The Spin Starts Here – by Peter Collier


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The Dems are spinning so hard after Tuesday’s elections that the earth may be in danger of flying off its axis.  Some of the intellectual chaos they have generated was on display Wednesday afternoon on Chris Matthews’ “Hardball.”

Admittedly, being on the Matthews’ show is a challenge for guests, who have to struggle to get a word in edgewise as the hyperkinetic host asks questions and immediately answers them himself and generally acts less like an interviewer than someone on sodium pentatol.

But a few attempts at explaining last night’s Democratic debacle got past Matthews’ logorrhea and all of them were calculated to protect St. Obama from blame. Democratic Party  hack Steve McMahon contradicted himself at least twice every sentence when he said the lesson of the election was that the Republicans who won in Virginia and New Jersey were non-ideological but also that Republicans were becoming a “white male Southern party” taken over by the “far right”; that the voters were concerned about the economy and other problems but also that the Republican sweep was “anti-incumbent rather than anti-Obama.”

Next came Chuck Todd, more knowledgeable than Matthews, although allowed to speak fewer words.  His message was that the White House knew that it was implicated in the vote.  In fact it had acted admirably in deciding to “own” the results in Virginia and New Jersey.  And, as David Axelrod had told Todd, it couldn’t let politics continue to be local in 2010 but rather had to move quickly to “nationalize” next year’s elections—that is, make them about Obama with Obama as the central player.  Then people would presumably respond as they had in 2008—with an outpouring of robotic adulation and the Dems would be okay.  But can the President go back to the well with a message of “change,” when the changes he has made so far have been so disastrous?  Can he really re-use last year’s hope-a-dope strategy again when the people are so much sadder and wiser?  Matthews didn’t ask and Todd didn’t say.  No one wants to disturb the white noise of vanity inside the Obama cocoon.

The New York Observer’s Chuck Kornacki even offered a “silver lining” from last night’s louring clouds.  The results really represented a potential failure for Republicans, he suggested, because they would now be lulled into a false sense of well being and fail to deal with internal conflicts that will prevent them from redefining their tarnished identify.  The results in Virginia and New Jersey were caused by a poor economy, not a poor president, and if/when the economy comes “roaring back” in 2012 the Repubicans would still be taboo and Democrats still sitting pretty.

Matthews should have handed each of his guests Occam’s Razor.  Instead, he ended the show by putting  on a Phillies cap and endorsing Pedro Martinez for tonight’s game, even though “Petey” has admitted that the Yankees are his Daddy,  just as — for one election evening any how–the Republicans are clearly the Daddies of the Dems.  No other explanation required.

  • Proxywar

    Who's your daddy?
    Who's your daddy?
    WHo's your daddy?

    Sounds like a good 2010 or 2012 slogan.
    I could see myself chanting that
    at the democrats.

  • therealend

    MSNBC: The Stepford media at work.

  • antifascist18

    Chris Matthews – Nazi and speechwriter for Jew-baiter J. Carter; Keith Olbermann – Gay Nazi and Jew Baiter (just ask Basketball coach Larry Brown), Rachel Maddow -Feldhure for the Islamic Nazi Left.

    No wonder why Americans won't listen to MS-LSD. Too many Nazis and Nazi collaborators who are cheating both David Duke and Reverend Jerry out of their dues.

  • Carterthewriter

    The idea that a network shills for their parent company's attempt to save itself at the expense of the taxpayers is too apparent at MSNBC and anyone with half a brain understands what they are attempting to accomplish…and it ain't reporting the truth!

  • USMCSniper

    Lissen har youse honay craackas, Pres Obam dun beez dah messiah send tah us fum Got. Yassah! Ah knows cause Mistah Farrakan dun tolt meh!

  • davidhorowitz

    Note how 'anti-fascist' throws in the word 'Gay' to smear Olberman. Nice.

  • davidhorowitz

    Sounds like your still wearing your blackface. Let's see if anyone else on this site has the guts to call you on it, or whether they're 'with you all the way.' Pathetic, really…

  • antifascist18

    Frankly I doubt you're david horowitz in the first place.

    Secondly, Olbermann is a Fascist Fruitcake. I won't be politically correct to take that back, nor apologize as “he” is one of the most despicable pieces of crap in America today. I had his number, little one, years ago when as a third-rate sportscaster in the same L.A. media that gave us Linda Douglass and Kyra Phillips, “he” fumed when Coach Larry Brown took a job out of town. He called a guy whom “he” isn't even fit to shine his shoes a “whore”.

    “He” is what “he” is – a Gay Nazi. Deal with it.

    If you love Olbermann so much, go out with him. I'm sure “he'll” accept.

    Oh, and don't forget to scream blue murder because I forgot to say what kind of Feldhure Rachel Maddow is. A Lezzie Feldhure.

    Ha Ha Ha.

  • antifascist18

    No, you're really the pathetic one, Leftard.

  • coyote3

    What's to call him on? Did you mean his Negro face?

  • LucyQ

    This election is neither a 'victory' for the GOP nor the Dems. It represents the middle of the road voters, the majority of Americans, not found among the extremist fringes who are disgusted with America's Corrupt One Party that tries to deceive voters into thinking there are really two parties. We finally heard from intelligent voters who even though thoroughly disgusted with politics, still made the effort to get out and vote.

  • Walt

    Whatever all that means. I did not see a third party win here.

  • http://drugwars.110mb.com/ rolling thunder

    What does it mean to be “middle of the road”? The “middle of the road group” was probably much more conservative in the early years of our country. Some people buy the argument “there are people to the left of me, and people to the right of me, and therefore I'm correct”, but logic doesn't say anything about “middle of the road”. You are either correct, or you are not. An extremist can be correct about some things.

  • http://drugwars.110mb.com/ rolling thunder

    What does it mean to be “middle of the road”? The “middle of the road group” was probably much more conservative in the early years of our country. Some people buy the argument “there are people to the left of me, and people to the right of me, and therefore I'm correct”, but logic doesn't say anything about “middle of the road”. You are either correct, or you are not. An extremist can be correct about some things.

  • USMCSniper

    LucyQ, tell me what the so-called extreme right believes in as a basic philosophy and then compare it with the extreme left who believes in everything from violent overthrow of the government to confiscation of all private wealth to create dependency classes.

    You know what middle-of-the road is? No principles, no convictions, no logic or reason, just a whole lot floating abstractions of how they feel about anything that is controversial just as long as we can all get along,

  • gobnait

    Mr. Matthews strikes one as being hygenically-challenged.

  • LucyQ

    I think this is a very good time for a 3rd party and maybe a 4th one to emerge. It simply means that most Americans are disgusted with both parties.

  • LucyQ

    Middle of the road simply means one agrees with some concepts of the right and the left. I think logic does say something about it-if I walk down the middle of a trail somewhere, that doesn't mean it's illogical. And an extremist can be correct about some things some of the time…..that's logical.

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