He's trotting out his special Dorchester accent, evidently for this week only.
He's many things, but stupid is not one of them.
No, it appeared when he challenged Boston-area resident Tagg Romney to a fistfight last election season. It's entertainment.
Me likey Larry.
He always does that when he says "Dorchester" but the thing is, he doesn't say it in a manner in which I have ever heard a Dorchester native say it. He pronounces it "Dah-chestah" when the way it is commonly said is "Daw-chestuh." He's trying way too hard. Like when NPR white ladies say, "Lah-deenos".
If you grew up in the area it's easy to lapse back into the accent.
I'm with OP. It sounds contrived. He may be a brilliant writer and a really smart guy but sometimes he comes off as disingenuous.
He is very intelligent. Also so in love with being Lawrence O'Donnell that he oozes self-satisfaction.
[R7} I would agree with that statement, but it is not without cause.
As a Proper Bostonian, the neighborhood of Dorchester is as R4 states:
"Daw-chestah." And the "Daw" is pronounced the same way as in the word "dawn."
And Dorchester High School is pronounced "Dot High."
He was on Capitol Hill over a generation ago, and is struggling to be relevant now.
I like him and his show, but his revived Boston accent (I'm from there too) is bizarre, and a desperate plea for "I'm wunna youse!" authenticity.