The interview with South Carolina Senatorial Candidate Alvin Greene (D) on yesterday’s “Last Word” went something like this (paraphrased):

Lawrence O’Donnell [Host]: Are you a witch?

Greene: Jim DeMint started the recession.

O’Donnell: Why is your nickname “turtle?”

Greene: Jim DeMint started the recession.

O’Donnell: Seriously, you don’t have to stick to your talking points that much. Why were you called “turtle?”

Greene: No. Jim DeMint started the recession.

O’Donnell: Explain some of your disagreements with Jim DeMint.

Greene: Jim DeMint started the recession.

While the above back-and-forth is technically a paraphrase, it is only barely so. The rest of the interview is equally awkward and baffling:

Mediaite counted the DeMint comments for us:

Greene said essentially the exact words “DeMint started the recession” or “DeMint is responsible for the recession” ten different times, and said similar things a couple times besides that.

This all makes it even more remarkable that O’Donnell concluded the interview by paying Greene an extremely backhanded compliment: “Alvin Greene = still better than Jim DeMint.”