Chris Matthews had Howard Fineman and Joan Walsh on for his first segment yesterday, and the three of them, an idiot and two glorified bloggers, spent a full fifteen minutes whining about this being the first time in history that the right wing has ever made such a vicious attack on an American president. All three of them are old enough to have been around and of voting age during the Clinton years, so I can only conclude that either they were not paying attention, or they are suffering from early onset dementia. Or the two bloggers are simply as idiotic as Matthews. Making vicious attacks on Democratic presidents is what the right wing does.
“Yeah, but…,” cry the whiners on Hardball, “they are claiming that Obama is not a citizen, and calling him a socialist.” Oh cover your ears to protect yourselves from the horror! They accused Clinton of massive real estate fraud and called him a murderer, for God’s sake. They charged him with selling overnights in the Lincoln bedroom. They accused him of being a philanderer, which turned out to be true, but they made the accusation long before there was any evidence for it. Gennifer Flowers and Monica Lewinsky did not appear of their own volition, they entered the spotlight because the right wing went looking for them. They impeached Clinton, you may recall.
Obama is a big boy, and he knew what he was getting into. The right wing is throwing everything they have at him simply because it is their nature to do that to Democratic presidents, and if you think about it what they are throwing is pretty weak stuff. “Socialist non-citizen.” Pah. They are not making any of it stick because there are no dead bodies or unclothed women hidden in his closet. He’s not crying about it, and he doesn’t need crybaby bloggers defending him on Hardball.