• Deana

    Chris Matthews was on the other night trying to paint a picture that “no one” is in charge and that Obama should just take over now.

    Apparently, tradition and the constitution mean nothing to these people.

    It’s disgusting.


  • Tiresias

    Well, it’sbeen a long time since Chris Matthews got so excited he peed down his leg – he probably misses that tingle.

  • Mike Devx

    I am both impressed with and worried by MSNBC for having the guts to go all-out liberal.

    Chris Matthews is the most obviously in-the-tank of their crew. The tingle down his leg made it clear, and as the months have passed it’s become only glaringly more obvious. These days, he feels it is his job to help the Obama Administration succeed. You can be sure he never has, won’t now, and never will, say a similar thing about a conservative administration. In The Tank, Volume One.

    Now I’d like to see Fox News to abandon its attempts to be centrist and go all-out conservative. Alan Colmes could keep his seat, but viewers could interact with the show and dial in complaints when he irritates them. When their numbers indicate he has exceeded a certain threshold, a flashing red siren goes off behind him with ‘Whoop! Whoop!’ audio, the ceiling above him slides open (“the sky opens up”) and icy cold water floods down upon him. Hannity turns to the camera, smiles and says, “You’re all wet, Alan.”

    (And no, Hannity is not in my top four favorite conservative voices on radio nor TV… I prefer Rush, Laura Ingraham, our local Mark Davis, Mark Levin, and at times Jerry Doyle, who has dissected the horrifying Bush/Paulson travesty better than anyone else. I just like the image of Alan Colmes drenched. If you’ve ever seen a wet cat after a bath, you can imagine how I envision him looking.)

  • http://helenl.wordpress.com/ Helen Losse

    Well, the Liberals got it right, but the Conservatives got it funnier. :-)

  • Ozzie

    Chris Matthews is the most obviously in-the-tank of their crew. The tingle down his leg made it clear, and as the months have passed it’s become only glaringly more obvious- Mike

    Chris Matthews tends to swoon over men in power.

    For the record, Mike, here are some of the things Matthews said about George W. Bush:

    “The president. . . won the war. He was an effective commander. Everybody recognizes that, I believe, except a few critics. . . The president there-look at this guy! We’re watching him. He looks like he flew the plane. . He looks for real. He didn’t fight in a war, but he looks like he does.” – On Hardball, after Bush’s aircraft carrier landing

    “He looks great in a military uniform. He looks great in that cowboy costume he wears when he goes West. . We’re proud of our President. Americans love having a guy as President, a guy who has a little swagger, who’s physical, who’s not a complicated guy like Clinton…. Women like a guy who’s President. Check it out.” – The women like this war.” — also on Hardball, after Bush’s aircraft carrier landing

    And then there was this exchange with Peggy Noonan

    MATTHEWS: That was our commander in chief speaking to the troops and to the families of those who have lost in Iraq at Fort Carson, Colorado. Very impressive speech. The president, the commander in chief in this case, at the top of his form…

    Let me ask Peggy Noonan, what is, as you see it, the legitimate way to address and to debate a president, a commander in chief, who appears here, very glowingly, in fact, almost in uniform, how do you take him on legitimately?

    NOONAN: You can take him on legitimately because it’s an election and you’re running against him. But that guy is going to be tough to beat and anyone who thinks otherwise is really dreamin.’

    And then there was this:

    . “There are some things you can’t fake. Either you can throw a strike from sixty feet or you can’t. Either you can rise to the occasion on the mound at Yankee Stadium with 56,000 people watching or you can’t. On Tuesday night, George W. Bush hit the strike zone in the House that Ruth Built…. This is about knowing what to do at the moment you have to do it–and then doing it. It’s about that ‘grace under pressure’ that Hemingway gave as his very definition of courage.” – On Bush’s ability to throw a baseball..

    And finally this:

    “Everybody sort of likes the President, except for the real whack-jobs,” (when polls had Bush’s favorablity at 37 percent).

    Matthews had total man-crush on W.

    These days, Obama holds the key to his heart.

  • Deana

    Helen –

    Do you think that Obama should take over now?


  • Mike Devx

    Ozzie (#5)
    Well, Oz, I’ll give you credit where it’s due. Those quotes make Matthews look like a completely shallow goof. Perhaps that is all he is. Superficial comments about superficial activities do not a reporter make. You’ve refuted at least in part the partisanship of “the tingle”… but not the “It’s my job to help this administration succeed.” That second comment remains beyond the pale.

  • Ellie2

    I think Chris Matthews really loves Politics and America. You can see it in his books. Yes, he goes over the top regularly, but is an excess of enthusiasm for his trade and his country so bad? He is, after all, a commentator, not a reporter.

    What did he admire this time around: Romney’s speech on Religion as much as Obama’s speech on Race (which brought on the famous tingle). They were both great speeches and I, too, thought “oh, well done!”

    As we head into perilous waters, is it so bad to wish that our incoming President succeed? Are we not passengers and crew on the selfsame Ship of State?

  • Charles Martel


    Yes, we want President Obama to succeed. The sticking point is that we do not want him to succeed at those things he and his allies have indicated they would like him to succeed at:

    —unlimited abortion

    —higher taxes

    —expanded government programs

    —cutting and running in Iraq

    —kissing our enemies’ asses

    —“creating” 2.5 million jobs (through theft from producers)

    —mandatory healthcare

    —advancing the gay agenda

    —assaulting First and Second Amendment rights

    You’ll forgive us if we wish him terrible luck in all of those endeavors.

  • Charles Martel


    Nice to see you back.

    Speaking as a man, it is embarrassing to see another man have a “man crush” on a politician.

    Not only because politicians by nature are two-faced (Lincoln excepted after he said, “My opponent calls me two-faced. I ask you, if I had two faces, why would I wear this one?”), but also because such crushes are unseemly.

    It’s like the 12-year-old girl who writes the name of the boy she has a crush on on her notebook, then adds his last name to hers:

    “Chris Matthews Obama”

    “Chrissy M. OBAMA”

    “C. M. Obama”


  • Ellie2

    Charles, Charles, Charles, I am quite certain that somewhere along the the line a parent, a teacher, or clergy made mention of the fact that being a success doesn’t always mean getting what you want. 😉

  • Charles Martel


    True. In which case I hope that Obama becomes the most successful president in history! :)

  • Ymarsakar

    You have got to stop reading the New York Times, Book. There’s so much hate there that it is starting to affect me. And you don’t want that to happen. Bad things could happen then.

  • Mike Devx

    I’ve been staying completely away from mainstream news and all of TV for about five months now – except for football.

    I now find commercial TV to be almost completely unwatchable. I turn it off out of disgust or boredom, whichever rises first.

    And as Y said about the New York Times, the newspapers have become worthless to me as well.

    Anyone finding similar things happening to them?

  • Ellie2

    I took a semester off in college in 1968 and worked for a major metro newspaper. Moved to New York in 1970 and read the Sunday Times cover to cover. I moved to Chicago in 1978 and read three newspapers daily on my lunch hour.

    Now? Read Drudge and selected Blogs. Watch some Fox Cable, not much. If I really want to know what’s happening I pick up the National Enquirer at the grocery store.

  • Ymarsakar

    We are environmentalists, Mike. We help save the planet by not paying for the destruction of trees. We should feel good about ourselves, right Ellie?

  • Ymarsakar

    There’s a reason why environmental terrorists put spikes in trees so that lumber men get injured but don’t protest the New York Times printing giag jillions of paper crap.

  • Ellie2


    Trees, good. People, bad. Environmentalists, demented. NYT, compost.

  • Deana

    Mike –

    I’d break my news consumption down to the following:

    40% – Fox News
    40% – Internet
    20% – NPR

    Other than Fox News, which does manage to get on my nerves at times, I don’t watch any other TV news. I’ve tried and I just can’t. They don’t seem to go into depth on much and I can’t bear to hear them insinuate how objective they are when they so clearly aren’t.

    Fox News (NOT the Hannity and Colmes part – ick – but the Britt Hume show, the Cavuto Report, etc.) is by far the most objective newsource on TV. Commentators on all sides are provided the opportunity not just to make their points but delve into details and I appreciate that.

    Plus, even though I don’t agree with the leftists on there, I enjoy listening to their viewpoints and I respect them. (For example: Juan Williams, Dr. LaMont Hill, etc.)

    The only “major” newspaper I ever purchase is The Washington Times. The Washington Post is a disgrace. Birds shouldn’t be forced to relieve themselves on such garbage!

    If I watch any TV other than news, it is almost always the travel or the food channels. I haven’t watched more than 1/2 hour of a TV show in months and months. My mind can’t take it. It feels like mental cotton candy – light, fluffy, interesting in small bites once a year.