Chris Matthews on Obama's SOTU: 'There's Nothing Lefty in Here'
President Obama's State of the Union speech was yet another opportunity to demand a new laundry list of big government programs and massive spending, but MSNBC's Chris Matthews seemed to have some trouble seeing anything "liberal" in it.
As he analyzed the speech during his February 13 broadcast, Matthews told Chuck Todd that he truly couldn't see any overtly leftist. "There's nothing lefty in here. What's the left-wing part? Objectively, was there a left wing piece to this speech last night? I mean, truly left? I didn't see it," he said.
Still, even in his denial a bit of truth broke through Matthews' partisanship: "I mean, basically, he was moving the ball maybe one foot to the left of the midfield."
In his speech, the President proposed hiking the minimum wage, a long-time liberal goal, called for even more spending on education and infrastructure, a sop to unions, tax hikes, gun control, and more "green energy" programs galore.
A transcript of the segment can be seen at Newsbusters.