Matthews a Few Race Cards Short of a Full Deck

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On “Hardball” that night, Matthews continued his welfare rant: The Romney ad was “ethnically charged” and a “dog whistle.” (The phrase “dog whistle” is a dog whistle for imaginary sightings of racism.)

For the clincher, Matthews added: “Did you catch Romney following it up by saying this was Obama’s effort to excite and shore up his base, passing out welfare checks? His base.”

As everyone but Chris knows, the “base” Romney referred to consists not of individuals collecting welfare, but those distributing it, i.e.: union-dues-paying government workers. Democrats’ problem with welfare reform always was that if it worked, we would need fewer of these well-pensioned public employees, a fact repeatedly acknowledged by liberals themselves.

When welfare reform was first proposed in 1994:

– Will Marshall of the Progressive Policy Institute said the reforms would sever Democratic ties to the liberal “base,” which he described as: “Congress, the interest groups that cluster around them, the bureaucracies that work closely with them, the social service providers and experts and think tank types.”

– Robert Kuttner of the uber-liberal American Prospect magazine wrote that welfare reform would hurt Bill Clinton with “the Democratic base.”

– Liberal journalist Jeff Greenfield of ABC News said that Clinton’s becoming a third-way, New Democrat would risk “alienating a liberal base.”

I’m sorry, gentlemen, but it is my sad duty to inform you: You’re all racists.

The next night on “Hardball,” Matthews made his most dramatic announcement yet! It seems the mention of “Chicago” in relation to the president is also a racist dog whistle.

Matthews: “They keep saying Chicago, by the way, you noticed?”?

Guest John Heilemann, like an orderly in a mental institution trapped alone with a patient, played along, responding, “Well, there’s a lot of black people in Chicago” — while frantically jabbing at the alarm button.

For the love of Pete, can’t we all acknowledge that a reference to “Chicago” in this context manifestly refers to corrupt, big-city, machine politics and 1920s gangsterism — not race? No one thinks Al Capone was an African-American.

My advice to Chris is: Pace yourself. It’s a long way to Election Day. If you get too crazy, too soon, you’ll have nothing left for the fourth quarter.

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  • Looking4Sanity

    I can never pass up a story about old Mr. Tingles! But I wouldn't worry about him running out of crazy in the fourth quarter…or any other time for that matter. He's got crazy on tap. The man is living proof that certainty can be a terrible and frightening thing. You have to admire the guy's conviction though. There's no doubt that he's "all in".

  • davarino

    Matthew, Madcow, Ed uh whats his face, they are all nuts. Rabid nuts. Grasping at straws nuts. But I like watching them now and then, its like a train wreck, you just cant believe it. Ooops there I go again being racist by criticizing the nuts

    • BS77

      Matthews has a severe personality disorder…but makes for good entertainment for some folks, I guess.

  • Fred

    Who cares. Mathews only has about 4 views and the lowest ratings. msnbc is a propaganda wing of the white house.

  • xios

    You oughta see where Matthews lives. The most snobby section of Chevy Chase, MD ("The Village") in one of the largest houses in the area (one of the oldest too, a 19th century Victorian), this guy wants for nothing. And he ought to know by now, DC has just been declared a non- black majority City, so he can't throw that grenade out anymore. He spent the Clinton years guesting on the G. Gordon Liddy radio show, because he couldn't stand the stench and he said he didn't like Democrat attacks on Christianity he was hearing. What happened? Do they have pictures of him showering with Sandusky?…

    • Paul

      I, too, remember when the Clintons turned their backs on old Chris and he didn't miss a chance to lambaste them on his show. He probably got more than a "tingle up his leg" last night when Bill blessed O.

    • http://onfollowingchrist.wordpress.com paul1149

      He used to guest for Rush too, early on. My guess is that he traded his soul for a TV anchor career. He's not a stupid man, and sometimes comes out with good insight and honest interview even still. But it's happening much less and less. Sad and pathetic.

  • Schlomotion

    I have a hard time believing that Ms. Coulter believes her own tripe. She can barely contain the fact that she has a new book to peddle. I am always amused by these people who have a book instantly ready for $25 dollars and then wait for just the right pundit phrase to appear in the news before pushing it. You can tell when you buy these books, by the fatuous tone, the empty reasoning, and the patently recycled ideas that what one man belches at a bar can be the next man(?)'s belch into a cardboard sandwich and a fast buck on Amazon.

    • http://iamiranaware.wordpress.com/ IranAware

      go troll elsewhere shill

      • Schlomotion

        Sorry Jeff. The truth needs telling.

        • Western Canadian

          There is nothing farther from the truth then your pathetic posts.

          • Schlomotion

            That's why I post them here, so far from the truth.

    • Rifleman

      If it were empty tripe, you would have refuted it schlomo.

  • Rifleman

    If mentioning welfare and food stamps is racist, then shouldn't such racist programs be eliminated? I remember when they declared logic to be racist, now work is racist, and theirabsurdity meter is broken. The timing couldn't be better.

  • Western Spirit

    Shlowmo breaks his buttocks to be first in the comments section so he can set the tone of the comments to acknowledge and answer him, which is a waste of time.

    • bkopicz

      Could not agree with you more!!

    • Schlomotion

      Not really. It just happens that Ann Coulter's articles take a looooong time to accrue comments because people are inherently creeped out by lizards. Typically, it takes about two days for her articles to amass four comments.

      • Maxie

        You seem to be obsessed with Ms. Coulter. What's your problem specifically?

        • IsraelFirster

          Schlo IS Chris Matthews.

      • JakeTobias

        Not at Human Events they don't. And I doubt that is the case here, the only place I have ever noticed you. But I do admire you the way others here have admired Chris Matthews. You are at a different level. Like Chris, or Keith Olbermann, the conviction, energy, and persistence is weirdly impressive. Persistence in the face of common sense. Your deliberate obtuseness can be amusing, not just enraging. Which is good training, as I see it. So keep up the good work, your crazy keeps the rest of us on track. And laughing.

        • Schlomotion

          That's funny. I thought you meant human events as in when she's not speaking before a Reptilian audience. I didn't realize that was a website. I'll have to read it some.

      • Joe Ordinary

        Yes, I am creeper out by you, you old lizard.

  • SFLBIB

    "Chris quickly moved on to Romney’s ads describing the Obama administration’s change to welfare requirements as another example of racism."

    How can it be racism if, as liberals are wont to remind us, most people on welfare are white? The disparate impact will be on them, not minorities. Once again, Mathews shows us that he almost never knows what he is talking about.

  • AntiSharia

    Lunacy is a prerequisite for being an MSNBC broadcaster, or a liberal.

  • Chanameel

    Have you noticed that voice is becoming shrill in its delivery?
    Chevy Chase must be adding estrogen to their public water.

    • mlcblog

      funny

  • http://tarandfeathersusa.wordpress.com/ Iratus Vulgas

    When it comes to the race card game, you can’t win with a liberal. You may as well be playing Three Card Monty with a downtown street hustler. No matter how you play it, you will lose. Republicans get accused of pandering to minorities when they’re included, and accused of purposely excluding them when they’re not. Republicans are racist either way, in this liberal heads-I-win-tails-you-lose shell game.

  • PaulRevereNow

    Matthews The Screamer again.(Who won the war, Chris?) There's a video on YouTube titled, "Chris Matthews gets his A** handed to him." Chris Matthews gets humiliated by Ari Fleischer!

  • Ghostwriter

    It seems that Schlomotion has proven to the world that he's a complete idiot.

  • HighPressure

    Mathews is just a loyal party operative for the ones who gave us the Lynching with KKK, Minority sterilization and Christian hate by queen Maggie Sanger, the anti-semites firm of Carter and Clinton to the pro terrorist hate supporters like the racist Muslim Brotherhood that had it's own sexual assault team of Clinton, Tedddy K and Mr Dodd.

    He has to rant like he needs a straight jacket …. he can't defend the people he works for. What else can he do?

    Paid for the Committee yo defend Liberal Narcissism

  • mlcblog

    I wonder if he'd have any ratings at all if it weren't for his antics.

  • Jules

    I’m waiting for Tingles to either flagellate himself on live tv or pull out a whip and go after a guest.

    The guy is barking mad . He is totally disconnected from reality ,and forget black communities . If he ever actually went to an American ghetto he’d be sucking his thumb in a corner with wet pants.

    The problem is he is enflaming blacks .He is feeding them fraudulent victimization excuses. Which they see as an acknowledgment of their resentments and permission to seek revenge.

    Like the 4 black guys that ordered a pizza and shot the 17 year old delivery boy in the head because “he was white.”

    Or the 2 18 year old black boys that robbed a white college student and shot her in the head because “the white rich b..ch wouldn’t give us her cell phone”

    Or the 9 yr old black boy that bashed a 7 year in the head with a chunk of concrete because “i hate white boys.”

    • Joe Ordinary

      I thought Obuma was going to bring harmony.

  • LittleDon

    “Hardball” Chris Matthews, How does a perfect Donkey keep a job? He must be sleeping with the Producer or Director for anybody with end ounce of Brains would have Fired him along time ago! Good news Their are people out of College and are looking for work, and I know can do a better job! You should give Them a try want can you lose you already have LOW RATINGS!
    God Bless America!!!!!!!!!!!!