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Lawrence O'Donnell Delivers Epic Rant Challenging Tagg Romney to a Fight, 'Anytime, Anywhere': VIDEO


Lawrence O'Donnell delivered a blistering rewrite last night culminating in a challenge to Tagg Romney over his remarks that he wanted to "take a swing" at Obama during the presidential debate.

"So. You wanna take a swing at someone for calling your old man a liar? Take a swing at me. Come on. Come on. And don't worry. There won't be any Secret Service involved. Just us. And I'll make it easy. I'll come to you. Anytime, anywhere. Go ahead Taggart. Take your best shot."

The rant also hit Ann Romney for suggesting Mormon missions were an appropriate alternative to military service, Mitt's support for the Vietnam war and the draft, and his avoidance of the draft, the family's polygamous ancestry, and Mitt's suggestion that his sons were serving their country by helping him get elected in 2008.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Love it, love it, love it!!

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 19, 2012 8:54:15 AM

  2. 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.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 19, 2012 9:02:09 AM

  3. sorry, couldn't get past the Ann Romney clips...

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Oct 19, 2012 9:05:03 AM

  4. If R'moneys sons are violent enough to take a swing at the POTUS, then they are not pacifist enough to avoid military service. Shame.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Oct 19, 2012 9:34:57 AM

  5. Tagg will excuse himself again because he is going on another "mission".

    Posted by: simon | Oct 19, 2012 9:46:25 AM

  6. 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

    Posted by: mason | Oct 19, 2012 10:08:44 AM

  7. Love Lawrence! He's so funny! Sexy too!

    Posted by: Jim | Oct 19, 2012 10:15:20 AM

  8. 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.

    Posted by: mikenola | Oct 19, 2012 10:16:39 AM

  9. 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.

    Posted by: revchicoucc | Oct 19, 2012 10:17:21 AM

  10. Tagg...Tripp... Why do Republicans give their kids names that make them sound like rejects from the Bowery Boys?

    Posted by: jomicur | Oct 19, 2012 10:24:02 AM

  11. 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.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Oct 19, 2012 10:28:54 AM

  12. Good points... but the more I watch Lawrence, the more I miss Keith.

    Posted by: 99% | Oct 19, 2012 10:28:57 AM

  13. Mitt's binders have sections labelled in red "sharp tongued".

    Posted by: simon | Oct 19, 2012 10:51:30 AM

  14. 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.

    Posted by: Rob | Oct 19, 2012 10:53:49 AM

  15. Crazy Larry can't even handle Greta vanSusteren who whips his ass every night. After Obama loses, "NBC News" is so going to sweep house of the loons.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Oct 19, 2012 11:02:18 AM

  16. http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/
    Romney's poll numbers dropped again.
    His current chance of winning is only 29.6%.
    The GOP has again put their money on a dark horse.

    Posted by: simon | Oct 19, 2012 11:17:50 AM

  17. ** 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 ! ! ! ! http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/10/17/new-revelation-at-47-dinner-romney-was-hoping-for-something-like-iran-hostage-video/ Why was he SMILING when it did happen in September ! http://calconservatives.com/romney-obama-yet-to-level-with-the-american-people-about-libyan-attack/

    Posted by: Charles | Oct 19, 2012 11:37:38 AM

  18. 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 ? ! http://skydancingblog.com/2012/08/14/afternoon-open-thread-did-mitt-romney-lie-about-his-1968-car-crash/

    Posted by: Charles | Oct 19, 2012 11:38:35 AM

  19. 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!

    Posted by: RWG | Oct 19, 2012 11:45:18 AM

  20. 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.

    Posted by: Jack | Oct 19, 2012 11:52:10 AM

  21. 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.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 19, 2012 11:58:48 AM

  22. @Littehairyfruit:

    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.

    Posted by: Jack | Oct 19, 2012 12:04:24 PM

  23. 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.

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 19, 2012 12:18:07 PM

  24. 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.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 19, 2012 12:28:51 PM

  25. This is fairly unprofessional, but that's today's TV news "anchor" world. Jerry Springer news, Morton Downey Jr. anchors.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 19, 2012 12:35:16 PM

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