Lawrence O'Donnell Slams Kevin McCarthy For Showing Clip Of 'The Town' At GOP Meeting On Debt Ceiling Vote


Lawrence O'Donnell took Republican House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy to task for the reports that the "good Christian" showed his fellow GOP House members a clip from The Town during a closed-door meeting, encouraging them to vote for John Boehner's latest proposal for raising the debt ceiling that he already knows is D.O.A. in the Senate.

TPM has more on that here -- CRAM IT! ALL Senate Dems Tell Boehner His Debt Limit Plan Is DOA.

And here's more from The Huffington Post on that meeting with McCarthy 'The Town' Clip Played By Kevin McCarthy At GOP Meeting Ahead Of Debt Ceiling Vote: Report (VIDEO) :

Amid contentious negotiations taking place in Washington on the issue of raising the debt ceiling, the Washington Post offers a glimpse of what went on behind the scenes during a closed-door meeting among House Republican lawmakers on Tuesday.

The gathering took place as some conservative members of the chamber remain at odds with their GOP colleagues on a plan put forth by House Speaker John Boehner to lift the nation's deficit limit. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said on Tuesday morning that at the time he was confident the proposal did not have sufficient GOP votes to pass.

According to the Post, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) sought to foster a sense of unity among House Republicans at their meeting by playing a clip from The Town, a 2010 crime thriller starring Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner.

In the segment of footage reportedly shown, Doug MacRay, a bank robber played by Affleck, says to his friend Jem Coughlin, played by Renner, “I need your help. I can’t tell you what it is. You can never ask me about it later. And we're going to hurt some people.” Jem then responds, "Whose car are we gonna take?"

Republican aides tell the Post that Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), a Tea Party-backed lawmaker with a penchant for making eyebrow-raising remarks, told his colleagues after the clip was shown, "I’m ready to drive the car."

After showing the beginning of the clip from the movie that McCarthy quoted, O'Donnell reminded everyone of just what McCarthy was using to "inspire" his fellow Republicans.

O'DONNELL: That's right, good Christian Kevin McCarthy tried to inspire the party that believes this country was founded on Christian values and should be governed by Christian values, by showing them a film clip about some distinctly un-Christian Boston career criminals who were on their way to beat the living s**t out of a guy.

And as Lawrence noted here and the article at the Huffington Post pointed out, Ben Affleck responded this way:

On Wednesday, Affleck -- who wrote and directed "The Town" -- said that he too found the whole scenario a touch bizarre. And in a statement his spokesperson provided to The Huffington Post, he suggested that Republicans use a different one of his movies next time they need to whip votes.

"I don't know if this is a compliment or the ultimate repudiation," said the actor, who is currently in Turkey directing and starring in "Argo," an adaptation of the Tehran hostage crisis. "But if they're going to be watching movies, I think "The Company Men" is more appropriate."


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