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Lawrence O'Donnell Asks Anthony Weiner 'What is Wrong With You?' - VIDEO


Lawrence O'Donnell conducted a bizarre interview with NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner last night which began with "one basic question."

"What is wrong with you?"

What did O'Donnell mean by that?

"What I find strange about your campaign is what seems to be your absolute desperate need for elective office and what seems to be your inability to live outside of it?"

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  1. What a jerk. And for once, I don't mean Anthony Weiner.

    Posted by: Robbie | Sep 10, 2013 9:49:01 AM

  2. Saw this on the tv this morning. Weiner could not have come off any more unready for the position he is seeking in this interview.

    Posted by: Tom | Sep 10, 2013 9:49:56 AM

  3. Hmmm. Yes maybe that is a valid question but then shouldn't it be asked of all politicians?? O'Donnell comes across as being a bit of moron

    Posted by: Nick Name | Sep 10, 2013 10:02:25 AM

  4. O'Donnell just proved himself a total jack-ass. This isn't news, and Weiner's spot on.

    Posted by: Brad | Sep 10, 2013 10:21:56 AM

  5. Perhaps a far better question would be to ask if there is ANYTHING at all RIGHT with Anthony Weiner? A preponderance of the evidence would suggest that there is not!

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 10, 2013 10:24:28 AM

  6. Good question. I hope he realises he need professional help.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Sep 10, 2013 10:38:26 AM

  7. "What is wrong with you?" Weiner is finally at a loss for words. He used to be an effective politician. Now he's not. Go away Weiner.

    Posted by: Gigi | Sep 10, 2013 10:48:13 AM

  8. I like O'Donnell. Clearly, tho, he despises this guest and that got in the way of this 'interview.' Sounds like two kids saying 'Yes, you are!", "No, I'm not!" over and over. As the host, if he couldn't focus beyond the hate, he should have passed the interview to a member of the staff.

    Posted by: Christopher | Sep 10, 2013 10:52:22 AM

  9. on the floor of congress, anthony weiner was great at laying into republicans. that's what stands out about him for me. i liked having a scrappy dog on our side on many issues.

    Posted by: woody | Sep 10, 2013 10:58:00 AM

  10. Watched the second clip. They were both pretty jerky.

    Posted by: Gigi | Sep 10, 2013 10:59:57 AM

  11. O'Donnell vs. Weiner. It's like choosing between a poke in the eye or a punch in the groin. They deserve each other.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Sep 10, 2013 11:01:31 AM

  12. I'm an O'Donnell & LAST WORD fan, but he blew the interview last night. He brow-beat the guest and made him look like a victim.

    If Lawrence wanted to whack the Weiner, calm, methodical questions would have stripped the candidate naked.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Sep 10, 2013 11:05:06 AM

  13. he could easily ask the same question of sarah palin, marion barry, christine o'donnell, mark sanford and probably many others whose names escape me at the moment. but... both barry and sanford got back into public office.
    i think the reason weiner won't is that NYC is less forgiving than the christians republicans who put sanford in congress and the african-americans who reelected barry as dc mayor. both of those guys played to their constituents, sanford crying repentance and barry crying persecution. neither argument flies in nyc, the population is too diverse and generally skeptical.

    Posted by: woody | Sep 10, 2013 11:07:07 AM

  14. I caught the tail end of this last night and couldn't believe what I was watching. I usually love O'Donnell, but this interview was just completely unprofessional. I actually felt really bad for Weiner.

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Sep 10, 2013 11:21:28 AM

  15. He asked a fair question. It does seem odd that Weiner thinks he will be the next mayor. He's living in a fantasy world.

    Posted by: Luyten | Sep 10, 2013 11:25:21 AM

  16. Wow, he actually managed to make Weiner look fairly compelling. That's hard to do.

    Posted by: Joe in Ct | Sep 10, 2013 11:32:54 AM

  17. The answer should have been: "Quite frankly, Mr. O'Donnell, it's none of your goddam business."

    Posted by: Jamal49 | Sep 10, 2013 11:33:50 AM

  18. Oh goody. More American Puritanism. We hadn't seen it for ten whole minutes.
    Maybe the Weiner should have Lawrence why he prefers distractions to of policy. And is that the reason Americans are so ignorant of their policy options.

    Posted by: Wilberforce | Sep 10, 2013 12:02:03 PM

  19. That is embarrassing, and not for Weiner. I'm so glad I've never wasted my time with the Last Word, or O'Donnell.

    Posted by: Louis | Sep 10, 2013 12:07:33 PM

  20. That is embarrassing, and not for Weiner. I'm so glad I've never wasted my time with the Last Word, or O'Donnell.

    Posted by: Louis | Sep 10, 2013 12:07:51 PM

  21. yup O'Donnell blew it. the goal is to not be a bully.

    Posted by: Bellah | Sep 10, 2013 12:11:37 PM

  22. The left always bullies the left but never bullies the right.

    The right always bullies the left but never bullies the right.

    What's up with this?? Is it no wonder capitalism is growing and progression is decaying?

    Posted by: Rowan | Sep 10, 2013 12:53:04 PM

  23. Lawrence ended up looking like an ahole. He purposefully went into this interview to create a buzzworthy GOTCHA moment and it ended up backfiring in a big way. Anthony actually came out of this looking good... and let's face it, that's hard to do.

    Posted by: WHATWHAT | Sep 10, 2013 1:00:33 PM

  24. You'd have to be a complete dumbass to think that Weiner is fit for public office. LO'D isn't a model of professionalism either, though.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 10, 2013 2:03:29 PM

  25. Anthony Weiner handled this the way he's handled any opponents when he was in Congress. He called them out for being ridiculous. I have never been an O'Donnell fan because of his inability to divorce reason and logic from emotion as a reporter. But this takes the cake. MSNBC should be embarrassed.

    Asking Anthony Weiner why he feels like he has to be in public office is an absurd question. Why not ask anyone else in public office that, including most of Congress, the President, and the other candidates for Mayor of New York. Every politician to some degree has to be a bit of a narcissist. This belief is only further reinforced when they are elected to do the job.

    This was stupid. It was absurd. And if O'Donnell thinks it is good TV or interesting in the slightest, he is very sadly mistaken. And about a month too late for anyone to give a damn.

    Posted by: Rachel | Sep 10, 2013 2:24:59 PM

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