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MSNBC's O'Donnell takes shot at Giuliani in Osama death coverage

O'Donnell charges Giuliani 'too simple-minded' to give Obama credit for taking out bin Laden.
O'Donnell charges Giuliani 'too simple-minded' to give Obama credit for taking out bin Laden.

MSNBC commentator Lawrence O’Donnell used the death of Osama bin Laden to take a cheap shot at former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani Monday night, insinuating that Giuliani wasn’t a big enough man to give President Obama his righteous due for finally bringing bin Laden to justice.

But just moments after O’Donnell offered his broadside, Giuliani did just that, in an appearance on Sean Hannity’s show on the rival Fox News Channel.

“When you consider everything that could have gone wrong … it took a lot of courage” for Obama to order the military operation inside Pakistan in which bin Laden was killed, Giuliani said.

O’Donnell had taken umbrage at a comment Giuliani made in a speech during the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York, in which the former mayor said that after the 9/11 attacks, he had thanked God that George W. Bush was president.

O’Donnell said that in the wake of bin Laden’s death, Giuliani ought to publicly thank God that Obama was president and put to rest the lie that Democrats were soft on terrorism.

“But of course, he would never say that. Rudy Giuliani could never look into his soul and find the grace to say something like that about a political opponent,” O’Donnell said. “Rudy Giuliani is simply too partisan to say that, and much, much too simple-minded.”

Two observations: First, when Giuliani was thanking God that Bush was president, he was making a dig at Al Gore, not Obama, who, at that point, was still an Illinois state senator. And second, isn’t unbridled partisanship a more respectable behavior from politicians -- like, say, Giuliani -- than from network news commentators -- like, say, O’Donnell?

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