What is often missing from discussions about FOX vs. MSNBC is the passionate love some MSNBC hosts have for the institutions of government and the collegiality of political opponents that—until 2010—resulted in compromises to benefit the American people. On Tuesday night, The Last Word’s Lawrence O’Donnell, who worked for the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and served as staff director for the Senate Finance Committee, seemed to choke up as he shamed Republican senators who turned their back on their former colleague, disabled war hero and 1996 president candidate Bob Dole and voted to block a treaty to protect people with disabilities as Dole watched from his wheelchair on the Senate floor. O’Donnell said:
Having worked in the Senate for seven years, I think the Senate remains a great institution which has done much, much more to be proud of than the rare occurrences that it should be ashamed of. I don’t usually think that when a vote doesn’t go my way in the United States Senate that the Senate should be ashamed of itself….
Bob Dole reached into their hearts and today found … nothing. With one word—no—they failed their old friend. They dishonored themselves and they dishonored the United States Senate.
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