Our Joseph Klein already did a terrific job of parsing Time Magazine’s Joe Klein’s deranged outburst on the weekend Chris Matthews Show that Sarah Palin and Glenn beck were guilty of “sedition.”
(It’s gotta be tough to keep up with making sure that people know the difference between Joe and Joseph. I remember the first time I saw an article by Joseph on Frontpage I briefly thought, “Really, Joe Klein wrote THAT?” Then, like when I get an email purporting that George Carlin or Robin Williams said something patriotic, I immediately thought better of it. At least if there is something crazy floating around under the name David Forsmark, people are sure where to come about it!)
So, it’s understandable that Joseph focused on Joe and missed that the co-author of the season’s big political book, Game Change, John Heilemann also chimed in:
JOHN HEILEMANN: “And Joe’s right and I’ll name another person, I’ll name Rush Limbaugh who uses this phrase constantly and talks about the Obama Administration as a regime. That phrase which has connotations of tyranny.
This is beyond funny, since Rush has started with the “regime” gag to specifically bug Chris Matthews’s hypocrisy in objecting to the term on this basis—and Heilemann has himself in the past used the term to apply to BOTH the Bush and Obama Administrations!
This weekend’s Chris Matthews Show featured a fevered discussion about the Tea Party movement in which Norah O’Donnell, who approached a black guy at a Tea Party and asked if he was uncomfortable ranted about the huge increase in “hate groups and militias” and Kathleen Parker, the supposed “conservative” who just got a Pulitzer Prize for Palin Derangement Syndrome nodded sagely and said Republicans were going to suffer when “something happens.”
Heilemann continued his rant:
JOHN HEILEMANN: And what’s so interesting about it to me, to get to Norah’s point – what is the focus, what is the cause of this? You think back to 1994, there was Ruby Ridge. There was Waco. There were triggering incidents. There’s been nothing like that. The only thing that’s changed in the last 15 months is the election of Barack Obama. And as far as I can see, in terms of the policies that Obama has implemented, there’s nothing.”
Nope, just the takeover of GM and Chrysler, the bailout of Goldman Sachs, the adding of $2 Trillion of national debt in about 5 minutes, the attempted takeover of the health care system which settled for un-Constitutional methods to take the first step in that direction, the proposal of an energy tax/regulation that will control every aspect of the economy, and talk of amnesty for 12 million illegal aliens in time to vote for Obama.
What else could motivate these people besides race?
Even funnier was the insistence by Matthews, Heilemann and Joe Klein that 60s antiwar protesters were “fun” and protested with a “smile” unlike the angry Tea Party seditious mobs.
Right, actively trying to make your country lose a war is so much more legitimate than objecting to the list above!
The silver lining is that compared to the pathetic viewership of the weekend Chris Matthews Show, his MSNBC program is a ratings juggernaut.