Lawrence O'Donnell and Chris Matthews

Lawrence and Chris on why D.C. doesn’t have to be dysfunctional


When Lawrence O’Donnell and Chris Matthews talk about what happens behind the scenes in Washington, they know what they’re talking about.

Both witnessed history from vantage points few have experienced: Chris from the office of House Speaker Tip O’Neill, and Lawrence from the Senate Finance Committee and the office of Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

The two recently sat down to discuss Chris’s new book “Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked.” What happened next was an extraordinary conversation about what it’s really like to work on Capitol Hill  and why politics doesn’t work the way it should.

Watch the segment, plus the 20-minute web-exclusive video.