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Lawrence O’Donnell: My MSNBC Guests Are Less Politically Astute Than I Am

It’s tough being Lawrence O’Donnell—what with knowing more about politics than many of his guests.

Interviewed on Mr. Media, the host of MSNBC’s new political-commentary show, The Last Word—who previously served as a guest host on Countdown with Keith Olbermann—‘fesses up a long-simmering frustration.

“Frequently—because I worked in politics, because I worked in government—in the past, as a host, I’ve been sitting there knowing more than my guest, and I am being forced to ask a question of someone who knows less than I do,” Lawrence, who formerly served as staff director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and legislative aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, tells host Bob Andelman.

CAPTION: Lawrence: Finally got his own soapbox. (But can he get smarter guests?)

Lawrence: Finally got his own soapbox. (But will he be able to get more sagacious guests?)

‘There’s an awkward posture to that that I think we got away with, thanks to my acting skills,” he adds.

Lawrence knows whence he speaks on the acting front, having been a producer and writer for NBC’s The West Wing (for which he won an Emmy), as well as creator and executive producer of Continue reading