis do you have for believing that Tagg’s comments were motivated by Obama’s race, other than “I just KNOW it’s right?”

    Thought so… He’s racist and it’s about race because you want to believe it is, not based on any observable facts. You’re a race-baiter.

  17. Jack says


    What basis do you have for believing that Tagg’s comments were motivated by Obama’s race, other than “I just KNOW it’s right?”

    Thought so… He’s racist and it’s about race because you want to believe it is, not based on any observable facts. You’re a race-baiter.

  18. Jack says


    Your reality consists of your conjecture. Give me any evidence whatsoever. You clearly have none, and you just want to believe it’s something about Obama being black.

    I live in the real world, where one has to back up their statements instead of just saying “It’s true because I know it to be so.” It’s you who needs to join reality.

  19. Palmer says


    Sorry, but the Iran hostage crisis took place from Nov. 4, 1979 to Jan.20, 1981. NOT in the late 80s!

    Many of us at the time felt that right-wingers helped delay the rescue of the hostages in order to sabotage Jimmy Carter’s reelection bid.

    And what did we get? Ronald Reagan, the man who said the U.S. had to stop manufacturing goods and go to a “service” economy!

  20. Gabe R L says

    That was really stupid, as are most of the comments here.

    And since when is it okay to say that a man is gay because you do not like them or their family or their political views? Don’t schoolyard bullies say that boys they don’t like are gay just because they don’t like them? Gay men being homophobic like that isn’t any different.

  21. Wilberforce1 says

    The Romneys are low class rubes from the word go. This disrespect of the Presidency is just the latest example. Many people think that money buys class. It doesn’t.

  22. Geoff says

    There is nothing likeable in a Romnoid. Nothing – not even in any one of them. Soon they will just be an ugly stain on American history, however. Yay!!!

  23. says

    @ Little Kiwi :
    You’re absolutely 100% correct….this piece of rich trash thinks his superiority is beyond challenge……and he has grown without paying any respect to anyone else outside his white rich class or even his country.

    He should have learned some of French history when he was over there, especially 1789 and Place de la Revolution and what happens to bloated self important pompous a$$e$ like him, Tagggggg.

  24. says

    Tag baby is a punk, pure and simple. I wonder what he’d feel like if a gay man kicked his worthless ass. I’ll make the same offer that Lawrence made. Any time, any place you little punk. Oh, I don’t have any Secret Service protection either.

  25. BETTY says

    @LAMESTREAM – “anti-American”? Give us a break! Why is it whenever you guys get called out on your stupidity it’s “anti this”, “anti that”? Quit acting like a whiny brat. Take personal responsibility for your actions, isn’t that what the GOP preaches….for everyone else.

    And “lamestream”, how original!

  26. usmc1775 says

    I find it interesting that this guy wants to call out Romney for not serving but he didn’t serve himself. Boy, Harvard really knows how to put honor into their young men and women. As for the liberals that want to comment on this site you should educate yourselves before blindly believing everything you hear form the liberal media. I did serve, I do have honor, and I am a christian and I will still vote for Romney before I would vote for Obama.

  27. Big Mouth Cowboy says

    You, our twisted little liberal mouthpiece, the one who vomits pus from his pie hole, are nothing more than a gigantic, pile of dung and an assbag such as the world has never seen. Filthy, vile, crass, and probably hairless, you make me puke. Please, let our paths cross one day. Please.

  28. Dan says

    Does not sound like Lawrence has ever served in the military… shame on him then for using such an argument… I served in the Army during the Vietnam war, my father served in the Navy during WWII, and my son served in Iraq… so that civilians would have the choice to serve or not… and not all presidents served in the military… Romney had LEGAL deferments whereas draft dodgers were ILLEGAL… those who served honorably would never denigrate those who have chosen not to serve in the military…

  29. Da Hawk says

    I know no one watches this tough guys show, does he need ratings that bad? Him and his pipe cleaner arms better go back and sit down before he gets hurt. I suggest a warm up match with His sidekick Rachial

  30. Allison says

    I can’t fathom it. The ignorance and indignation of these posts. It literally disgusts me to see how blatantly and naively people follow the childish tantrums of someone who abuses their power of televangelist influence. Are you that completely dependent on someone else’s opinions because you’re incapable of forming your own? This ‘man’ has never been involved in a war either, but why look into that when you have someone who’s ‘tough’? Please. Tagg answered a question truthfully, just as I’M SURE most of us would, and he’s crucified. Lawrence acted like an immature frat boy, and is praised. No wonder our country’s screwed. Four more years of the same ignorant sheep won’t make a difference. Have fun holding your breaths for your ‘change’. I’ll keep working towards paying off my student loans….

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