On most issues Lawrence O'Donnell is on the side of the angels. But O'Donnell, who held senior staff positions on Capitol Hill during the 1990's, is one of many Democrats and liberals who think the way to fix today's problems is by recycling yesterday's solutions - even when those solutions didn't even fix yesterday's problems. Nostalgia for the great compromises of the 90's is going to sink the Democratic Party, not help it. More importantly, it will lead to the wrong policy decisions.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the current deficit debate. When O'Donnell accepted Esquire's challenge to create his own "deficit commission," he was already reinforcing the mistaken idea that deficits are the nation's number one concern. I hosted The Young Turks broadcast (America's #1 online news show, I'm told!) for three days this week. The clip below shows O'Donnell's last comments on the deficit debate, along with our comments.
The short version of our reaction? Lawrence, we love ya, but you're completely wrong on this one. And this is exactly the kind of thinking that will drive us over a cliff if we stick with it: