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I know it's popular here to dump on Chris Mathews....he is all too often stuck in the middle of the road, and we all know what you find in the middle of the road....road kill.  

But I find him endearing, inexplicably...  He's no Keith Olbermann, nor any Rachel Maddow.  He's simply a honest kid from Philadelphia, who, let's be honest, devoted his career to the Democratic Party.  Show the man some respect.

I listened to his eulogy, if you can call it that, to former Kennedy speech writer Ted Sorenson.  He clearly admired the man.  As he still does JFK.  Mathews is a Catholic first, but his Democratic Party creds are hardly in suspect.  He is a Democrat.  Get over it.  He is.

I'd rather have one Chris Mathews' in my foxhole than ten of any number of talking heads I can think of.  It's amazing to me that he has been cariacatured the way he has been here.  Sure...he's moderate...he's an effing CATHOLIC!!!!  And I don't mean that Catholics are by definition effing....they are just very religious.

I don't for a moment doubt Chris Mathews' political inclinations.  I think he is solidly in the "D" collumn.  

He didn't write speeches for Ronald Reagan, for Christ's sake....he wrote them for Jimmy Carter.  Give the man a f&cking break.  He would write speeches for this president, if asked...and probably write better ones than the ones being written for him at present.  

I think it's easy being Keith Olbermann...I think it is much less easy being Chris Mathews...Not because one is more obviously right than the's not.  Mathews  speaks for probably 60% of America.  Olbermann speaks more forcefully for about 30% of America.  I agree with Keith, and I cheer sometimes...

But when Chris is on his game...I wish HE was still writing speeches for the president...cause he knows where the sweet spot is.

It's to the right of be sure...but I'm not so arrogant to believe that the rest of America is where I am.

Originally posted to Keith930 on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 05:29 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    "That Love is all there is, is all we know of Love" Emily Dickenson

    by Keith930 on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 05:29:59 PM PST

    •  Putting all Dems in one bag (3+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, psilocynic, lcarr23

      is a problem. There is the Joe Lieberman type of Dem and there is just about all other Dems. Being a Dem is not enough.

      That Matthews has a more difficult task than Olberman seem nutty to me. I personally regard Matthews as a big windbag.

      War is costly. Peace is priceless!

      by frostbite on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 06:04:37 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  see...and I see Keith O as a windbag (0+ / 0-)

        Mind you...I prefer his wind...but let's be honest.  He's a windbag.  He likes the sound of his own voice, and the IMPORTANCE of it.

        "That Love is all there is, is all we know of Love" Emily Dickenson

        by Keith930 on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 06:26:24 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  He voted for Bush in 2000. (9+ / 0-)

    He said that on the air. don't tell me about lifelong dedication to Dems.

  •  I don't like Nantucket "Democrats" (n/t) (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    MadRuth, Tirge Caps, dougymi, psilocynic
  •  While he does get it wrong sometimes, (2+ / 0-)
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    jmaier, ccasas

    I can't see that he's being purposefully deceptive.  I don't get the 'evil' vibe that I get from FOX hosts.

    Tweety is one of the good guys.  Imperfect yes.  But not evil.

    Sad how 'not being evil' is considered a compliment these days.

  •  I'll give him a break, (10+ / 0-)

    I'll give him a break when he stops parroting beltway memes and conventional wisdom bullshit, which is his forte.  I watch his show, but he irritates me at times.  I like him, but he's just another talking head.

    "I drank what?!" -Socrates

    by bagman on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 05:35:43 PM PST

  •  I could not disagree with you Tweety (9+ / 0-)

    is an obnoxious fool with an overblown sense of his own relevance and intellect.

    He is sexist and he treats people depending upon their ranking within the village.Newcomers get treated with derision while old redundant hacks are swooned over. The man is the classic bully, who bullies because he himself has spent a lifetime being bullied, sucking up to those he perceives having power over him and kicking those who he thinks have none.

    Matthews sees life as one big ladder to be scaled at all costs and by any means, Jon Stewart pointed up the nihilism and sadness of this little philosophy to devestating effect.

    He would not know objectivity if it bit him on the arse and derives most of his conclusions from things that he blurts out and then repeats ad nauseum because they sounded good to him or something.

    He is the perfect example of what is wrong with the 4th Estate and why said 4th Estate will never again be regarded as a serious check and balance to those we elect.

    Matthews is, in short, a complete and utter tool.

    Other than that, no strong feelings.

    We hoped and we didn't even get the loose change.

    by stevej on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 05:39:26 PM PST

    •  Oh my goodness. Did you sum him up, if not in a (0+ / 0-)

      nutshell, at least in a banana skin.  You describe his personality perfectly.  How anyone can like the twerp I will never know.

      "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

      by gustynpip on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 05:59:33 PM PST

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      •  meet America (0+ / 0-)

        You don't have to like it...but you sure as hell have to deal with it.  And lucky for'll never have to rule it.

        If you can't make Mathews an obvious are destined to walk in the wilderness for another 40 years.  That's not's THIS COUNTRY.

        "That Love is all there is, is all we know of Love" Emily Dickenson

        by Keith930 on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 06:15:43 PM PST

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        •  What the hell are you talking about? (0+ / 0-)

          When you put the weed down, come back and talk. You might make some semblance of sense then.

          "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

          by gustynpip on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 06:58:04 PM PST

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    •  If you want objectivity, turn on Keith or Rachel (0+ / 0-)


      Only the flavor you like most.  I like Neopalitan ice cream, but I'm sure there are those who swear to either vanilla or chocolate.  Whatever your flavor, it's out there.  

      Just saying that as much a devotee as you may be to your flavor of choice...there are others who have a different palate.  If you could open up an icream store and just serve mocha almond fudge...we'd all be entrepreneurs.

      Or president.

      "That Love is all there is, is all we know of Love" Emily Dickenson

      by Keith930 on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 06:41:49 PM PST

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  •  Couldn't find the video (6+ / 0-)
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    MadRuth, ER Doc, JeffW, Shahryar, wahine, Prav duh

    but I did find this from Media Matters.

    MATTHEWS: Do you think this role, and I want to talk politically [...], the president deserves everything he's doing tonight in terms of his leadership. He won the war. He was an effective commander. Everybody recognizes that, I believe, except a few critics. Do you think he is defining the office of the presidency, at least for this time, as basically that of commander in chief? That [...] if you're going to run against him, you'd better be ready to take [that] away from him.


    MATTHEWS: Let me ask you, Bob Dornan, you were a congressman all those years. Here's a president who's really nonverbal. He's like Eisenhower. He looks great in a military uniform. He looks great in that cowboy costume he wears when he goes West. I remember him standing at that fence with Colin Powell. Was [that] the best picture in the 2000 campaign?

    MATTHEWS: Ann Coulter, you're the first to speak tonight on the buzz. The president's performance tonight, redolent of the best of Reagan -- what do you think?

    COULTER: It's stunning. It's amazing. I think it's huge. I mean, he's landing on a boat at 150 miles per hour. It's tremendous. It's hard to imagine any Democrat being able to do that. And it doesn't matter if Democrats try to ridicule it. It's stunning, and it speaks for itself.

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 05:44:50 PM PST

    •  You nailed it (3+ / 0-)
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      Tweety is a fatuous tool of the right who every now and then (when it is convenient) says something a progressive can agree with. That doesn't make anything he days relevant or notable.

      I could buy a parrot and train it to say, `tax cuts,' but at the end of the day, it's still a parrot, not a conservative.

      by MadRuth on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 05:54:50 PM PST

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  •  *sigh* Whatever (3+ / 0-)
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    MadRuth, gustynpip, JeffW

    I could give a shit less what a trivial, insipid mouthpiece on cable says in furtherance of his own career.

    Chris Matthews? Who effing cares.

  •  I've never forgiven Tweety for his sycopahncy (1+ / 0-)
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    with Jim Baker.

    A couple of years into the Iraq war, the British medical journal, The Lancet, published a study documenting how many Iraqi deaths there had been since the US invasion in contrast to what would have been the normal death rate. The numbers came in at between 400,000 and 900,000, so the working premise was about 600,000. This was based on surveys and a lot of conscientious work.

    The day that report came out, Bush was holding a press conference in the Rose Garden and a reporter asked him about the report. His response was, "Well that report has been discredited."

    That evening, Chris Matthews had James Baker on and asked him about the report. Baker's answer was, "You heard the president. That report has been discredited." To this, Matthews said, "Oh, right." and went on.

    He could as easily have been an actual journalist and asked, "Really? Who has discredited it and how?" Instead he just kissed James Baker's butt. Baker would have been hard pressed to answer such a question since he was expecting Matthews' response and because it had actually NOT been discredited and has not been to this day. Chris Matthews may be a nice guy, but he has absolutely no right to think of himself as a journalist.

  •  Uh no. I will not. He brown noses Pat Buchanan (2+ / 0-)
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    and is always agreeing with his racist crap thinking we're all too damn young to hear those old dog whistles. This African American rejects Democrats like Chris Matthews and anyone else with that "old fashioned"  mentality.

    PERIOD !

    Old racist trash with his Knights of Columbus shout out. What kind of jerk brags about coming from that heritage? I'm sick of these people who brag about their racist heritage like it's something great. You aint great and neither were your people. They were savage trash.

    DEAL !

    "This country was founded on compromise" ~ President Barack Obamas answer to the disillusionment and frustration of his base. (SMH)

    by WeBetterWinThisTime on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 06:10:44 PM PST

    •  Right. That's another reason (0+ / 0-)

      I can't stand the jerk.

    •  Oh, and another thing-- (0+ / 0-)

      Until the conviction he kept having Tom Delay on as if this jackass were someone we should waste our time listening to.

    •  I want to agree, but I can't. (1+ / 0-)
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      I've seen enough episodes where I really, really, want to agree.  But then he called Buchanan out tonight.  He does that every once in a while.  Maybe only when it's really, really obvious.

      Tonight's episode was Buchanan agreeing that people who own property have (supposedly) a more vested interest in politics and Buchanan saying that he "understands" the argument teabaggers are making that we should revert to the 1780s and only allow property owners to vote.  Buchanan also said only those who speak English should be allowed to vote ("Absolutely").  He indicated that he may be in favor of literacy tests dressed up as civics tests.  

      Tweety called him out.  He denigrated it as the "Knights of Columbus view."  Well, until Buchanan asked him if he was denigrating the Knights of Columbus.  Tweety caved.

    •  oooh boy...I'm VOTING FOR YOU!!!!!! do you have (0+ / 0-)

      a PAC?  

      "That Love is all there is, is all we know of Love" Emily Dickenson

      by Keith930 on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 06:18:26 PM PST

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    •  they all have to be nice to Pat (0+ / 0-)

      I think Rachel and Keith got out of it, but the rest still have to play along.
      I've noticed that Chris has been more vocal about his liberal leanings lately.  I think the prime time line-up has given him a backstop.

  •  are you... (0+ / 0-)

    shitting me?

    Welch was absolutely determined to make his employees at NBC News finally genuflect to the most sacred words in his vocabulary: GE bottom line.

    He perceived that there was a widely believed American myth of well-intended journalists selflessly seeking the truth, and that there would be hell to pay if a business leader like him were to overtly force reporters to be good corporate soldiers. So, being a very bright guy, he largely left the journalists at NBC alone.


    In private, Welch was proud to have personally cultivated Tim Russert from a “lefty” to a responsible representative of GE interests. Welch sincerely believed that all liberals were phonies. He took great pleasure in “buying their leftist souls”, watching in satisfaction as former Democrats like Russert and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews eagerly discarded the baggage of their former progressive beliefs in exchange for cold hard GE cash. Russert was now an especially obedient and model employee in whom the company could take pride.

    matthews and russert were and are the biggest liars on tv and complete republican tools.

    scarborough is the new whipping boy, but these aforementioned two, as worse in every way.
    tung sol

    read the rest

    There is a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.--Oscar Levant

    by tung sol on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 06:23:36 PM PST

  •  Arm or leg? n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 06:24:23 PM PST

  •  This diary is full of fail.. (0+ / 0-)

    Chris Matthews really? Fail Fail Fail.

  •  Yesterday Tweety was talking (0+ / 0-)

    about how great the tax deal is....turned it off.

    Today, when talking about Elzabeth Edwards, he kept bringing up Rielle Hunter.  W. T. F.  Turned him off again.

    Mouth that engages before the brain is in motion; that's Tweety.

    Overpaid and overpaid.

    And if he's a Dem.....

    "A Canadian is merely an unarmed American with health care." John Wing

    by marigold on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 06:36:47 PM PST

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