Thursday, March 10, 2011

This is Why I Watch Chris Matthews

If you thought Chris Matthews disliked Mike Huckabee... He positively adores him in comparison to his opinion of Newt Gingrich. In his second segment on Hardball last night he unloaded on Newt, first playing a clip in which Newt made the following rather insane comment regarding his numerous marital infidelities.

"There’s no question that at times in my life, partially driven by how passionately I feel about this country, that I worked far too hard and that things happened in my life that were not appropriate."

Chris retorts that his response is “loony talk” and says that, “Now we’re hearing that he fell into the sack because he was so patriotic in his passion.” He goes on, “Just don’t talk about your private life if you don’t want to, just don’t use the flag.” He continues at length, with Walsh and Heilemann sort of playing straight man from time to time, and just when you think he’s winding down he plays another clip and cranks back up again.

“It has something to do with that flag that’s behind him,” Chris says at one point, “He thinks he’s Patton.” I laughed, but had to admit that was a bit of a cheap shot. That flag was backdrop at some Republican gathering this past weekend, and quite a few Republicans spoke while standing in front of it in addition to Newt.

Following yet another clip we get from Chris that “...when he’s not accusing Obama of being an Mau-Mauist, someone over in Africa killing Brits, he’s accusing him of being a secular atheist elitist.” By this time he appears to be in danger of rupturing a blood vessel, while Walsh and Heilemann appear to be in some danger of disappearing from the little windows that MSNBC has them in. You really should watch the segment; it isn’t particularly intelligent, but it is funny as hell.

For my part, the present president claims that he has proven that names don’t matter, but if this nation elects as president a man whose first name is “Newt” I fear for our durability. It was bad enough that we elected one who had a brother named “Bubba.” And to elect a man who uses patriotism as justification for marital infidelity…

As to the infidelity itself, I don’t see what the big deal is here. Politically speaking that is, in case my wife reads this. Joan Walsh points out that the present Mrs. Gingrich began that relationship as an extra-marital affair while Newt was still married to another woman. She fails to note that the present Mrs. John McCain began her relationship with him as an extra-marital affair while she was a rodeo queen and he was still married to the first Mrs. John McCain. Republicans don’t care; only Democrats are intolerant of married man shacking up with women who aren’t their wives.

Especially if they get them pregnant, but that's another story.

1 comment:

bruce said...

But if a Democratic president has a *bleep* in the Oval Office and lies about it and tries to cover it up even in a courtroom, that's okay and glossed over and he's still adored, plus any ramifications are "partisan" and "vast-right-wing-conspiracy". Who is being sanctimonous here?

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